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Aftonbladet’s report on Cannes: The full translation.

May 11, 2001 at 6:14 am by Tehanu  - 

This is from Catinyat, whom we thank for translating the complete text of the Aftonbladet report on the LOTR footage shown at Cannes.

“The Lord of the Rings” – a Real Adventure

Jens Peterson [movie critic] at Aftonbladet has taken a look at the first movie in the trilogy.
All friends of “The Fellowship of the Ring” can calm down. The movie looks fantastic. Yesterday, 26 minutes of the adventure was shown in Cannes. Thrilling, striking, impressive. Wow.
The first of the three “Lord of the Rings” movie will show up this christmas. The director Peter Jackson presented 26 minutes of filmimg.

Gandalf with a long beard
First, there were a lot of scenes describing the intrigue and showing the main characters. Here is the idyllic Shire, to where the mighty Gandalf comes with long beard and blue hat, and where Bilbo celebrates his 111th birthday with a spectacular fire works show, which looks very lively at the movie screen.
The young hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) hears about the powerful and dangerous ring. Thanks to special effects, Bilbo (Ian Holm) and the other hobbits only reach Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to the waist.
Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Boromir (Sean Bean), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) comes into the story.
Saruman (Christopher Lee), Elrond (Hugo Weaving) with his daughter Arwen (Liv Tyler) flash past.

Dangerous walk in the mountains
Then there is 14 minutes of connected filming where the heroes wanders through the mines of Moria. Instead of climbing over the dangerous mountains they walk through mines that once where a home to dwarfes.
They find only bones in the fantastic mountain halls. And new dangers.
It´s a thrilling moment, that shows how nice the special effects works. The viewers were thrilled by the story and screamed when one dreadful creature after another attacked.

Short previews of the other movies
At the end they showed a lot of short scenes from the two follow-ups, even the unravelling where an almost dying Frodo who is carried by his friend Sam, and the seductive temptation of the magical ring.
From close-ups of the ring to great battles with thousands of creatures. Horror, excitement and humor.
Judging by appearances “The Lord of the Rings” will be the thrilling spectacle all the friends of the books have hoped for. The countdown has started.

Jens Peterson
Translated by Emil Ericsson (catinyat)

Image text:(Gandalf)Thrilling Spectacle “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy looks fantastic says Jens Peterson after a showing in Cannes. The digital special effects are impressive likewise the drama. Ian McKellen plays Gandalf.

(Uruk-Hai) Uruk-Hai goes to attack in one of the many great battlescenes.

Posted in Old Special Reports on May 11, 2001 by

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