Stars: Charles Laughton, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Maureen O'Hara, Edmond O'brien, Walter Hampden
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Runtime: 117 minutes
Lon Chaney, the man of a thousand faces, was best known for playing Quasimodo and the Phantom of the Opera. But the former role was clearly the most ambitious of his illustrious career, full of such longing and anguish. It's as though his entire being was consumed by this ugly outcast with a heart as big and beautiful as Notre Dame itself. And the makeup is still astonishing. The rest of this unrequited love story is pretty effective as well, with the re-creation of medieval Paris a standout for its lavishness. Like all great silent films, it delivers a poetry of life that is abstract and tangible at the same time. --Bill Desowitz
They're beautiful, no? So many colors of sound, so many changing moods. Because, you know, they do not ring all by themselves.
No, you silly boy. Up there, high, high in the dark bell tower, lives the mysterious bell ringer. Who is this creature?
What is he?
How did he come to be there?
Clopin will tell you. It is a tale, a tale of a man, and a monster.
Hey, Quasi, what's goin' on out there? A fight? A flogging?
You mean the Feast of Fools? All right, all right! Pour the wine and cut the cheese.
It is a treat to watch the colorful pageantry of the simple peasant folk.
Boy, nothin' like balcony seats for watching the ol' F.O.F.
Oh, look. A mime.
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