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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Movie - 1939)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
116 minutes
performer:
Cedric Hardwicke, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Thomas Mitchell, Edmond O'Brien
director:
William Dieterle
distributor:
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A

Along with 1935’s A Tale of Two Cities, this adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel stands as Hollywood’s best version of a classic. Every element, from the acting to the sets to Alfred Newman’s Oscar-nominated music to William Dieterle’s expansive direction, is virtually flawless. This new laserdisc transfer does full justice to Joseph August’s breathtaking black-and-white cinematography, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame‘s bonuses — a running commentary by critic Robert Osborne, a making-of featurette starring O’Hara — are informative and fun. Best revelation: The cathedral bells on the soundtrack were recorded at the real Notre Dame. A

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