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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


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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