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Saturday Night Cinema: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:00:43 +0000

Tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema feature is in honor of the tragedy that befell great cathedral in Paris this week. “The Huncback of Notre Dame”  starring the magnificent monster Charles Laughton, is easily the best version of the Victor Hugo’s classic tale of a fated love. In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.

Critics Corner:

“In its shocking way it’s really very fine.”

“Gorgeous, brilliant, nearly flawless.”

“Charles Laughton gives a riveting, haunting performance in this atmospheric, Oscar-nominated version, previously shot in 1923 with Lon Chaney and in 1957 with Anthony Quinn”

The Hunchback Of Norte Dame (1939) – Charles Laughton – Maureen O’Hara – The Movie, SDC TELEVISION from brtiAmerica on Vimeo.

THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ With Charles Laughton, Opens at Music Hall– ‘SOS Mediterranean’ at Cameo and ‘Big Guy’ at Globe Also Seen

By Frank S. Nugent,  January 1, 1940, Page The New York Times Archives

The Music Hall is no place for the youngsters this week. Take warning!

We have only a faint recollection of Lon Chaney’s “Hunchback” in 1923. He had a hairy chest and back, was blind of one eye and deaf and, since those were the silent days, we could not hear him speak. Charles Laughton’s version is even more horrendous. It is to Mr. Laughton’s credit that he is able to act at all under his make-up, to suggest exultation, hatred and to evoke pity.

Yet we cannot truthfully say we enjoyed him or his picture. The film is almost unrelievedly brutal and without the saving grace of unreality which makes Frankenstein’s horrors a little comic. The only joyously fantastic note in the whole proceedings is the scene where Quasimodo swings, like Tarzan, on a rope from the cathedral tower to the scaffold, plucks the gypsy Esmeralda from the hangman’s grasp and—in haughty defiance of all the rules of pendulum—swings grandly back to the tower again, hoarsely bellowing “Sanctuary! Sanctuary!” instead of the ape-man’s warcry. But otherwise its progress is furiously bloody and brutal, with floggings in the market-place, murder, showers of molten lead, torture and many more ugly refinements.

It is handsome enough of production and its cast is expert, with Maureen O’Hara as a beautiful Esmeralda. Sir Cedric Hardwicke as the fanatic Lord High Justice, Walter Hampden as the Archbishop, Harry Davenport as King Louis, Thomas Mitchell as the beggar king and Alan Marshal and Edmund O’Brien as Captain Phoebus and the poet Gringoire. In spite of them all, we enter our doubts and demurrers: at the Rialto, yes; at the Music Hall—and as a holiday show—no! “The Hunchback” belongs between the covers of his book or back in the simpler days of the movies; he’s a bit too coarse for our tastes now.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, as adapted by Bruno Frank from the Victor Hugo novel;
screen play by Sonya Levien;
musical adaptation and original composition by Alfred Newman;
directed by William Dieterle;
produced by Pandro S. Berman for RKO-Radio.

At the Radio City Music Hall.
Quasimodo . . . . . Charles Laughton
Frollo . . . . . Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Clopin . . . . . Thomas Mitchell
Esmeralda . . . . . Maureen O’Hara
Gringoire . . . . . Edmond O’Brien
Phoebus . . . . . Alan Marshal
Archbishop . . . . . Walter Hampden
Fleur’s Mother . . . . . Katharine Alexander
King Louis XI . . . . . Harry Davenport
Procurator . . . . . George Zucco
Old Nobleman . . . . . Fritz Leiber
Doctor . . . . . Etienne Girardot
Fleur . . . . . Helene Whitney
Queen of Beggars . . . . . Minna Gombell
Olivier . . . . . Arthur Hohl
Beggar . . . . . George Tobias
Phillipo . . . . . Rod La Rocque
Court Clerk . . . . . Spencer Charters

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Russia’s largest yeshiva attacked with arson and swastikas on Passover
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 20:34:09 +0000

World Zionist Organization (WZO) Vice Chairman Yaakov Hagoel responded to the arson fire set at Moscow’s Torat Chaim yeshiva during a Passover Seder on Friday. According to the Interfax news agency, the fire was set in a storage area for kosher meat and swastikas were drawn at the yeshiva’s entrance.

