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Weekend Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

9 Mar

This is a silent film, but it is absolutely terrific. Many people do not realise the gravity in the original, non-Disney tale, by Victor Hugo; this is the original, pre-cartoon, pre-happy-ending tale, set in 1482. The story is nearly as macabre as the acting of Lon Chaney Sr, one of several icons of early horror and suspense pictures. The character; dark, ugly, isolated; represents more than just a hideous bell-ringer, Quasimodo is a representation of the self-despair and feelings of loneliness and solitude experienced by all people in their lifetimes. He is hateful, cynical, an anti-hero without leading man charms, without extroversion, but with a heart true to the nature of man; right or wrong and with perseverance as any, “normal human being,” could dream of posessing.

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