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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Still mooning over the 'money shot'....

Posted on 2005.11.04 at 21:14
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It's a Friday night, and, unexpectedly, I have the house to myself.

Am I working on my fic?

No, I am mooning over film-Frodo shots. My husband showed me how to make screencaps (SQUEEEE!), so I have started at the start, of course, with The Fellowship of the Ring. I was inspired to make screencaps because so many of my usual LotR screencap sources have begun drying up.

I have made a bunch already (although I forgot to save about an hour's worth before I closed the program -- d'oh), but I thought I'd put this little series up of the "money shot", as Dom called it in the FotR actor commentaries, just for the sheer pleasure of gazing at them.

It certainly is a money shot. Ka-ching. I'd step up and buy another ticket right this second. Save us, Mr. Frodo, but you're a dish! *sigh*

I wonder how many folks from the design team and in the production departments -- not to mention the women (Fran, Philippa, the AD's, the designers, all of them) -- didn't see these for the first time and go, "Holey Ja-moley! What a face!" I sure would have. Anyway, this could be a chance for some of you screencap Johnny-come-lately's to click-and-save on your favourite seconds of solid gold Frodo.

In order of appearance, here are some caps of Frodo's famed opening close-up, "The Money Shot":

*sigh again*

Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.

~ Mechtild


maewyn_2 at 2005-11-05 07:36 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, you've certainly got my attention! They're beautiful, every one of them!

Thank you, our new screen-cap queen!


I most heartily concur.
mechtild at 2005-11-05 16:31 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, he's a beaut'. I capped the scene that's trimmed or cut in the EE from Fellowship (I borrowed a copy from the library), but that was the one I forgot to "save." I'll do it again this morning.

What a fun way to procrastinate!

maeglian at 2005-11-05 09:17 (UTC) (Link)

And how very niiice that you've become a screencapping pro! :-)
mechtild at 2005-11-05 16:30 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, love, it's fun, rewarding and distracting. I posted some caps I did from the EE Party Tent scene in a post in The Harem. I think I will put the larger group of them in here. I only have seen a few caps of that scene at my usual hang-outs, and he's just too gorgeous in it not to have more views of it.
(Anonymous) at 2005-11-05 11:30 (UTC) (Link)
I would comment on these beautiful caps - but at the moment I am somewhat incapacitated – namely, I’m dead – deader than dead in fact.

*Mega Squee*

Thank you Mechtild

mechtild at 2005-11-05 16:13 (UTC) (Link)
Are you dead from swooning or from fatigue, my little pumpkin-wumpkin?
aquila0212 at 2005-11-05 13:12 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it amazing how young he looked...it's not until I see caps from Fellowship that I realize it.
mechtild at 2005-11-05 16:28 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he does look terribly young.

As I was scrolling through the Farewell Party scenes, because of my year in The Faculty with you all looking at his old kid films, I realised how much his face still resembled his younger self. I don't even mean his teen self, but the self he showed in movies as old as Huck Finn and Radio Flyer. The bit of childish, fatty padding still in the cheeks, the softness he still had around the mouth and chin, the tremendous smoothness of his chin, nearly whisker-less, really called to mind many caps I've seen from those films.

The hair of Frodo and the hair of those kid roles is more similar, too. A lot of a person's expressions are accentuated by the movement of hair. In a film like The War, when EW's hair was cut off, he looked very different to me. It wasn't not just the sheer absence of all that lovely hair, it was the absence of its movement.

A lot of the mood or "feel" of these characters' inner lives in one of his "hirsute" films comes from the actual movement and swush of his hair, as he acts. It's has an eloquence of its own. I loved him in The War, and was especially impressed by how much he seemed only like that character. Without his hair, the turn or nod or dip of his head -- virtually the same as it would have been expressing a comparable emotion in The Good Son or Forever Young -- seemed completely different. Automatically it gave the character a spareness, a checked-ness, a held-in quality that wasn't there for me watching him act, before or since. Maybe when I see GSH and some of his other short hair films I've never seen one day, I'll see a glimpse of that again.
aquila0212 at 2005-11-05 16:40 (UTC) (Link)
And when you look at posed pictures now, you see how "shockingly" adult he is. The angles of his jaw, his cheekbones, those so-very-aware eyes, you immediately realize that you're looking at a man. It's thrilling to have seen him at every stage of development, from child to teen to "Frodo", which is a stage all its own -- LOL -- to adult. And he was beautiful in each one.

As we've said many times, some of what makes Frodo just so compelling is the unconscious androgeny. The softness of the curls, the smooth, porcelain skin, the sensuous curve of mouth. He's lost that now, and we've moved on, but we'll always have Frodo on film, to drool over.
mechtild at 2005-11-05 17:17 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he does look like a man now. He looks good, of course, but different. As you said of his transitional self,

... some of what makes Frodo just so compelling is the unconscious androgeny. The softness of the curls, the smooth, porcelain skin, the sensuous curve of mouth. He's lost that now, and we've moved on, but we'll always have Frodo on film, to drool over.

