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5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood, 1922 (Hollywood classics, SVD5041) - Highly original grand epic, they don't make em like this anymore!
There have been many screen versions of the Robin Hood legend on the silver screen over the years, from the rollicking derring-do of Errol Flynn's portrayal through to the touching romance of Sean Connery. But having finally seen this little gem I would be willing to champion it as one of the best.

The film splits into two halves, in the first we follow King...
Published on 1 Sep 2010 by Victor

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3.0 out of 5 stars Landmark film.
The set pieces for this film were enormous, so large that even Douglas Fairbanks apparently felt inadequate when shown them and was only convinced when Allan Dwan, the director, showed him the scope for stunts. I'm sure that the impact must have been enormous at the time of release, Fairbanks being a popular draw. As silent films of the period go it's an excellent example...
Published on 2 Dec 2011 by Allan Broadfield


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5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood, 1922 (Hollywood classics, SVD5041) - Highly original grand epic, they don't make em like this anymore!, 1 Sep 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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There have been many screen versions of the Robin Hood legend on the silver screen over the years, from the rollicking derring-do of Errol Flynn's portrayal through to the touching romance of Sean Connery. But having finally seen this little gem I would be willing to champion it as one of the best.

The film splits into two halves, in the first we follow King Richard the Lionheart and his loyal knight Robert of Huntingdon as they go off to the Crusades, leaving Richard's dastardly brother John in charge of England and able to pillage the land for his own evil ends. Huntingdon is summoned back to England, and upon his return to England he assumes the name of Robin Hood as he starts to rid the land of tyranny. The film really gets going in the second half after he has taken the persona of Robin Hood and starts kicking John's rear all over England. It builds towards a thrilling climax, where it seems almost impossible that the heroes will survive the day.

The two sections are both equally great, but for different reasons. In the first half there is the burgeoning romance between Robin and Marion, beautifully illustrated on the screen. It is quite touching and never cloying or overdone. I was also impressed with the character development and exposition as we see John's evil and Robin's devotion to his friend Richard explored. Then in the second half the action takes off and we are taken on a rollercoaster of a ride, where Douglas Fairbanks gets to fight everyone and show off his athletic ability on any scenery that comes to hand.

The sets are particularly impressive, the castle set was one of the biggest ever built. They give the film an epic feel.

Fairbanks provides us with a Robin Hood with a deep sense of honour and loyalty to his King, but with an impish sense of humour. As the picture on the front of this DVD shows, when he is roused to anger he looks genuinely scary and threatening, but he has his vulnerabilities. Indeed, he needs rescuing himself at the end of the climactic fight, an event quite unique in Robin Hood films. It is one of the greatest portrayals of the character.

This release of the film is OK. It seems to be a fairly complete version of the film. The transfer is acceptable, but there has been little or no restoration and the picture is a bit washed out and jumpy at times. There is a simple musical accompaniment, which has been recorded specially for the film and synchronises reasonably well. It's fairly low key and does not intrude too much. The only extra is a very disposable biography of Fairbanks on the disc.

A decent release of a classic adventure, recommended for all romantics.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Douglas Fairbanks Film, 12 Nov 2003
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This film had a budget of $1 million dollars which was hugh at the time, its clear from watching the film that most of this must have gone on the bigger then life sets, the hugh castle was one of the biggets sets in cinema history.
The film is quite good although Douglas Fairbanks does not really take on the role of Robin Hood until about half way through the film, he plays the Earl of Huntingdon before that.
The print on this DVD is quite good considering the films age and the score is quite good.
I would really like to recommend this DVD to any one who likes silent films.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Damn their black hides! I'll lash them till they bleat!" Robin Hood, 26 Aug 2007
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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We are watching a 1.4 million dollar early production of "Robin Hood" (1922).
The sets were the most expensive at the time.

King Richard the Lion-Hearted (Wallace Beery) oversees a tournament just before the great crusades. The winner of course is a night The Earl of Huntingdon (Douglas Fairbanks.) What does he win? The right to be Richards's right hand man in the Crusades. Richard knowing that the Earl is woman shy forces the winner to be surrounded by every female available.

While the king is away on the Crusades, his brother has a plan in process to usurp the thrown and practices his evil ways on the people of England.

Can no one save them? Is there no leader to champion their cause against oppression?

This is the KINO international film.
We are al familiar with the most popular version of Robin Hood and this film pretty much follows form. However (it just may be from watching it nearly a century later) Lady Marian Fitzwalter (Enid Bennett) looks like a sixties hippy. Who ever picked the music? The film is almost better off without it; this is some sort of electronic concoction.

