The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

DVD - 1967
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Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c1967.
ISBN: 9780780620940
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) :,sd., b&w. ;,12 cm.


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Sep 29, 2014

Victor Hugo wrote a terrific novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". This is the story of Quasimodo, who is brilliantly played by Charles Laughton. The character is the deformed bell ringer of Notre Dame. Maureen O'Hara plays Esmeralda, who is being held in the church after being framed for the murder of a man. I won't ruin a classic film plot for you, but it all plays out brilliantly. Although first made as a silent movie with Lon Chaney, and remade many times over the years, critics still feel that Charles Laughton was the ultimate Quasimodo. So back to 15th Century England and the "Hunchback of Notre Dame". Victor Hugo would be proud of his writing given life with this great movie.

Sep 02, 2013

Charles Laughton steals the show in this version of Victor Hugo's tale. In what I would consider an out of character role for him, he is hugely, HUGELY expressive in relaying his pain and sadness non-verbally, for the most part, as the poor unfortunate Quasimodo. Nineteen year-old Maureen O'Hara was exquisite here in her first American film, due mostly to Laughton's persuasiveness and recommendation, to which she was forever grateful. Baby-faced Edmond O'Brien was almost unrecognizable to me; so young and energetic as Esmeralda's admirer Gringoire. This is a wonderful classic, that spared no expense in production, and it ranks right up there with two of my other favorite Charles Laughton movies, both released in 1935: "Les Misérables", and "Mutiny on the Bounty". Maybe you've heard of them. :) FIVE STARS.


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Sep 02, 2013

Quasimodo, the bell-ringer (to one of the cathedral's gargoyles, as he watches Esmeralda leave): "...Why was I not made of stone... like thee?"

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