The Clark Has a Hunch

Free Screening of Silent Film

By: - Dec 18, 2023

On Thursday, January 18, the Clark Art Institute kicks off its free five-part film series highlighting a rich group of classic films that have been recently restored to provide an exceptional viewing experience. The Clark shows The Hunchback of Notre Dame at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

Directed by Wallace Worsley, Universal’s largest-scale silent film played a large part in making Lon Chaney a legend. It paved the way for the rest of their enduring legacy of gothic horror from the golden age of film. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923; 2 hours, 13 minutes), Quasimodo (an inarticulate, deformed human being, who is the bellringer of the Cathedral of Notre Dame) sacrifices his life to save Esmeralda (a Gypsy girl who once befriended him) from Jehan, the hunchback's evil master and brother to Dom Claude, chief priest of the cathedral.

Admission to the Clark is free through March 2024. For more information, visit

The next screening in the New Restorations Film Series is All That Money Can Buy (aka The Devil and Daniel Webster) on January 25 at 6 pm in the Clark’s auditorium.