First Mondays Silent Film Series: Robin Hood (1922) with Douglas Fairbanks
About This Event
Jeff Rapsis will accompany the first film adaptation of the Adventures of Robin Hood starring the first and future President of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Douglas Fairbanks.
Amid big-budget medieval pageantry, King Richard goes on the Crusades leaving his brother Prince John as regent, who promptly emerges as a cruel, grasping, treacherous tyrant. Apprised of England’s peril by message from his lady-love Marian, the dashing Earl of Huntingdon endangers his life and honor by returning to oppose John, but finds himself and his friends outlawed, with Marian apparently dead. Enter Robin Hood, acrobatic champion of the oppressed, laboring to set things right through swashbuckling feats and cliffhanging perils!
Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance evaluated the film in 2008 as follows: “Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood is the most important legacy of the rich life and career of Douglas Fairbanks. The towering sets are long gone, and the characters have been reimagined and reinterpreted, but the foundation the film was built upon—and the culture it created—exists to this day….The creation of Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood consumed nearly a year of his life, and the experience established the matrix for all of his subsequent silent film productions. Indeed, it was the first of his productions to be fully realized in every respect.”
CAST: Douglas Fairbanks, Enid Bennett, Wallace Beery, Sam De Grasse, Alan Hale, Bud Geary
DIRECTOR: Allan Dwan
RUN TIME: 133 min