The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) directed by William Dieterle from the novel by Victor Hugo
Maureen O’Hara as Esmeralda and Cedric Hardwicke as Frollo

Esmeralda: It’s so quiet and peaceful here, almost quieter than in the woods where the birds chatter and sing when I come. You know, the birds and deer eat out of my hand. They’re not shy at all when you’re kind to them.
Frollo: I know.
Esmeralda: You like animals?
Frollo: Yes.
Esmeralda: You say that? You? Then you cannot hate as much as you pretend to. Somewhere in your heart there must be love. I know. I see it in your eyes. God has shown me the goodness in you.

2 Responses to “The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) – Victor Hugo’s 210th Birthday”

  1. Another film that particularly resonated with me as boy watching it on television.

  2. It’s restating the obvious to say how fantastic Laughton is in it in a performance that’s mostly pantomime. Alas, because of that he’s not really very quotable so I went with Esmeralda instead.

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