19 Aug 2012

Resonance Radio Orchestra, Free Quasimodo Rooftop Screening Tonight

Worsley’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) - With a live score by Resonance Radio Orchestra

The bar on top of Peckham car park, is screening one of the classics; “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”,  directed by Wallace Worsle, starring Lon Chaney, Sr. and Patsy Ruth Miller. For the soundtrack we've electronics, pipes, sheets of metal (I'm bringing the garden saw!) and more.

Based on the Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, this 1923 film was Universal Studio’s highest grossing film at the time (over $3 million) and launched Chaney as a horror icon.

The film is most notable for its grand sets that recall 15th century Paris, and Lon Chaney's performance and spectacular make-up as the tortured bell-ringer of Notre Dame. The film elevated Chaney, already a well-known character actor, to full star status in Hollywood. It also helped set a standard for many later horror films, including Chaney's "The Phantom of the Opera" in 1925.

NB - although this screening is free, you are will need to book a ticket. Rumour is that it's sold out!