11 May 2001
The world's press has had its first look at Lord of the Rings and the verdict is it's fantastic.
Twenty minutes of footage was shown under strict security to a specially invited audience of 300 at the Cannes Film Festival.
The audience was left spellbound by the action sequences and special effects, including a digitally created 20 foot high mace wielding ogre.
The £100 million adventure - based on the best selling epic fantasy by JRR Tolkien - is the biggest movie project ever undertaken.
Director Peter Jackson has made all three films simultaneously to tell the complete story.
One Dutch radio journalist commented: "You get very blasé about these things but this is very special, something everyone can enjoy."
American film writer Michelle Foxton from Denver, Colorado, said: "What I saw certainly took me by surprise. But it might be frightening for small children. I can see them getting nightmares."
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is released in the UK in December.
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