The Hunchback of Rome


1h 24m 1963

Brief Synopsis

An updated version of the "Hunchback" legend brought to World War II's fascist Italy, where the title character is a leader in the Resistance Movement, but his rape of the girl he loves, causes him to flee the town and the Nazis to hole up with his fighters in a suburb that he controls.

Film Details

Also Known As
Il gobbo, Le bossu de Rome
Release Date
Oct 1963
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.; Orsay Films
Distribution Company
Royal Films International
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White, Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

On the outskirts of Rome in the winter of 1944, young Alvaro Cosenza, known as "The Hunchback," ruthless, deformed, and orphaned as a child, is the dominating figure in the resistance movement. He takes revenge upon Nazi collaborator Moretti by raping the traitor's daughter, Ninetta, but ironically falls in love with her. Disarmed by the resistance leaders because of his cruel, vindictive nature, The Hunchback steals weapons from a German arsenal. He is wounded and takes refuge in the reluctant Ninetta's house. He recovers and kills Moretti; later he is captured and tortured by the Fascists, but he escapes. With the liberation of Rome, the now-pregnant Ninetta, put out of her house because her father was a collaborator, loses her child by Alvaro and becomes a prostitute. Alvaro wants to aid her, but she refuses his help. The gun-happy Alvaro gathers together a gang of 150 criminals to rule over a poor suburb of Rome. He demonstrates his altruism by donating stolen merchandise to the needy, but he remains a tough outlaw. His plan to wipe out prostitution by giving money to the local whores is met with derisive laughter. Hunted by the police, Alvaro goes to Ninetta's house; and she tries to help him escape, but they are caught in a police trap and killed.

Film Details

Also Known As
Il gobbo, Le bossu de Rome
Release Date
Oct 1963
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.; Orsay Films
Distribution Company
Royal Films International
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White, Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in and around Rome. Opened in Rome in December 1960 as Il gobbo; running time: 103 min; in Paris in November 1961 as Le bossu de Rome; running time: 90 min. Based on the exploits of the historical figure known as "Il Gobbo del Quarticciolo".

Miscellaneous Notes

b&w