Robin Hood: The Truth Behind Hollywood's Most Filmed Legend

Robin Hood: The Truth Behind Hollywood's Most Filmed Legend

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Director: Philip Gardiner

Cast: Philip Gardiner

     
 

As written and directed by author, filmmaker and historian Philip Gardiner, this documentary program carries viewers beyond the Hollywood iconography associated with Robin Hood - the rogue thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor - to investigate the historical truth belying the legend. It seeks to answer fundamental questions about the actual existence of…  See more details below

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As written and directed by author, filmmaker and historian Philip Gardiner, this documentary program carries viewers beyond the Hollywood iconography associated with Robin Hood - the rogue thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor - to investigate the historical truth belying the legend. It seeks to answer fundamental questions about the actual existence of Robin, Maid Marian and the outlaws of Sherwood Forest, the origins of the Robin Hood stories, and which elements of the stories actually transpired centuries ago. The film at hand was shot on location in Sherwood Forest, England - said to be Robin's old stomping ground. The program features numerous dramatic reenactments and a score by James Earnshaw and the ensemble No Redemption.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2010
UPC:
0885444208638
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
NR
Source:
Reality Ent
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:10:00
Sales rank:
87,273

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Disc #1 -- Robin Hood: The Truth Behind Hollywood's Most Filmed Legend
1. Chapter 1 [1:27]
2. Chapter 2 [2:26]
3. Chapter 3 [3:36]
4. Chapter 4 [3:00]
5. Chapter 5 [5:12]
6. Chapter 6 [5:18]
7. Chapter 7 [7:00]
8. Chapter 8 [5:20]
9. Chapter 9 [6:07]
10. Chapter 10 [7:34]
11. Chapter 11 [4:52]
12. Chapter 12 [4:08]
13. Chapter 13 [6:44]
14. Chapter 14 [2:19]
15. Chapter 15 [5:33]
16. Chapter 16 [2:57]
17. Chapter 17 [4:57]
18. Chapter 18 [5:54]
19. Chapter 19 [5:24]
20. Chapter 20 [3:45]
21. Chapter 21 [3:42]
22. Chapter 22 [4:04]

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Robin Hood: The Truth Behind Hollywood's Most Filmed Legend 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadAReview More than 1 year ago
I just finished watching Robin Hood: The Truth Behind Hollywood's Most Filmed Legend. This film is a documentary by Philip Gardiner. I found it to be very thorough in the investigation as to whether Robin Hood was a man, a mixture of fact and fiction throughout history, or purely fable. It's filmed quite nicely with present day actors in costume portraying Robin Hood, Maid Marion, and Robin's band of men. Excellent photos of artifacts, medieval ruins and the Sherwood Forest accompany the documentary. There are also sword fights, sober moments, and merriment between Robin and his group, keeping the viewer entertained. I never found myself bored and the 70+ minutes were over before I knew it. This film rivals anything I've seen on the History channel. During the film, Mr. Gardiner explores records in history, while comparing folklore against it to see whether or not Robin Hood truly lived. No stone is left unturned. So, was Robin Hood real or a mythological man? The viewer will have to judge for him/herself after watching this film. I tend to believe there's a little bit of Robin Hood in all of us.
BHauser More than 1 year ago
Not surprisingly, you don't get the whole truth in this documentary, but it's a good survey of where the Robin Hood legend might have come from. The disinherited noble, wrongly banished to Sherwood Forest, pursued by the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, could have been based on a dozen actual men with names similar to Robin Hood, and who lived anywhere from the 12th to 15th century in Nottinghamshire. So even if it's impossible to pin down a single person, this film is convincing on how the legend grew out of pagan folktales of wood sprites, trickster forest deities and hobgoblins. Add unrest and uncertainty and an active commentary by poets and balladeers, the myths and legends continued as a means of collective memory. If you've read Joseph Campbell, a lot of this will be familiar, and it doesn't seem so important whether Robin Hood was fictional or not. Highlights of the film are the shots of castles, churches and cathedrals in the area, and of course, Sherwood Forest itself. Less entertaining are the re-enactors, who aren't given much to do. (Except for a couple of music videos at the end.) Make sure you keep the disc rolling to the 20-minute sub-documentary after the main one which showed Nottingham now (and Little John's grave.)
LEH79 More than 1 year ago
Who isn't somewhat intrigued by the notorious Robin Hood? Having just recently watched Russell Crowe in the latest silver screen portrayal of the legendary folk hero, I too was drawn to this documentary in hopes of learning a little more about the man behind the legend. While I will admit the footage in this documentary looks more like a promotion for a modern day Renaissance Festival and the music is a tad unnecessary, the material presented by the narrator was insightful. The theories raised behind whether Robin Hood was fact or fiction or a combination of both, were interesting although I would have liked to have seen more of how these theories relate to Hollywood adaptations as the title would suggest.