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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

FotR screencaps ~ Bree: Frodo asks after Gandalf at the Prancing Pony...

Posted on 2006.03.16 at 18:38
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Here are the next set of Bree images. I had tweaked and refined and tucked them away in their Photobucket album a few days ago, but only now have I had the time to post them.....

Again, because they are rather dark on a small screen I have brightened and sharpened them. Here is an example of an unretouched screencap:

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It's difficult to believe, but this is the entire script for this portion of the Prancing Pony scene:

(Hobbits enter the Prancing Pony)

Frodo: Excuse me?

Butterbur: Good evening little masters! If you’re seeking accommodation we’ve got some nice, cozy, hobbit-sized rooms available. Mr. uh--

Frodo: --Underhill, my name’s Underhill.

Butterbur: Underhill. Hmm.

Frodo: We’re friends of Gandalf the Grey. Can you tell him we’ve arrived?

Butterbur: Gandalf? Gandalf? Ohhh yes! I remember, elderly chap, big gray beard, pointy hat. Not seen him for 6 months.

(The hobbits are shocked. Worry crosses their faces)

Sam: What do we do now?

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It astounds me that this bit of seemingly inconsequential dialogue should play so richly on the screen. The exchange in the book was far more involved and interesting as something to be read. But a film script isn't for reading, is it? It's for making into film. I must remind myself to remember that. My hat goes off in admiration to the filmmakers, the actors, Howard Shore who scored this scene so effectively.

As usual, Frodo is breathtaking. The contrast of dark and light offers yet another feast for the eyes of fans of the Baroque....

~ Frodo asks after Gandalf and hears disquieting news -- from the full-screen theatrical version of The Fellowship of the Ring:

Next Bree entry here.

Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.

~ Mechtild


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mechtild at 2006-03-17 02:04 (UTC) (Link)
Oops! Thanks for the note on the lj-cut! Talk about bogging down the F-list! I had messed up a code.

Yes, those last ones are indeed especially beautiful. All of his looking-down-shots are great, but they usually constitute eye-blinks. In this series, he really was looking down, thinking about what he had heard.

All of the shots in the series are full of so much intelligence and so much readable emotional affect (even if Frodo was trying to keep his reactions to himself), it is what made this little exchange are rich as it was. It's a lovely thing to scroll down and see the nuances in his responses to what Butterbur has to tell him. (Not to mention his beautiful-ness, of course.)
shirebound at 2006-03-17 01:19 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you're feeling a little better! Thank you for this treat.
mechtild at 2006-03-17 02:04 (UTC) (Link)
I am feeling better, thank you, Shirebound. I am not ill, just suffering from my usual "cosmic dread." Perhaps it is seasonal. :D
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-03-17 20:27 (UTC) (Link)
These caps are ex-squee-site.

Thank you Mechtild, for creating and sharing them, they are very much appreciated.

It's difficult to believe, but this is the entire script for this portion of the Prancing Pony scene...

Like Frodo himself ‘multum in parvo’ (Much in little.)

*Is dead for the remainder of the evening *

mechtild at 2006-03-17 22:58 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for dropping by, Este. Yes, this is definitely an example ("multum in parvo"). No wonder I never get much out of reading a script compared to reading a novel. So much is left to be created by the actors and other artists who make the film. It requires another sort of reading to make it live: an active act of the imagination.
taerie at 2006-03-17 23:46 (UTC) (Link)
I can't tell you enough what a resource you are Mechtild! Thanks.
The drama in these images is piercing. The lighting, the amazing eyes..
mechtild at 2006-03-17 23:56 (UTC) (Link)
Shucks, Taerie, I'll bet you say that to all the manippers. Truly, without being silly, thank you for commenting. It makes me happy to hear that you enjoy the fruits of my labours.
not_alone at 2006-03-18 22:17 (UTC) (Link)
As you can see, I'm seriously behind with reading my f/list, but just wanted to say I'm continuing to enjoy your great screencaps. I like to scroll through this scene to see Frodo's subtly-changing expressions - the change from major to minor as his hopes are raised & then dashed. Elijah conveyed this so well:)
mechtild at 2006-03-18 22:43 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, scrolling down the caps to see the nuances of the changing expressions is always such a pleasure. One can make one's TV go forward frame by frame, but I find that to literally see the scrolling effect -- in which the previous frame slowly rises out of view while the next one comes in (or the other way, if one is scrolling in reverse), has its own virtues and appeal. I feel as though I see the transitions that much better.

Thanks for dropping in, NA!
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