This year marks the anniversary of two films that have made the history of cinema, Harry Potter (Click here to purchase all eight 4K UltraHD Blu-ray movies), debuting in 2001 with The philosopher’s Stone, and the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings The fellowship of the ring and, will it be coincidence or perhaps the case, it is available on YouTube Krhaniteli, the Russian version of Tolkien’s tale which dates back to 1991, a TV movie that aired on Leningrad Television (now 5TV) that was believed to be lost.
If you want to try your hand at the vision of The Lord of the Rings made in Russia, I tell you right away that it has no subtitles and that knowing Tolkien’s story perfectly will not help you to follow the plot anyway, but above all, certainly this adaptation has nothing to do with Peter Jackson’s version full of special effects, impeccable costumes and make-up, and which earned him 17 Oscars, in fact I would say quite the opposite.
As you can already guess from the images of this adaptation, everything appears very rudimentary, with optical effects bordering on ridicule and botched costumes, the scenes almost always take place indoors and, when we are outdoors, we find ourselves in environments with poorly lit painted backgrounds and plastic greenery, all accompanied by the soundtracks of Andrei Romanov of the Russian rock group Akvarium, music that will take you back to the gloomy Soviet atmosphere of the time, a film that cannot be defined as beautiful but that fans have been looking for for thirty years.
Although it has long been believed that Tolkien’s works were not so widespread in Russia due to censorship, he would not accept a fantasy in which beings are told of beings who come together to fight an evil power that differed little from a totalitarian system. , actually this happened because it was very difficult to translate the intricate concepts and linguistic inventions present in the novel into that language without profoundly modifying its story.
A few years before this version of the The Lord of the Rings, Leningrad Tv in 1985 propose The Fantastic Journey of Mister Bilbo Baggings, the Hobbit, a low-cost, hour-long adaptation starring dancers and a narrator as Tolkien, all without elves or trolls, long believed to be the only version produced during the Soviet Union alongside a cartoon of the 1991 titled The Treasure under the montain, of which only six minutes remain. (Source: La Repubblica)
If you want to try your hand at watching this film, just click on the title Lord of the ring Pt1 e Lord of the ring Pt2, but if you want to retrieve Peter Jackson’s trilogies, here is it for you Extended Edition with 6 Blu-ray and 9 DVD of The Lord of the Rings and of The Hobbit, both available on Amazon Prime Video (Click here to activate your free one month trial).