Friday, June 23, 2006

I Had A Hunch...

I figured it would be good, but I was really impressed with this movie. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" from 1939, with Charles Laughton as Quasimodo, blew me away. I've seen the silent version with Lon Chaney, and the TV version with Anthony Hopkins, but this was the best. (I haven't seen the Disney animated one, though. Maybe it's best. Not.) The make-up, which took seven hours to apply, was outstanding for the time, and Laughton made it seem real. Laughton's acting ability is second to none. The beautiful Maureen O'Hara as Esmerelda and Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Frollo were also phenomenal. It was an ambitious film for '39, with a huge budget and cast. If you like classic films, don't miss it.

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