The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

DVD - 1997
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Academy award winner Charles Laughton stars as Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Maureen O'Hara is Esmeralda, the beautiful gypsy he adores.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, 1997
ISBN: 9780780620940
Branch Call Number: HUGO HUNC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 02, 2019

After the fire of the France Norte Dame church I had to loan the movie & view what I remember as the Hunchback's church. Enjoyed the gruesome image of the Hunchback; learned from the characters' the moral is looks are disenchanting : the prime minister who raised Quasimodo, the gypsy, the military officer, the street artist...they appear as one impression but their true image is shown at the Do not name call or prejudge
I am loaning the book to see if the movie is align with the writer's orignial story.

Positive moral lesson movie...where are films like this in the present film industry?
5 Quasimodo & ring the big church bells that are his friends can you name all 4 or were there 5 ?

Aug 08, 2018

Interesting facts: Quasimodo and Esmeralda are, in the novel, the exact same age - fifteen years old.
Esmeralda(Rosa) is the 18 month old baby little Quasimodo is traded for. Esmeralda is condemned for two crimes she is innocent of - killing Phoebus (the b@$&@*% is VERY much alive) and the sin of being a ....Read the novel (forget the stupid Cliffs Notes!) and you will learn the answer to these intriguing (and kinky) questions: 1.) What happened to Esmeralda's goat? 2.) Who was Pierre the Poet in love with? 3.) Quote verbatim the last two sentences of the shortest chapter in the book. 4.) What happened to Phoebus? Ya wanna tiny hint? Hokay. The answer to Questions 2 and 4 can be worded the same way: "See previous answer." Ironically, the worst movie version of this tale (Anthony Quinn and Gina Lollobrigida) is the only one with the original ending....and that`s the ONLY thing it gets right. Laughton and Chaney Sr. - they`re the best.

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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