Dir. Wallace Worsley / USA / 1923 / 1hr 40mins
Following last year’s showing of Phantom of the Opera, iconic horror actor Lon Chaney appears in another masterpiece of the silent film genre. Based on the Victor Hugo novel of the same name, The Hunchback of Notre Dame sees Lon Chaney play the hunchbacked, inarticulate bell- ringer Quasimodo, who tries to save the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda from his evil master Jehan. This dramatic tale of murder, kidnap, romance and peasant revolt on the streets of Paris is brought to life on the piano by renowned silent film improviser Darius Battiwalla.
Darius Battiwalla has given recitals at cathedrals and concert halls across the UK. He has appeared as soloist with the Halle and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and is a regular organist for the BBC Philharmonic orchestra. He gives regular chamber concerts with members of the Manchester orchestras and has broadcast on BBC Radio. Recently he has accompanied a series of silent films at the National Media Museum.
Presented in partnership with the University of Sheffield Concert Series.