Master of the Rings: The Unauthorized Story Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'
This documentary examines the social and cultural underpinnings of the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, in an attempt to understand the work's phenomenal success and influence. The program looks for answers in the author's sources of inspiration, from the folk legends of Norway to the field of linguistics of which Tolkien was a lifelong student. It finds that the deep chord the story strikes owes its resonance to the author's use of archetypal imagery and language. Many examples of these recurrent themes and images are given, with readings from the work and other literature. Interviews with the book's illustrators, the brothers Hildebrandt, speak to the power of the imagery in the classic story. Scholars, Tolkien's children, and the author himself provide insight into the mythic themes and the spell they have cast over the vast readership of The Lord of the Rings.
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Master of the Rings: The Unauthorized Story Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' torrent reviews
(gb) wrote: This one definately looks intense and very good.
(ag) wrote: The long-awaited sequel to a beloved anime lacks a little of the appeal of the series, but provides a satisfactory conclusion.
(jp) wrote: Pinhead makes a couple of cameo appearances otherwise waste of time
(mx) wrote: This movie is easy going and maybe a little bit boring. The plot was good and so were the actors. I like Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow but this movie does not reflect their greatest performances.This is a story about two men who switch plane tickets and when the one plane crashes and kills the passengers on board, the other man feels horrified and guilty, so he decides to find the deceased man's wife to tell her what happened to her husband. When he meets with the widow he starts falling in love with her which was not what he intended. If you want something easy to watch for a Sunday afternoon, this one would be a good choice.
(es) wrote: Weird that such an epic was one of the last Chen Kaige films I saw. Much like his future work "Temptress Moon", this movie is like a "Titanic" situation - it's an epic drama set around famous real-world history.As usual this film is so well done, no one anywhere could say it's not. It's immaculately shot and very brainy. God bless the few movies out there that are built on implications rather than exposition of every story thread and each character's every thought.However, I also feel Chen Kaige's films lack one je-ne-sais-quoi that Zhang Yimou brings to the table, even though Chen's movies are by and large much more epic and deliciously sick often. Both men are brave and brilliant, and shoot tragedy and beauty as if they are one and the same. But somehow Kaige's movies neither move me nor excite me like Yimou, even though they're more grandiose and cinematic.Due to its length and failure to connect to me personally very often, I give it a low 4/5. It's highly depressing to take in. Before the 2 hour mark it almost became comical to me in continuing to show only shitty things happening to these people. Come on. Tragedy is tragedy, ok, but you can't even have ANY levity? As a musician I have to say: How can you have forte without piano? So I was a little disappointed. Luckily the third act finally got to the point and saved the movie.Some will disagree with this but for me, much like "The Godfather", this is more important to history than it is to the history of cinema greatness. And like "The Godfather" and "Ran" and epic-length character studies like it, it's nice to watch but only every 5-10 years or so, so you can forget it again, because it's all story and acting -- once you know what happens, there's little to keep you going back. That's my personal opinion of a lot of 150-min-plus dramas. This is a great cinema documenting of 20th century chinese opera singer life, so yeah. Nice. The end. This movie is not a crucial film in my life but...if you're a cinemaphile and you haven't seen it. . . what are you doing? It and the rest of Yimou and Kaige are important to see.
(it) wrote: I adore this film. Probably the film that made Nicole Kidman (not a fan) but this is a great film. Something a little different for the pair of them as well. Good Irish accents too!!
(de) wrote: Not even good good enough to be a proper spoof.
(br) wrote: Loosely based on the Famed Mutiny on the Bounty, Damn the Defiant is a strong Napoleonic era period piece, and also an above average naval drama. But above all it is a study of two very different men and their contest of wills. Alec Guinness's Captain Crawford is a humane, fair officer who knows the value of discipline and efficiency but also understands the importance of a crew's morale and well being. His opposite in nearly every matter is first lieutenant Scott-Padget (Dirk Bogarde). Bright, ambitious, needlessly harsh and often insubordinate, Scott-Padget is a firm believer in the lash who cares only for his own advancement and is used to getting his way. A dangerous combination, and one that drives the Defiant over the edge. Both leads put on very good performances. Guinness brings Captain Crawford's empathy and resoluteness fully to life. Although he would loathe the comparison, at times he does seem rather like a certain desert hermit in his kindly, aged wisdom. And for his part Bogarde is the epitome of a jerk. With his displays of anger, pettiness, and entitlement he makes himself very easy to hate. The production values are good, with fairly authentic costumes, sets, and other period touches. The naval battles are also quite rousing impressive, with good swordplay and effects that have stood up well considering their age. The film's main shortcoming is that it never treats the mutiny with any serious depth. It's true that a great deal of time is dedicated to the conditions on the Defiant, and to the build-up of discontent that lead to the mutiny. It's also clear that the men have very real grievances, mostly relating to Lieutenant Scott-Padget. But no time is taken to dwell on whether their actions were justified in a time of war, or any soul searching by the men themselves. The ending leaves me inclined to agree with Captain Crawford's lenient position, yet it stills feels like too easy an answer. But perhaps I'm asking too much from what's intended as a fun war movie. All in all, Damn the Defiant may not equal the classic Billy Bud or some of the better adaptations of Horatio Hornblower, but with good acting and good action it's a worthwhile voyage for all ages.
(kr) wrote: This was a pretty good western movie. Interesting story of how a group of women trek west to find their mates when a town full of men request for women to marry. The endurance, and courage what they went through during the wild west. A must see.
(ru) wrote: Features some of my all-time favorite musical numbers, even if the characters and story is pretty crap.