Silent film returns to haunt

SOMETHING WICKED—Returning to NMU, the French Club’s annual silent film with live piano promises to spook viewers. This year’s movie pick is in honor of the burned Notre Dame Cathedral.

SOMETHING WICKED—Returning to NMU, the French Club’s annual silent film with live piano promises to spook viewers. This year’s movie pick is in honor of the burned Notre Dame Cathedral.

Adan Mulvaney

The French Club will be sponsoring a free showing of the 1923 film, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30.

The night will include a live grand piano performance by Bob Buchkoe, a seasoned and respected pianist. The film and music will be showcased in the Ontario Room at the Northern Center.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is the original version on screen of Victor Hugo’s classic creepy novel. 

The French club had chosen the movie this year to pay homage to the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral that recently underwent tragic damage by fire. The majority of the roof, the structure of which was dated to the 13th century, as well as the spire, which was constructed in the 19th century, were irreversibly damaged in the flames. 

The cathedral has stood for 856 years, surviving the French revolution, Napoleon and two world wars. Then on April 15, 2019, the cathedral was damaged by the fire that lasted a total of 15 hours. 

Nelly Kupper, head of the French department and sponsor for the French club, encourages people to come join French club and see the movie.

“The NMU French Club is an organization that represents students, who, by virtue of their will to take on the difficult task of immersion in a foreign language and its culture, are especially interested in diversity, international perspective and consensus,” Kupper said.

Biochemistry and French double major Bridget Verdon said she’s excited to see the movie. Verdon has been learning French since her sophomore year of high school.

“I love the French language. It’s a beautiful language to speak. I’m excited to see the movie, and anyone with a love for the French culture and movies should come,” Verdon said.