The Hunchback of Notre Dame
One of the all-time great cinematic masterpieces, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939, wonderfully directed by William Dieterle), airs on TCM tonight (please check your local listings for time). Charles Laughton simply does NOT get enough credit today. The man was an absolute powerhouse of an actor and blows me away each time I see this film.
As a VERY emphatic person (meaning I literally FEEL what others are going through… fictional or not), this is a difficult movie for me to watch. However, as someone who loves old movies, Maureen O’Hara, and great acting, it’s a difficult movie for me not to watch.
Maureen O’Hara and Charles Laughton
Be sure to watch the movie on TCM tonight or, at the very least, record it on dvr. While I have a huge dvd collection, I love watching films live on TCM – not only does it feel as though I’m supporting a very important channel (let’s make that vital and essential channel!), I love the commentary their wonderful hosts give before and after a movie. It feels as though I’m watching it with them and that’s pretty darn cool.
And I don’t even have to share my popcorn! Also cool.
Charles Laughton as Quasimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame