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Andrea Kosko

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  1. Thank you! Makes sense to me. You’ve answered my question.
  2. Interesting parallel. I suppose having a hunchback or any disability, for that matter, is seen as a curse from God. What a terrible burden to bear: not only the physical ailment, but also the stain of sin and judgment. No wonder hunchbacks in literature are thought of as evil! That’s the real horror: blaming the victim.
  3. No, no! Not cold-blooded at all. Frightened, mistreated, in love with Esmerelda .... misunderstanding their intentions, he protects her from the mob he thinks is coming to hang her. He throws Frollo from the tower because Frollo is obsessed with Esmerelda and wants to destroy her. Quasimodo’s motivation is pure and noble. He kills the bad guy (Frollo) to keep Esmerelda safe, only to sadly watch as she leaves with her new husband. Heartbreaking. A fine drama.
  4. Thank you, you’re quite right: not gentle while resourcefully using molten lead and building blocks to destroy other humans! However, his motivation is noble: to protect the innocent Esmerelda. And, as an unfortunate, mistreated “almost man”, he’s certainly is worthy of our pity. Sounds like a good drama to me.
  5. I get that Mr. & Mrs. Frankenstein aren’t intentionally malevolent .... but they aren’t natural, either. They’re creations of the Doctor: unnaturally formed by stitching dead body parts together and animating them with electricity. That’s the evil, malevolent force: Man tries to be God. Quasimodo, pitifully deformed and disabled as he may be, is at least part of the natural world. And we soon learn what a noble, courageous spirit he has. Just my two cents: this is a drama, not a horror film.
  6. Can anyone explain why The Hunchback of Notre Dame is labeled as “Horror” in TCM’s Summer Under the Stars schedule for today, August 17th? Surely this must be a mistake! Shouldn’t it be classified as “Drama”? After all, it’s great literature, a Victor Hugo classic. Quasimodo might look horrible, but he’s anything but a malevolent character. Thoughts?
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