Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hear Nashville Public Library Podcast with Lord of the Rings Director Ralph Bakshi

Posted By on Sat, May 11, 2013 at 2:58 AM

In the 1970s, Ralph Bakshi was pretty much a genre unto himself: ambitious animated features for adults, mixing in live action and rotoscoping as the decade progressed. (Seek out Heavy Traffic and Coonskin, two of the most original — and at the time controversial — movies of the early ’70s.) Today at 2 p.m., the downtown Nashville Public Library is hosting a free DVD screening of Bakshi's 1978 animated version of The Lord of the Rings, and as a special treat the library interviewed Bakshi for its "Legends of Film" podcast series.

Bakshi has something of a prickly reputation, but Popular Materials library staffer Bill Chamberlain said the famed animator could not have been more welcoming or generous with his time. Check the podcast out here.

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