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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy at 20

3 Films on Screen

Two decades ago, one of the greatest experiments in cinema history was released. J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings was adapted by director Peter Jackson and co-screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. This sprawling fantasy was filmed back-to-back over fourteen months with a budget of nearly $300 million from production company New Line Cinema and was released as three epic films during December of three consecutive years. The gamble was rewarded financially and changed commercial cinema forever, demonstrating that epic storytelling was back and that speculative fiction was a viable genre for mainstream audiences. With thirty Academy Award nominations and seventeen wins, including eleven for Return of the King alone, it is the most successful fantasy series of all time. This December, the Dryden celebrates the twentieth anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring with 35mm screenings of the entire trilogy. You may not simply walk into Mordor, but you can walk up to the box office and purchase your tickets to the Dryden this holiday season!

 

Events in this Series

Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Dryden Theatre

The Lord of the Rings at 20 Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy was filmed back-to-back and released in three consecutive years, starting with this film in 2001. A monumental undertaking, the production has captured the imagination of another generation of fantasy fans and inspired other filmmakers to work in the same way.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Dryden Theatre

The Lord of the Rings at 20 Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy continues with the second installment of hobbit Frodo Baggins’s perilous journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring and defeat Sauron’s plans to dominate Middle Earth.

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Thursday, December 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Dryden Theatre

The Lord of the Rings at 20 The conclusion of Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy won all eleven Academy Awards for which it was nominated, including Best Picture (becoming the first fantasy film to win that category).

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