Of course after the fact better versions of the story were filmed. However that can not distract that this one was a biggie in its day; the premiere was held at Grauman's brand new Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

To get a better background on the story I suggest you read about the cinematic history of Robin.
Robin Hood: A Cinematic History of the English Outlaw and His Scottish Counterparts by Scott Allen Nollen (May 1999)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Landmark film., 2 Dec 2011
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Allan Broadfield (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The set pieces for this film were enormous, so large that even Douglas Fairbanks apparently felt inadequate when shown them and was only convinced when Allan Dwan, the director, showed him the scope for stunts. I'm sure that the impact must have been enormous at the time of release, Fairbanks being a popular draw. As silent films of the period go it's an excellent example of Hollywood hokum. Acting styles are dated, but that comes with the territory. The organ accompaniement isn't very impressive, it deserves a big orchestra, but I suppose the budget for this DVD was limited, unlike the original film.
Print quality not bad. A must for students of the cinema, this was one of the landmark silent films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sort of jewel, 1 May 2013
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it's lovely, an old fashioned but still fascinating film.
the scenarios are fantastic, and the actors so remarkable!
Like it so much :-)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Time has not been kind to this one, 20 Dec 2010
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Douglas Fairbanks' Robin Hood may have been a sensation in 1922, but time has not been kind to either the film or Fairbanks' brand of dementedly over-emphatic ham. It's a lavish production with hundreds of extras and massive sets (the staircase, like Alan Hale's Little John, making a reappearance for Errol Flynn's superior 1938 version), but it only works in fits and starts. It's the first half of the film that fares best, focussing on knightly romance in the prelude to Wallace Beery's manically laughing King Richard departing for the Crusades, with some surprisingly effective scenes of wooing and parting. But once Robin and his absurdly mincing men start prancing through Sherwood like a bunch of prima ballerinas on coke, it becomes increasingly laughable and as camp as a very long row of tents to such a degree that even evil Prince John's surprisingly graphic reign of terror can't compensate. Nor is there much in the way of impressive stunt work, leaving a film which never really knows how to make the most of its incredible production values beyond the odd effective scene here and there (according to director Allan Dwan, Fairbanks was never fully convinced about making the film, and it shows). Still, it does have an inspired moment when the Merry Men use a pair of noblemen on ropes for a giant game of conkers that's bonkers enough to forgive at least some of the film's shortcomings.

It's not helped by some of the public domain DVD copies out there, but Kino's 2004 special edition Region 1 NTSC DVD offers a good transfer with some interesting outtakes and a Will Rogers parody from Big Moments from Little Pictures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid film from the silent era, 18 Aug 2014
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Well directed and impressively produced, but Douglas Fairbanks' performance has not aged well in the latter part of the film despite his remarkable agility. The trouble is that once he has become Robin Hood, he bounces around in the greenery in a manner more likely to provoke smiles than admiration. Still, worth watching, and not foolish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Sep 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars More dated than expected, 20 April 2013
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A black and white silent movie with that jerky slow frame speed and regular caption pages to explain the action. That in itself should of course be expected for a movie from 1922. However, the disappointing aspect for me was is in the storyline and performances - although many books and writers describe it as a pivotal film...

Lead actor and writer/producer Douglas Fairbanks Sr. was the original dashing hero and swashbuckling superstar - and yet I didn't get that impression at all. In my mind I have tried to compare the film with Carl Laemmle's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" starring Lon Chaney, from 1923, the following year. While Hunchback has pathos, Robin Hood has slapstick. Rather than being an early fore-runner of the action adventure, it is - in my eyes - not much more than a boisterous, unsympathetically told, and over lengthy parody of a popular legend.

I suppose the question arises as to what methods and techniques film-makers in the silent era were able to use in order to effectively convey their ideas and sentiments to an audience. I can only imagine that Fairbanks had consciously decided to concentrate on style over substance. He was renowned for performing his own stunts - and while it might be unfair to compare his stunts in the 1920s with modern films which have more cameras and better editing options, even in those far distant days I would expect audiences' eyebrows may have raised somewhat at his antics. Not impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1922 Version - Still Simply the Best, 9 Nov 2010
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Douglas Fairbanks and Enid Bennett shine in this tale of chivalry, daring-do and deception. The balletic music that accompanies this silent film is magnificent.
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