“The anti-Semitic arsonists do not want to allow Diaspora Jews true freedom,” Hagoel said. “This serious incident at the Torat Chaim yeshiva in Russia’s capital is another red light in the righteous fight in the war against anti-Semitism and terror in Europe.”

“I call on Russia’s President Putin, a true friend of the State of Israel, to help and protect the Jews in his country, so that they are able, specifically, to proudly fulfill the holiday’s commandments, and in general are able to fulfill the other commandments without fear.

“I support the Jewish community in Moscow and hope they will be able to continue their work faithfully, without fearing such instances. I wish them a happy and kosher Passover holiday.”

Russia’s largest yeshiva attacked with arson and swastikas ahead of Passover

No one reported injured in fire at Torat Chaim in eastern Moscow, hours before 60 people gathered for traditional seder meal

By AP and TOI, 19 April 2019, 10:14 pm 0

A person inspects the damage from a fire set at the Torat Chaim Yeshiva on the eve of Passover, April 19, 2019 (Courtesy/Torat Chaim Yeshiva)
A person inspects the damage from a fire set at the Torat Chaim Yeshiva on the eve of Passover, April 19, 2019 (Courtesy/Torat Chaim Yeshiva)

MOSCOW, Russia — Jewish officials said Friday an arson fire was set at the largest yeshiva in Russia just ahead of the Passover meal celebration. Swastikas were also sprayed on the seminary.

No one was reported injured in the early Friday fire at the Torat Chaim school in an eastern Moscow suburb.

Olga Esaulova, a spokeswoman for Moscow’s chief rabbi, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying the fire was set in a storage area for kosher meat and that swastikas were drawn at the yeshiva’s entrance.

There were about 60 students, rabbis and guests in the building at the time, the state news agency RIA-Novosti reported.

While Russia has a long history of anti-Semitism, it has noticeably declined under Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Putin has made considerable efforts to reach out to Russian Jewish communities, both within his state’s borders and in Israel. His country’s chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, is a close confidante.

He has encouraged the restoration of dozens of synagogues destroyed under communism and taken a hard-line on anti-Semitism.

A person inspects the damage from a fire set at the Torat Chaim Yeshiva on the eve of Passover, April 19, 2019 (Courtesy/Torat Chaim Yeshiva)

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CAPTURED! Two Muslim terrorists involved in Wall Street Journal Bureau Chief Daniel Pearl’s beheading held in Pakistan
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 18:33:08 +0000

18 years – this is Islamic justice? How different is this from Osama bin Laden’s ten years in “an upper-class mansion” less than a mile from Pakistan Military Academy in Bilal Town, Abbottabad, Pakistan, a suburb housing many retired military officers? Or Taliban founder Mullah Omar living within walking distance of American bases in Afghanistan for years?

Two militants have been arrested for their involvement in the kidnapping and killing of American and several terror-related activities in the country, officials said on Friday.

The Counter-Terrorism Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s district said they are the most dreaded terrorists of the Tehrik-e- (TTP).

and were arrested during an intelligence-based operation, officials said.

They were involved in the kidnapping and killing of American Pearl in 2002.

Pearl, who was the Bureau of The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and later beheaded by terrorists in

Azeem, an active member of the TTP Karachi, TTP Swat and Shagla districts, was a trained terrorist and a suicide bombing trainer who supplied trained suicide bombers to the TTP, they said, adding that he was also the of financial affairs of TTP Miranshah.

He was also involved in the terrorist attack on the staff in and provided suicide bombers for an attack on former Gen

Anwar, who was trained in Khbyer, was the mastermind behind the attack on terminal wherein two policemen were killed.

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