Notre-Dame: The cathedral plays a role in these cult films


For decades, the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, whose fire shocks the entire world, has been the setting or backdrop for numerous films. The facade of the medieval church, built between 1163 and 1345, is probably the most photographed motif in the world capital of love and romance.

Stiller supporting actor in numerous love films

It is one of the most enchanting walks in Paris: The path leads along the promenade on the left bank of the Seine in the 5th arrondissement - overlooking Notre-Dame. This panorama is often used by directors to accompany scenes in love films, such as "An American in Paris" (1951), "A Sweet Fratz" (1957), "Before Sunset" (2004) or "The Smile of Women "(2014). Even the US hit series "Sex and the City", which plays largely in New York, did not want to do without in their 6th season on outdoor shots of Notre Dame.



Even historical or social dramas like "Yves Saint Laurent" (2014) showed Notre-Dame as the synonym for Paris. And the multi-part GDR thriller "Shadow on Notre Dame" (1967) made the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris to the scene of a conspiracy of German and Italian fascists.

In the cult movie "The Fabulous World of Amelie"

The French hit movie "The Fabulous World of Amélie" (2001) starring the enchanting Audrey Tautou (42) deviated from the usual Paris kitsch in a key scene, leaving the mother of the heroine on the square in front of Notre Dame a bizarre death suffer: she was killed by a suicidal tourist who had fallen from one of the church towers ...



"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

In a movie epic Notre-Dame is not only the impressive backdrop, the cathedral also plays the lead role. The material to Victor Hugo with his 1831 published masterpiece "Notre Dame de Paris" delivered. The historical novel first appeared in German in 1884 and 1914 under the title "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

The work of the Parisian writer describes the life and death of the misshapen Quasimodo, who in Notre-Dame provides the office of the bell ringer and turns through the dizzying towers, struts and roof trusses of the temple. Victor Hugo merges various dramatic storylines and paints a vivid and multi-layered image of the Middle Ages in Paris.

As early as 1835, the novel premiered as a play by Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer, followed in 1905 under the title of the female novel character "Esmeralda" the first film adaptation of the literary material, followed in 1917 by another same-content film "The Darling of Paris". The American Wallace Worsley brought in 1923 as the first the Hugo novel under the title "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in the cinemas. The main actor Lon Chaney, who played the ugly Quasimodo, lost part of his eyesight during the filming because the makeup artist had draped an artificial wart on his right eye.



Overall, the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" has been filmed ten times, including. with stars such as Maureen O'Hara and Charles Laughton (1939), Gina Lollobrigida and Anthony Quinn (1956), Anthony Hopkins (1982) or Richard Harris and Salma Hayek (1997). Twice, the facade of Notre Dame was produced in cartoons at Walt Disney Studios (1996 and 2002). And in 1999 the musical "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" had its world premiere in Berlin. It ran for three years at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz and in 2017 over half a year in the Theater des Westens.

The streaming giant Netflix is ​​now planning a new movie. The main role is to take over the British actor Idris Elba (46).

The Case for Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (July 2020).



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