Fleur de Lys’s most interesting function in Hunchback is to act of Esmeralda’s foil. If Esmeralda is dreamy and romantic towards Phoebus then Fleur de Lys has knowledge of his tendencies for wantonness.
In this version’s case the Esmeralda is earthy yet childish. Many people call her “girl” and Phoebus calls her “child.” So this Fleur de Lys is prim and for lack of a better word, an unfeeling bitch. She also seems very sexually overt, like she always ready for Phoebus. It just makes her more interesting than a straight depiction of the character.
I want to mention really quickly that the juxtaposition between Fleur de Lys and Esmeralda leads to a really great edit, and this many be the only time I mention the editing in this version because there is not much to discuss.
As Esmeralda torture is going on the movie cuts to Fleur de Lys and Phoebus. Phoebus is feeding her grapes. This is symbolic of pleasure. Fleur de Lys’ mother enters the scene and tells Phoebus his name has been brought up in a witchcraft case. Fleur de Lys questions how can that be and he makes an excuse saying it was nothing. He then rests his hands near Fleur de Lys’ mouth and she bites his fingers. It then cuts to Esmeralda screaming as she being torture. Esmeralda’s scream starts over the Fleur de Lys’ scene before it cuts away, or a sound bridge.
Fleur de Lys is one of the few highlights of this version. Her bitchiness is just so refreshing in an otherwise soulless adaptation.Follow thehunchblog