24 April 2014

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
116 min.
Directed by William Dieterle.
With Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Edmond O'Brien, Alan Marshal, Walter Hampden, Harry Davenport, Katharine Alexander.
SANCTUARY!

Laughton rings supreme in this spectacular 1939 adaptation of the Victor Hugo horror-love story.

Notre Dame's deformed bellringer Quasimodo yearns only for love and acceptance. But finds instead scorn and contempt at every turn...until he spies lovely gypsy Esmeralda (the ultra beautiful O'Hara).

Will the world let the Hunchback alone long enough for him to enjoy one moment of life's drink? Or to satisfy them, will he need to play the part of the horrible monster?

Monochromatic bliss from start to finish, with Laughton and O'Hara (that dance!) smoothly carrying the show.

Stunning medieval sets and assured direction from German Dieterle.

Heartrending pathos was never before mixed so well with vengeful horror...or perhaps since.

A must see classic.

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