The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Movies That Matter: The Sequel
Sunday, June 1, 2014
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The greatest swashbuckling film of all time almost bit the dust with a mid-production change in directors. But from a potential disaster arose what the New York Times’ Frank Nugent deemed “A richly produced, bravely bedecked, romantic, and colorful show … it can be calculated to rejoice the eights, rejuvenate the eighties, and delight those in between.” The Technicolor production is spectacular with castles, pageantry, gorgeous costumes. The style is lighthearted yet mythic, crammed with both bravura heroics and comic panache. Erroll Flynn was dismissive of his “lightweight” movies, yet he was never more virile or charming than as Robin of Locksley. Longtime screen partner Olivia DeHavilland was beautiful and spirited as Maid Marion. Claude Raines and Basil Rathbone made for terrific heavies.
After more than 70 years, The Adventures of Robin Hood seems not to have aged a day.


Movies That Matter – The Sequel continues with screenings of great films with opening and closing remarks by former Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler (now a member of the Library’s Public Affairs staff).

Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 29, 2013  The Grand Illusion (France; 1937)

Oct. 27, 2013    The Bride of Frankenstein (USA; 1935)

Nov. 17, 2013    Breathless (France; 1960)

Dec. 1, 2013      Pinocchio (USA; 1940)

Jan. 19, 2014     Sunrise (USA; 1928)

Feb. 16, 2014    An American in Paris (USA; 1951)

Mar. 9, 2014      The Grapes of Wrath (USA; 1940)

Apr. 27, 2014    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (USA; 1948)

May 18, 2014    The Lady Eve (USA; 1941)

Jun. 1, 2014      The Adventures of Robin Hood (USA; 1938)

The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library will be selling nearly-new movie-related books before and after the event. Prices start at just $1 and none are priced higher than $5.