East of England






25 February

800px-Fairbanks_Robin_Hood_giving_Marian_a_daggerRobin Hood (Dir. Allan Dwan, 1922) (Screening format – not known, 127mins) Amid big-budget medieval pageantry, King Richard (Wallace Beery) goes on the Crusades leaving his brother Prince John (Sam De Grasse)  as regent, who promptly emerges as a cruel, grasping, treacherous tyrant. Apprised of England’s peril by message from his lady-love Marian (Enid Bennett), the dashing Earl of Huntingdon (Douglas Fairbanks) endangers his life and honor by returning to oppose John, but robin hood poster 2finds himself and his friends outlawed, and Marian apparently dead. Enter Robin Hood, acrobatic champion of the oppressed, laboring to set things right through swashbuckling feats and cliffhanging perils.  One of the films that shaped the world of Hollywood, Robin Hood had a huge budget, large scale sets and was the first film to have a premiere. Pioneering in its ambitiousness, it is now considered one of the most significant films of early cinema, ripe for musical interpretation. Douglas Fairbanks as Robin Hood masterfully conquers the athletic stunts of the ‘Swashbuckler’ silent films, whilst managing to bring emotional depth to this defining role. Read more at Wikipedia  With a new score, written by Neil Brand, and performed live by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.  Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex Link