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What if the Lord of the rings was made in the style of Ben Hur?

boldog
Rohan


Mar 2 2014, 12:39am

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Imagine if the book was adapted in the 50's, during the time of many epics such as Ben hur. Say we had, Miklos Rozsa composing the soundtrack, and William Wyler directing, how do you reckon it will turn out? Obviously it will have the same structure as those old films, with Overture, and Intermissions. I actually think it could be a pretty epic adaptation.
thoughts?

"And do you really think, Thorin Oakenshield, that Bolg will have the slightest symphony for you? After he watched you hack his fathers hand off, so ruthlessly in Moria. Azogs defeat has brought nothing to you, only refuelled hate of his kin, upon yours"


Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Mar 2 2014, 1:09am

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It's hard to be sure exactly what would be kept, what would be dropped, and what would be condensed. For starters, we would still probably lose Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. Would we lose Rohan and Fangorn? Maybe.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


hexxenpanda
The Shire

Mar 3 2014, 12:16am

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Special Effects will be very hard, but not impossible [In reply to] Can't Post

To make the Hobbit scale work, they may do the same thing as Darby O'gill. The larger setpieces would be matte paintings and miniatures, like the Ship battle and Chariot race in Ben-hur. Like Ben-hur, the film would open with a narration of the backstory and the title sequence would be the painting in Elrond's chamber of Isildur and Sauron closing in their hands. I suppose it terms of movie structure, it would be more like sergei bordanchuk's war and peace, which is over 8 hours long.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Mar 3 2014, 2:07am

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Stop motion animation could work for the monsters. [In reply to] Can't Post

Lots of people still love Jason and the Argonauts, and the 7th Voyage of Sinbad.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.


boldog
Rohan


Mar 3 2014, 7:37am

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I can see that so clearly!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I can imagine the Overture playing, with That isildur vs sauron painting in the background.

"And do you really think, Thorin Oakenshield, that Bolg will have the slightest symphony for you? After he watched you hack his fathers hand off, so ruthlessly in Moria. Azogs defeat has brought nothing to you, only refuelled hate of his kin, upon yours"


Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Mar 3 2014, 2:33pm

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Stop-motion Ents! [In reply to] Can't Post


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Lots of people still love Jason and the Argonauts, and the 7th Voyage of Sinbad.



I know that I suggested that Fangorn and the Ents would probably be cut; however, I would love to see what Ray Harryhausen would do with the Ents, Trolls, the Balrog of Moria and the winged riding-beasts of the Nazgul.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


Loresilme
Valinor


Mar 3 2014, 7:14pm

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Well, one thing is certain [In reply to] Can't Post

It would *not* have included a Wilhelm Scream Cool.


DaughterofLaketown
Gondor


Mar 23 2014, 5:33pm

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It would probably have some pretty cheesy music! [In reply to] Can't Post

I can just imagine the theme song for M*A*S*H.
And Legolas probably would have ended up like Squanto


DaughterofLaketown
Gondor


Mar 23 2014, 5:36pm

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 Would we lose Rohan and Fangorn? Maybe.

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In my mind all we would get is Rohan aka the Kansas prairie. Tongue


(This post was edited by DaughterofLaketown on Mar 23 2014, 5:37pm)

 
 

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