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A Butt-Numb-A-Thon 12 Missing Moment! Guillermo Del Toro's intro to the classic HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME!

Hey folks, Harry here with a special moment that didn't quite happen at BUTT-NUMB-A-THON: THE DIRTY DOZENTH this past year.   Ordinarily - this would have been seen in a room full of lucky BNATTERS - now - it takes place with you sitting at your computer.

Guillermo rather desperately wanted to attend this year's BNAT, but as anyone who has been paying attention to his particular career path can attest.   The man is busy.   On that particular weekend he had to launch an exciting Video Game endeavor, but he insisted on still being a part of things.   Sadly, the video didn't quite get to me before the start of the event.   So instead, we've decided to use this video to perhaps inspire a great many of you to seek out the rather brilliant William Dieterle directed HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.   The only film to screen at the first ever Cannes Film Festival (Hitler's invasion of Poland caused the fest to close up).   One geeky thing that Guillermo doesn't mention...  Esmeralda's screams were those of Fay Wray's from KING KONG.   Yeah, I love those screams...

Now here's the trailer for the great 1939 film. Definitely a film you must see!

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  • Jan. 4, 2011, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Nice to finally have this up


    Here's Guillermo Del Toro's missing BNAT12 introduction to HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME!!! Thanks goes to JJ & Mike McCutchens and oddly enough, the University of Texas!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST

    And Gorram, What A Great Print It Was

    by ArcherNX01

    Thanks Harry... and who the fuck made a statue of Boris' candid Frankenstein?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 1:46 a.m. CST

    agreed, very nice print indeed

    by leeland

    the B&Ws for BNAT 12 gave the new releases some tough acts to follow

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:12 a.m. CST

    'Laughton' is pronounced 'Law-tun'...

    by workshed

    ...maybe Guillermo was doing this as a wind up..? Nice to see a man of such exquisite taste praising one of my all-time faves. Dieterle is much overlooked imo.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Lon Chaney was no slouch either...

    by dogu4

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Like being offered dessert at Salt Lick BBQ

    by SgtEdRock

    Wow - just when I think I could not have absorbed a single additional scrap of BNAT awesomeness, here is tangible evidence of what would have been yet another amazing, jaw-dropping BNAT moment. Hard to imagine the uproar if Mr. Del Toro had walked into the room! :-)

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Maureen O'Hara is STILL alive -

    by MisterBlue

    90 years old and living in Ireland. Goodness, I hope someone gets her to do some audio commentaries of HUNCHBACK and her John Ford westerns; QUIET MAN, etc. before she passes -

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by Ben Harrison

    Yeah, this was one of my favourite vintage films at BNAT, it played so well. When Quasi comes swinging in to rescue Esmeralda, the crowd actually cheered.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Thanks for sharing!

    by hippolyta

    I missed a lot of the intros due to the short breaks, which I hated, because although I love the surprise factor of BNAT, when the film is announced I like to hear why it was chosen or who brought it, etc. Damn my tiny bladder! Anyway, glad to have this as a keepsake.