Stop, oh, stop! *drools*
(Anonymous) at 2005-11-05 18:17 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Mechtild, you have me almost in (blissful) tears with those screencaps!
Thanks so much! :k
I just love Elijah, in every film I've seen him, but his Frodo touches my soul in the deepest way imaginable. He *is* like a dream that has come true. The most beautiful male being I've ever seen.
Apropos dream - the very last night I dreamt of Frolijah. I wish I could remember it more clearly... erm, I recall my dream taking place in a nude drawing class, and he was the model. *SQUEE* (See? All this Harem talk rubs off on me already! ;-))

~ Whiteling
mechtild at 2005-11-05 18:40 (UTC) (Link)
Apropos dream - the very last night I dreamt of Frolijah. I wish I could remember it more clearly... erm, I recall my dream taking place in a nude drawing class, and he was the model. *SQUEE* (See? All this Harem talk rubs off on me already! ;-))

I don't suppose you could recall that dream enough to render what you saw, hmmmmm? You're such a good draftswoman.

Yes, the Harem is a sorry influence on us all. *grin*
(Anonymous) at 2005-11-07 16:34 (UTC) (Link)
I don't suppose you could recall that dream enough to render what you saw, hmmmmm?

LOL! Nah, a possible rendition of this dream would have to be pure fantasy art, I'm afraid.

~ Whiteling
mechtild at 2005-11-07 16:48 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds "dreamy..." Mmmmmmmm.
taerie at 2005-11-08 17:00 (UTC) (Link)
Yes.. What a perfectly lovely face. SOOO thankful that he was chosen to play Frodo and that chance made him at a point in his life where that face looked like that. I have gotten a lot of pleasure out of staring at it. (Thank you Mister Wood!!!)
Also these pics illustrate very well the asymmetry that is so helpful in capturing his likeness. (Not that I always succeed in this.. I wish I did.) EVERYone is asymmetrical.. try the experiment of mirror imaging one side of your face at a time to make two symmetrical halves into one face You get two different people. ( It is almost a little spooky to as it seems almost to reveal the expression of two different personalities lurking inside. One side of mine looks kind and rather stupid.. the other looks knowing and maybe a little cruel.)
Anyway, back to my point of observation. The most obvious of this is that one eye on this fellow characteristically opens wider than the other. Something some people miss and I probably overdo. I have come to love this little "flaw" in such a perfect face. I put it in quotation marks because I don't consider anything that makes a face unique and gives it character a flaw.
I am fascinated by his mouth on the bottom pic. This flashes by so fast in the movie that I have never seen a capture of it before.
That sweet cupid's bow that he has in repose stretches so fetchingly into what for some reason says "Iowa farm boy" to me. I just love it when he does that. I also love the gap between his two front teeth. Partly because I have this feature myself..( Like my curly hair.. a hated thing in my youth that I really like now.) and partly because I suspect that it shaped that absolutely heart melting tight-lipped Frodo smile. (I used to do that too.. to hide it.. I wish I had looked half as adorable as Frodo when he does that.) I am glad he didn't get that fixed.
(I do go on.. Don't I? I hope to heaven E.W. never sees this stuff I write. I would die of embarrassment.)
mechtild at 2005-11-09 06:18 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, you really like this guy, don't you? *winky face*

You are so right about the eyes being dissimilar. I had thought perhaps he had a slight "cast" - one eye slightly not focussing. I remember reading that his vision is very poor without his contacts. But you have pointed to the fact that when he opens them, the eyelids don't go up evenly (sounds like we're talking about window blinds). That is quite true, and it does mean one eye differs from the other in many shots, in just that respect.

When I get around to posting the "Bilbo-disappears" reaction shots from the Farewell Party scene, you'll see again what you have mentioned. As in the Money Shots, the reactions are photographed straight on. His eyes widen to various degrees, but you are right: they aren't even. I think that dissimilarity actually adds to the final effect. One gets a sense of mixed emotions in Frodo; a sense of ambivalence about what he is witnessing. I thought it was coming only from his acting, but I think EW's naturally-given eyes and eyelids are responsible for that sense, at least, in part.

Oh, at the end you said something EW fans often say:

(I do go on.. Don't I? I hope to heaven E.W. never sees this stuff I write. I would die of embarrassment.)

