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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Osgiliath: Frodo on the wall, and saying farewell to Faramir....

Posted on 2007.04.29 at 20:57


mechtild at 2007-05-01 19:51 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Sam was too preachy in the delivery of that speech, although it started out excellently (I thought). When Sam first looks through the ruined window and says that they should'nt even be there, and, "folks had chances for turning back", were really well done.

But I always want to put my finger down my throat when I hear him say, "...and the sun will shine out the clearer!" I keep thinking of the song from Annie, "The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow", and other "inspirational showstopper" numbers from Broadway shows.

That line actually comes from some other character's speech, I believe, not the Great Tales speech (that's SUPERB on the BBC radio production discs), where it doesn't stick out so badly. But I do think Sean did a fine job on it--playing it as directed. I would have liked some other sort of monologue for him, or the same monologue delivered differently--more like the way you describe--but I'm guessing Sean A. did it the way he was asked to do it (i.e. delivering the "money speech").

I've listened two times through the three volumes on the books-on-disc of LotR, Maeglian (narrated quite well by Rob Inglis), and I love to keep recognizing bits of dialogue. They crop up all over, usually in other contexts, spoken by other characters.

If you ever read Brian Sibley's book on Peter Jackson as a filmmaker, you'll find that an awful lot of what became the finished film was there by "accident" - or "providence" - for they were often flying by the seat of their pants, trying to make this massive project on what actually was a shoestring, most everyone involved never having attempted anything nearly so ambitious, the worried studio heads breathing hotly down Peter's neck almost non-stop, every time they were behind or ran over. Reading the book explained a lot of the loose ends in the films, made me sigh with relief over some of the choices that were thankfully jettisoned, and marvel anew at how super the films are, considering what a massive, sprawling project it was to make.

One day, if I'm still on LJ and finish up all this other stuff, I'll post some excerpts, the ones I find most funny, interesting or illuminating. I know a lot of people didn't read it; it wasn't even sold in the U.S. But I thought it was pretty fascinating. Far too much detail for some folks, and not nearly enough about LotR and its actors for most, so I'm not saying people on my f-list would love reading the whole book anyway.
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