Victor Hugo: the books of the unforgettable French writer adapted for the big screen

Portrait of the writer Victor Hugo

Victor-Hugothe great French writer of the 19th century, protagonist of the most important cultural and political events of his time, represents for many the apogee of literary romanticism European; In addition to the recognition of his texts, his work has been adapted many times, both for the big screen and for the theater; Today, as we celebrate 220 years since his birth, we remember some of them.

His worldwide fame is based on what are perhaps his most important novels: Notre Dame of Paris (1831) and wretched (1862), although in French-speaking culture his poetic work is held in equal or higher esteem.

From an early age, the French writer was interested in both poetry, as in novels and drama and his dedication has helped him create many socio-cultural environments that stand out in his work.

The years of study of Victor Hugo are very important, while he studied law at the University of Paris, he founded the journal “The Literary Curator”; between 1822 and 1827, he published his book of poetry “Various Odes and Poetry”; his first novel, “Han of Iceland”, and his first piece, titled “Cromwell”.

Victor Hugo was one of the few men of his time to give women a voice and to speak out against the unjust treatment to which society at the time subjected them. “It is difficult to make man happy with the suffering of women,” he wrote in a letter to Léon Richer, creator of the Association for Women’s Rights (1869).

Adaptation of his works

Among his works that have stood out the most in cinema are:



This work, which takes the rebellion of June 1832 in Paris out of context, is considered the most important story of French romanticism, since it expresses the defense of the oppressed of all times.

The 2012 film, starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe, managed to make its viewers fall in love with the famous songs and phrases, as the 2 hour 38 minute tape managed to get nominations and awards in different categories.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Disney’s animated film was an adaptation of the French literary work Notre Dame of Parisby Victor Hugo, in 1996.

His story takes place at the top of Notre-Dame Cathedral, hidden from the eyes of all the citizens of Paris, lives Quasimodo. His tutor, Judge Frollo, does not allow him to come down from the steeple.

the man who Laughs


Silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, directed by Paul Leni, about a proud nobleman who refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James II of England, who orders his jester Barkilphedro to get rid of him, so he will be cruelly executed and her surgically disfigured son.

The Diary of Adela H.


It is the story of Adèle Hugo, daughter of the writer Victor Hugo, who decides, because of her deep convictions, to distance herself from society and to live with absolute respect for herself, without compromise, almost without listening or seeing what is happening around her. . Despite everything, she is obsessed with a frustrated love: the one she had with a naval officer and which sank her.


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