Actually, I don't think you should feel embarrassed. I don't think he would hate this, if he ever should see it (which he certainly won't). He might not ring you on your cell phone to chat about it, but I think these sorts of comments are ones any man (esp. a celebrity) would like, not hate. He would probably not care to read people's comments that pried too deeply into his family relationships, or insulted his friends, nor ones that badmouthed his girl friend, but I think he would find these sorts of swoony but informed, well-meant attentions flattering and warm. Just my guess, of course.
taerie at 2005-11-09 16:58 (UTC) (Link)
Re really liking the guy..
Am I that transparent? :-)
I get reeeallly passionate about beauty. My heart pounds, I stare, I feel sometimes like I can't get my breath. I do this for not only a perfectly beautiful individual like Frodo but paintings, sculptures..(big time) horses (Particularly a Friesian in full gallop will do it every time.) Sometimes music will do it. It's almost painful. I stood there pole-axed like an idiot when I visited Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite and started to cry. My husbands used to it. He just chuckles and hugs me.
I so do not understand people who make public remarks about celebrities personal lives.. but I fear as I go on and on in life that I get more and more confused about people.. not less. I have a real problem with a lack of respect and the idea that because somebody is a celebrity that it entitles people to say unkind things. EW did nothing but be beautiful and display an unbelievable amount of skill and talent. It is a poor way to repay him. I am sure that being an actor he is prepared to endure such things far better than I ever could but it has GOT to hurt sometimes. That's sad.
But you are right. Blithering on about how lovely he was as Frodo is unlikely to offend.. especially in the face of all that.
mechtild at 2005-11-10 02:21 (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean about having an aesthetic sense that seems to be turned up on "High." I am always crying over beauty, I become so affected by it. It almost hurts, but it "hurts good." My teen-aged daughter is always teasing me about it, "Oh, there Mom goes again!" When I'd take her to see RotK (I went a million times; she came with me about four or five of them), she'd always be eyeing me, waiting for every moment the tears would start welling (I'd start during the lovely violin solo under the beginning of the opening Smeagol/Deagol scene, LOL), giving me an elbow jab or rolling her eyes and sighing in a huff.

As for prying into the lives of celebrities, that is a constant. I remember loving getting to read my friend's mother's movie magazines after school. My own mother thought they were trashy and a bad influence. They were. But I still loved reading them. Must be the hobbit in me; they were nosy gossips, too. But I hate mean talk and viscious gossip. But I did like reading about when the LotR actors did this or that during the filming, or what EW was like to raise as a child or conjecture why his father distanced himself the way he did. None of my business, I know, but I am always interested in the lives of people whose work I admire, whether they are EW or Michelangelo. I want to know how they became the artists they grew up to be and how they handled living with their achievement.
taerie at 2005-11-10 19:14 (UTC) (Link)
There is a huge difference between being interested in the lives of moviestars and publicly saying rude and hurtful things about them. I imagine that celebrities feed on that movie mag interest for the most part. They are the kind of people who crave it. (They would starve if they had to rely on me.. I can't tell you how long it took me to even learn to call him anything except "That kid who plays Frodo.." And I had already seen and loved him in other things. I remember learning who was going to be Frodo and finally making the connection and I remember thinking "Oh no! He's got buckets of talent and he is cute as a button but he is much too young!" But then I saw a picture of him and realized that time had marched.. (and unusually gracefully too..) since the age when I had seen him last in a movie.;-)
That and I heard who was going to play Gandalf and I let myself get excited about this. I had been especially enthusiastic about seeing movies with HIM in it for years after seeing him in the movie "The Shadow." (He didn't have an awful lot to do in that but he really caught the eye.)

mechtild at 2005-11-10 22:58 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I see what you mean. Slander and malicious stuff is not to be borne or indulged it, I believe that. But one can't help being interested in interesting famous people, otherwise, who would read all those biographies?

I had only seen The Ice Storm and loved it, before I saw the LotR films. I knew who he was, though, if vaguely, when I found out he had been in The Good Son. That was a thriller my mother had loved years before, and had always told me how good she thought the boy actor was ("the good boy, not the other one") in that film.

Ian McKellen and Ian Holm and Cate Blanchett, however, I knew all about. The other actors, though, I knew nothing of.
julchen11 at 2006-08-26 22:09 (UTC) (Link)
I wanted to comment properly... but I’m dead.
Gosh, this hobbit kills me all the time I’m looking at him. And so does Mr. Wood.
He looks so young and innocent and yet I can’t see a boy in him.
Looking at that beautiful face always makes me sigh … Perfect and yet not so perfect, but very alive. His eyes are dissimilar but who cares, those eyes are very special. The little gap between his teeth makes him more adorable as he is already.
You can only sit and dream and stare (of course) … what a lovely young man, what a lovely Frodo!
Thank you dearie, this made my night!
*massive hobbit hugs to you my dear”
mechtild at 2006-08-26 22:45 (UTC) (Link)
He really is unbelievably lovely in these caps. Who would not wanted to clasp him to them and cover his face with noisy kisses, from little children to old grandmothers? Not to mention the amorously smitten women, young and old?

I had never caught it about the assymetry of his face, especially the eyes, until Taerie put her finger on it. She's an artist and has drawn him from screencaps many times, so, of course, she'd be just the person to have figured it out.

But as she says, these "flaws" only add to the charm of what is EW's/Frodo's face, transforming it from being merely beautiful (as if being "merely" beautiful were anything to sneeze at!) to what is endearing, even enchanting.
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