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A sinister countenance


Aug 13 2013, 5:42pm

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i.) Each time I watch RotK this shot stands out to me. It feels like the false perspective in terms of Pippin's (Billy's) size doesn't work too well for the shot, that is, for a few seconds prior when you can see his entire body measured up to the guy next to him. Does anybody else notice this or feel this?

I always thought it was deliberate. It’s like how in “Ring-Vision™” the other characters look out of focus and misshapen, as if the magic of the ring has taken Frodo slightly out of the real world. Similarly, one might assume that the magic of the palantir has taken Pippin slightly away from the rational world. He's coming under the irresistible lure of “palantir-lust” rather than “ring-lust”.

ii.) Any other thoughts/comments?

There's his body language. His arms are crossed, subconsciously assuming a defensive posture, as if he feels a threat from somewhere. Unfortunately it's too late. Note how the left half of his face is in darkness. Something "sinister" is already in Pippin's head.

The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.”

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SCOD - Pippin's troubled slumber One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Aug 4 2013, 2:19pm
    Well... Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Aug 5 2013, 12:04am
    No one can sleep Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Aug 5 2013, 11:36pm
    SCOD-Pippin's nightmares willowing Send a private message to willowing Aug 11 2013, 4:18am
    A sinister countenance Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Aug 13 2013, 5:42pm


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