Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson
Neuseeland/USA, 2001
178min, OF

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson
Neuseeland/USA, 2001
, 178min, OF

Cast: 
Elijah Wood
Frodo Baggins
Ian Mckellen
Gandalf the Grey
Liv Tyler
Arwen
Viggo Mortensen
Aragorn
Sean Astin
Sam Gamgee
Cate Blanchett
Galadriel
John Rhys-Davies
Gimli
Orlando Bloom
Legolas
Sean Bean
Boromir
Christopher Lee
Saruman
Screenplay: 
Fran Walsh
Philippa Boyens
Peter Jackson in accordance with J.R.R. Tolkien
Camera: 
Andrew Lesnie
Editor: 
John Gilbert
Composer: 
Howard Shore
Decoration: 
Grant Major
Costume: 
Ngila Dickson
Richard Taylor

Production: 
Wingnut Films
The Saul Zaentz Company
Format: 
35 mm
Color

“Much that once was is lost” is the poignant opening phrase in Peter Jackson’s long-awaited, mega-million-dollar production of LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. Absent fidelity may be less the issue than temps perdu – there’s an elegiac tone to this lavish first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s cult trilogy. Robustly ranging from the cozy nook of a hobbit’s parlor to the blasted pitch-pots of darkest Mordor, visualizing Nordic elves and subhuman, blue-faced orcs, staging wizard wars with the panache of a Hong Kong master and building slowly to a boffo ending, Peter Jackson’s adaptation is certainly successful on its own terms. Like the animated skeletons in a Ray Harryhausen adventure flick, the relics have come to life. With the release of THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, american critics of a particular age (and possibly gender) have their own HARRY POTTER. (Jim Hoberman, “Village Voice”, 2001)