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Lord of the Rings (1978)

Director: Ralph Bakshi Run Time: 133 min. Format: Digital Rating: PG Release Year: 1978

Starring: Anthony Daniels, Christopher Guard, David Buck, Dominic Guard, John Hurt, Michael Graham Cox, Michael Scholes, Simon Chandler, William Squire

Metal meets mithril in this Live Sound Cinema presentation of Ralph Bakshi’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS with live score by Black Lodge!

Twenty years before a certain fuzzy Kiwi claimed Middle Earth for his own, an animation genius from Brooklyn, Ralph Bakshi, was first to bring Tolkien’s fantasy epic to life. To create his Middle Earth, Bakshi used an animation technique called Rotoscoping, which combines live action and illustration. The result is something like a panel van painting sprung to life, a bizarrely fluid fantasy realmĀ made up of impossible landscapes, saturated color and grotesque creatures. The story’s condensed and incomplete, only making about 2/3rds of the way through the books before petering to an end, but Bakshi’s work remains a marvel and was a huge influence on Peter Jackson when the time came to finish the trip to Mordor.

For this Live Sound Cinema presentation of The Lord of the Rings, we’ve invited drone-y metal outfit, and Nitehawk favorite, Black Lodge (a collective of musicians led by guitarist/composer Geoff Gersh, who re-score films then perform live to them) to accompany the film, giving the film the Valhalla twist that the fantasy epic deserves.