References to other films in the LOTR trilogy

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    The one that stands out for me is the bar scene at the Green Dragon towards the end of the RotK.
    For me this refers to the iconic drinking scene at the end of Ice Cold in Alex which has been used for a Carlsberg advert. It even has the same number of people. In fact I'd have liked Frodo to have downed his drink first and said "worth waiting for".





    Any others spring to mind?
     
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    Maybe?:

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    Another example is the attack of the Riders of Rohan at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields and Sergei Eisenstein's Battle on the Ice in Alexander Nevsky (1938) :





    Now I like the Peter Jackson films a lot and I think the criticism they receive here is due to the difficulty of making any film of LOTR. Hollywood in particular would not have done such a good job imo. Critics should note that the Jackson films encouraged many people to read (or return to) the books.

    But I think it's clear that Eisenstein/Prokofiev in this iconic scene have done better. The first view of the line of Teutonic knights with that low horizon (as seen from the Russian infantry) is simply breathtaking. The studio close-ups of the knights doesn't fit how things are done now but they fit the music beautifully. The way the line of knights snakes as it moves forward ... These were all Red Army conscripts as extras and it was filmed in summer not winter and just prior to WW2 - one wonders how many survived. The actual battle scene that follows does not work as well.

    Howard Shore versus Sergei Prokofiev? It may be unfair to expect Shore to match one of the foremost music composers of the 20th century. Again Shore's music is well crafted and well thought out. But it can't match the brilliance of Prokofiev.
     
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