Quasimodo was born disfigured, hunchbacked and lame, and years spent ringing the bells of the Cathedral of Notre Dame have left him deaf, but also spared him the taunts of the cruel mobs of Paris. Now Quasimodo has fallen in love with the lovely Gypsy girl Esmeralda, the only person who ever showed pity on him - but she faces a death sentence, and only Quasimodo's pure spirit can save her. Or can he?
"Tragic endings in Paris of 1482"
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (original French title, Notre-Dame de Paris) is set in 1482 in Paris, in and around the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. It tells the story of a poor Gypsy girl (La Esmeralda) and a misshapen bell-ringer (Quasimodo), one of the most colorful characters in literature, who falls in love with her. They are both victimized by a corrupt priest (Claude Frollo) and begin an adventure filled with great peril and great heroism.
"Morbid love described ...."
Set amid the riot, intrigue, and pageantry of medieval Paris, Victor Hugo's masterful tale of heroism and adventure has been a perennial favorite since its first publication in 1831. It is the story of Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral, who falls in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. When Esmeralda is condemned as a witch by Claude Frollo, the tormented archdeacon who lusts after her, Quasimodo attempts to save her; but his intentions are misunderstood.
"Davidson was miscast"
Victor Hugo's first great novel sets the classic character of Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer with his hopeless devotion to the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda, in the magnificent Gothic setting of the great cathedral of Notre Dame. The tragedy that follows is once again beautifully told by Christopher Lee.
"A French Classic"
The archdeacon of Notre Dame, Claude Frollo, falls in lust with Esmerelda, a gypsy dancer who is much admired in Paris. At his instruction, Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell-ringer of Notre Dame who he has befriended, kidnaps her. Esmerelda is rescued by Phoebus de Chateaupers (Captain of the Royal Archers) and she falls mistakenly in love with his bravery when he is, in reality, something of a rogue and a braggart.
"Excellent Story, Fantastic Narration"
En París, a fines de la Edad Media, una bella gitana llamada Esmeralda es condenada a ser bruja por Claude Frollo, quien está atormentado en tenerla. Quasimodo, el tocador de campana deforme de la Catedral, se ha enamorado de Esmeralda y quiere salvarla de Claude Frollo escondiéndola dentro de las torres de la Catedral. Nadie en el pueblo entiende el motivo por el cual Quasimodo oculta a Esmeralda, así que deciden atacar la Catedral para liberarla de sus garras.
In the grotesque bell-ringer Quasimodo, Victor Hugo created one of the most vivid characters in classic fiction. Quasimodo's doomed love for the beautiful gipsy girl Esmeralda is an example of the traditional love theme of beauty and the beast. Yet, set against the massive background of Notre Dame de Paris and interwoven with the sacred and secular life of medieval France, it takes on a larger perspective.
Notre Dame de Paris, pubblicato nel 1831, fu il primo grande successo di Victor Hugo. Il romanzo storico, in cui la trama sembra a volte solo un pretesto per accurate descrizioni della Parigi della fine del XV secolo, avvolge il lettore nelle sue prosa immaginifica, ironica,danzante. Dalla storia sono state tratte moltissimi adattamenti di musical, cartoni animati, e film. Il gobbo di Notre Dame è un archetipo del mostro che si annulla nell’amore.Cornice musicale: sinfonia n.7 di Beethowen.
The St. Charles Players present a unique telling of Victor Hugo's classic tale, in a new multi-cast dramatization performed in exciting Radio Theatre style.
An adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic tale set in 15th-century Paris, dramatised in a collaboration between the BBC and Graeae, the disabled-led theatre company. Starring deaf actor David Bower, artistic director of Signdance Collective. Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer, hides away in the bell tower of Notre Dame Cathedral, friendless and ashamed of his appearance. When the bewitching gypsy Esmeralda arrives in Paris, Quasimodo falls in love with her from afar. Starring David Bower and full cast.
Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer, and Frollo, the archbeacon, are both in love with Esmeralda. But the beatiful gypsy has already married another man to save his life - and her heart belongs to an army captain! Poor Quasimodo doesn't have much of a chance.
Quasimodo is abandoned as a baby on the steps of Notre Dame. He becomes a bell-ringer there, but in order to hide his grotesque features he spends his life virtually imprisoned in a tower. While there, he becomes obsessed by Esmerelda, a gipsy who dances in the square below. A tragic and moving tale.
Set in 1482, Victor Hugo's powerful novel of imagination, caprice, and fantasy is a meditation on love, fate, architecture, and politics, as well as a compelling recreation of the medieval world at the dawn of the modern age. In a brilliant reworking of the tale of Beauty and the Beast, Hugo creates a host of unforgettable characters, amongst them Quasimodo, the hunchback of the title, hopelessly in love with the gypsy girl Esmeralda; satanic priest Claude Frollo; Clopin Trouillefou, king of the beggars; and Louis XI.
En vacker söndagsmorgon hade någon lagt en varelse på bänken utanför kyrkan. Där brukade man lägga hittebarn för att de skulle bli omhändertagna av fattigvården. Det som nu låg där hade lockat en samling nyfikna till sig. Och anledningen var att det inte var något nyfött barn utan ett missfoster — en mycket kantig och orolig sak, inlindad i en linnesäck. Det hade ett vanskapt huvud, en skog av rött hår, ett öga, en mun som skrek och tänder som såg ut att vilja bitas.
The famous story of the ugliest man in Paris, Quasimodo, and the beautiful gypsy dancer Esmeralda who casts her spell over all men who see her, with tragic results. Can Quasimodo's love for Esmeralda save her? Classic stories brought to life for young listeners in dramatised readings with music and sound effects.