The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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.