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SCOD - Faramir in the face of death.

One Ringer
Tol Eressea

Nov 6 2013, 1:24pm

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SCOD - Faramir in the face of death. Can't Post

I decided we'd keep things simple and take today's screencap as an opportunity to talk about David Wenham's performance.

1.) We see a range of expressions through this sequence as Faramir makes his charge. What do you see in his face here? What specific emotions? Why?

2.) Any other thoughts?

"You do not let your eyes see nor your ears hear, and that which is outside your daily life is not of account to you. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain."

The Shire

Nov 6 2013, 5:56pm

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As I said in the Allegiance to Denethor thread... [In reply to] Can't Post

Could you imagine...

...the reactions of Faramir's men when he told them they had to ride to Osgiliath and attempt to re-take it? They had JUST gotten overrun there and then had to go back, horribly out-numbered. They must've been crushed knowing it was a suicide mission

In this scene, it was probably just this. He knew himself and his men would be killed. And yet, he had to do his duty, so he did so without question or complaint. Faramir was a selfless, underrated, underappreciated hero IMHO

And what do trees have to talk about? Hmm...except the consistency of squirrel droppings?

The Shire

Nov 9 2013, 8:00pm

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Disbelief! [In reply to] Can't Post

I always feel as if Faramir is dazed and not himself in these scenes, as if he is in disbelief about what is about to happen and the words of his father. To me this screen cap captures that dazed, shocked and disbelieving look so well, but also there is determination despite coming to terms that his probably goes to his death. Although he would die for gondor, could you imagine how quick and rash it would of been if he died returning to osgiliath? but then again gandalf trys to deter him!

"Even the smallest person, can change the course of the future..."


Nov 17 2013, 6:36am

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Stuck between a rock and a hard place I would say. [In reply to] Can't Post

We know where he is looking and what his mind is focused on, the ruined city of Osgiliath and the enemy that lies within. His mind and heart may have been in turmoil but there seems to be a glimmer of hope and determination in his eyes. Even if the city of Minas Tirith had closed its gates on him and his soldiers.

It reminds me of the words that Aragorn spoke just before doing battle at the gates of Mordor, "For Frodo". Being the person he was Faramir probably thought similar words while making the charge "For father".


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