The Hunchback of Notre Dame 

Selected by the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch. Special guest: Introduction by makeup artist Gerald Quist.

Selected by the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch. 

Charles Laughton gave one of his most unforgettable performances as Quasimodo, the tragic hunchback from the classic Victor Hugo novel, with the aid of vivid makeup created by Perc Westmore. This lavish RKO production, directed by William Dieterle (The Life of Emile Zola), was one of the studio’s most expensive films of the era, featuring impressive recreations of Notre Dame and the streets of Paris. The film marked the screen debut of Edmond O’Brien and the American debut of Maureen O’Hara, and was nominated for Alfred Newman’s score and its sound recording. 

DIRECTED BY: William Dieterle. WRITTEN BY: Sonya Levien. ADAPTATION BY: Bruno Frank. WITH: Charles Laughton, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara. 1939. 117 min. USA. B&W. English. DCP. 
Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.