Paris, 1482. Today is the festival of the fools, taking place like each year in the square outside Cathedral Notre Dame. Among jugglers and other entertainers, Esmeralda, a sensuous gypsy, performs a bewitching dance in front of delighted spectators. From up in a tower of the cathedral, Frollo, an alchemist, gazes at her lustfully. Later in the night, Frollo orders Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer and his faithful servant, to kidnap Esmeralda. But when the ugly freak comes close to her, he is touched by the young woman’s beauty…
Jean Delannoy (12 January 1908 – 18 June 2008) was a French actor, film editor, screenwriter and film director.
Although Delannoy was born in a Paris suburb, his family is from Haute-Normandie in the north of France. He was a Protestant, a descendant of Huguenots, some of whom fled the country during the French Wars of Religion first to settle in Wallonia then, after their name became De la Noye and then Delano, were on the second ship to emigrate to Plymouth, Massachusetts in America.
Jean Delannoy was a student in Paris when he began acting in silent films. He eventually landed a job with Paramount Studios Parisian facilities, working his way up to head film editor. In 1934 he directed his first film and went on to a long career, both writing and directing. In 1946, his film about a Protestant minister titled La symphonie pastorale was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1960, his film, Maigret tend un piège was nominated for a BAFTA award for “Best… read more
Just watched Delannoy's MACAO: GAMBLING HELL, with Von Stroheim and Sessue Hayakawa. A very enjoyable experience. The former is an opportunist, making a deal with the Japanese military to provide them with arms, for a price. The latter plays the owner of a casino in Macao, and the man who possesses the arms that Von Stroheim intends to purchase. Mireille Balin ( PEPE LE MOKO and Gremillon's LADYKILLER) also stars.