Book:  The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

             by Victor Hugo

Film:    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame



Published in 1831, Victor Hugo would make a stand against Gothic buildings being modernised or torn down to make way for more modern buildings.  Notre-Dame is a main character within the text creating long standing narrative about the famous building that doesn’t really add to the story. 


In 1939, William Dieterle would direct and the film stars Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara in the starring roles.  The film would tack on a happy ending that most film adaptions still use creating a romantic dramatic film.  Paris and Notre-Dame were built on a western ranch in Culver City and the film would have the essence of World War II as it stirs up feelings of Jews displacement during this time.  The film would become a box office hit.  The film was made for $1.8 million and considered one of the most expensive films by RKO at that time.


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Opening Credits; Introduction (.51); Plot Synopsis (10.21); Forming the Plot (11.52); Book Thoughts (16.44); Final Thoughts of Book (1:02.52); Introducing a Film (1:08.18); Film Trailer (1:09.07);  Lights, Camera, Action (1:10.51); Epilogue (1:37.18); End Credits (1:47.05); Closing Credits (1:48.50)


Closing Credits – Of Monster and Men by Human from the album Beneath the Skin.  Copyright 2015 Sony ATV Music Publishing


Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 


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