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Yes, wow!


Dec 4 2012, 2:33pm

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I think I have never really noticed this screencap before. Perhaps in this scene, I have previously been so focused on Theoden and his grief, that I did not stop to look at Gandalf here.

1. What do you feel from Gandalf's expression here? Describe it
There is just so much there, not just grief, although there do seem to be some tears, and not just sympathy, but also you can see in his eyes it's as if he's looking beyond, to something else.

2. How do you think that this scene would be different if it were Gandalf the Grey?
Somehow I think Gandalf the Grey would have been more unsettled, perhaps angry, in the way that humans get angry and rail at fate. But as Gandalf the White, while he is sympathetic and comforting, he also seems to still be at peace.

4. Do you think PJ & Co. addressed the themes of death in this part and throughout the films adequately?
I think so, I think there was a balance. In each film there was a moment that dealt with these realities, and they were appropriately placed in terms of the action and flow of events.

5. Extra comments :)

What a subtle and nuanced moment here by Sir Ian. Extraordinary! Thank you for calling out this screencap and also for the thought-provoking questions :-).

Subject User Time
SCOD: The countenance of Gandalf the White Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Dec 3 2012, 12:16am
    One of the most cinematic moments in the trilogy! paperC Send a private message to paperC Dec 3 2012, 10:27am
    I agree Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Dec 3 2012, 5:23pm
        hmm interesting indeed Kristin. However... Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Dec 3 2012, 5:55pm
    What a great performance from Sir Ian zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Dec 4 2012, 7:55am
    Yes, wow! Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Dec 4 2012, 2:33pm
        A great scene. Mardragon Send a private message to Mardragon Dec 30 2012, 12:25am


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