Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I, Claudius, found this in a Hollywood vault...

No, not a remake of the PBS miniseries. It seems there's an "original" Warner Brothers release of Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings, with Humphrey Bogart as Frodo Baggins. Also featuring Marlene Dietrich as... oh, who cares, it's Marlene Dietrich! (Prrrrr!!) IClaudius of Why Fret? brought it to my kind attention. How they managed to capture the essence of this saga in just under nine minutes is beyond me, but obviously "they don't make 'em like they used to." So, boys and girls, hurry up and view it, before a bunch of lawyers running out of ambulances to chase gets it taken down from the Internet. (QuickTime required.)

1 comment:

MrsDarwin said...

Play it again, Sam... We'll always have Rivendell.

This is smashing, and so period! I wonder what Tolkien would have thought -- it's reported that after he saw Snow White he was so horrified that he amended his will to state that Disney could never make a movie of his books. Good call, that.