The Adventures of Robin Hood

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In Brief: What is left to be said about The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)? It is — even if mostly by accident — one of the most perfectly cast movies ever made. Every player in it seems to have been born to play his or her role. The production values are top-notch. The score is exciting. The action is thrilling and coherent. And the Technicolor...well, I remember seeing it in college and hearing someone announce, "It's like the color comes down from the screen and washes over you!" (Drugs may or may not have been involved in this assessment. It was, after all, at a college in 1973.) The movie is, in fact, quite perfect for its kind — and the fact that people still insist on making new versions is the textbook definition of a fool's errand.
Genre: Adventure
Director: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Ian Hunter, Una O'Connor
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Adventures of Robin Hood Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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