The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hollywood’s second crack at filming Victor Hugo’s gothic novel set the stage for the numerous versions to follow. Lon Chaney, who devised his own grotesque makeup, stars as the legendary bell ringer Quasimodo, mocked and tormented by all Paris. Universal Pictures’ painstaking recreation of the 15th-century Île de la Cité, particularly the Notre Dame Cathedral, are on magnificent display.
Restoration by Universal Pictures
Entry for children under twelve is free.
Live Music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
A chamber ensemble that revives the tradition of silent-film orchestras, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra culls historic libraries of music for its live musical accompaniments. Mont Alto have recorded and toured widely, creating vibrant, emotional, and historically appropriate scores for more than 125 films. Officially formed in 1994 after discovering the music collection of a 1920s-era theater music director, the ensemble combines precision playing with expert selections to bring silent cinema to life. This year’s ensemble is comprised of Rodney Sauer, Brian Collins, Dawn Kramer, Yoriko Morita, Kate Polera and Britt Swenson.
Image credit: Pamela Gentile