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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Audrey Hepburn and Film Frodo: Two Beauties.

Posted on 2008.04.27 at 15:19


whiteling at 2008-04-28 17:24 (UTC) (Link)
Oh Mechtild, I love this post. Those comparison shots are striking! And I whole-heartedly agree with you: it is the expressiveness of their eyes which makes both of them exude this mix of other-worldly beauty and humanity at the same time. Looking in the eyes of Audrey and Frolijah, I can see their souls... they know pain and happiness and... and...

To me, true beauty is not only the regularity of features or pretty shaped eyes, nose and mouth... if there is no soul behind the features, the beauty remains outwardly and shallow.
I've read about Audrey Hepburn's hard childhood and young days; it must have been hell. It might sound merciless, but for an artist such traumatic experiences *can* be enriching (in the sense of deepening their art) and I think the intensity in her portrayals speak volumes of how she managed to transform her horrible impressions and experiences (I absolutely adored her in "A Nun's Story". Her Sister Luke will stay with me forever), as well as those tough times enhanced her awareness for the gift of life itself for sure.
I still don't know how Elijah Wood, being mere 18, 19 years old, could capture Frodo's character that deeply as he did. He really must be an old soul.
mechtild at 2008-04-28 19:49 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Whiteling! I love her in The Nun's Story, too. The first time I saw it I was so young I was terribly upset when they cut her hair off. That seemed so tramatic to me, then--the waste of all that beautiful hair. I almost stopped watching the film (it was on TV). But I re-watched it a few years ago, when I was old enough to know there are a lot of worse things one can lose than one's hair, and that people sometimes need to make ritual sacrifices to mark important changes in their lives. But what a film--and what performances!

I agree that it's kind of mind-boggling to think that EW, a comparative youngster, and having had a relatively happy, normal childhood, could have produced such a performance. I do think suffering adds depth to the work of most artists, but perhaps a person's suffering needn't be extreme to have empathy for characters and subjects. Some actor, being praised in the role of an insane person said that no, he hadn't had any serious psychological problems in his life. But he had an imagination and emotions. "I could play a murderer well, too," he pointed out, "even though I haven't murdered anybody." So perhaps one need only have experienced a taste, or a whiff of very dark times to be able to take it from there via an empathetic imagination.

Edited at 2008-04-28 07:50 pm (UTC)
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