Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The
With huge sets, rousing action scenes and a versatile throng portraying a medieval Paris of cutthroats, clergy, beggars and nobles, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) remains on of Hollywood's all-time grandest spectacles.
Charles Laughton endured a daily five-and-a-half-hour makeup session to become Quasimodo, the mocked and vilified bellringer of Notre Dame. The result was on of his best performances: outsized yet nuanced, heart-rendering yet inspiring. Maureen O'Hara is the gypsy Esmerelda, whose simple act of pity frees the emotions within him. When she is wrongly condemned, he rescues her from hanging, sweeping all of Paris into a fight for justice.