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No Better Greene in Sherwood Forest,
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This review is from: The Adventures of Robin Hood: The Complete Series (DVD)
This TV series has hung in my memory over 40 years, obviously my first introduction to english culture, long before seeing Errol Flynn in the big screen version of Robin Hood. This is an early review of this series, mind you, before seeing the 90 or so remaining episodes. No matter. If you like "I, Claudius, " and "Poldark," you must see this wonderful black-and-white introduction to the British standards of locale/studio dramatizations. With adult eyes, I am amazed at the way the writers avoided trampling the Hollywood scene cliches to this fable, realizing they had more time to add depth and imagination to this Robin Hood, maintaining its plausability along the way. For instance, how did Robin gain leadership over the men of Sherwood Forest? He earned it, reluctantly, by displaying a deeper wisdom in proving himself. Having seen the early (1929)silent Fairbanks "Robin Hood," shot in romantic hues of light and dark, with spare period furniture,it is apparent to me now that the British team of craftsmen may have had that in mind in their location shooting.The noblemen do speak more eloquently than the peasantry, but each has their code of honor or dishonor accordingly. If you have kids and would like to introduce them to the harmless myths like Robin Hood that will remain with them years later, this is a great introduction like Life 101. Episodes will pit greed against obligation; obligations to king or the gang; right versus might. Loyalty to the gang or the family. There is clearly a logic and rationale upon which each episode hangs. We are rational beings is what Robin Hood argues throughout and that right gets contested and we must be fit for that contest daily.There is a greater need for this moral fable today, wouldn't you agree? Richard Greene as this TV Robin Hood, makes clear from the start the importance of words, honor, loyalty; our priorities; and that they fit our actions in determining the outcome of our affairs. And, of course, 90 or so episodes later, we think we have viewed a harmless fable. After college, we call it philosophy without text-editing crib sheets. Of the many reasons to admire this series, the one most impressive is how well this series holds up to the TV period dramas 25 years later.
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Initial post: Feb 20, 2010 12:01:12 PM PST
C. Wilson says:
Bravo from this 61 year old !!
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