Robin Hood: A Cinematic History of the English Outlaw and His Scottish Counterparts

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From Errol Flynn to Kevin Costner to Daffy Duck, the bandit of Sherwood Forest has gone through a variety of incarnations on the way to becoming a cinematic staple. The historic Robin Hood—actually an amalgam of several outlaws of medieval England—was continually transformed by oral tradition to become the romantic and deadly archer-swordsman who “robbed from the rich to give to the poor.” This image was reinforced by popular literature, song and, in the 20th century, cinema. This volume provides in-depth ...
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Overview

From Errol Flynn to Kevin Costner to Daffy Duck, the bandit of Sherwood Forest has gone through a variety of incarnations on the way to becoming a cinematic staple. The historic Robin Hood—actually an amalgam of several outlaws of medieval England—was continually transformed by oral tradition to become the romantic and deadly archer-swordsman who “robbed from the rich to give to the poor.” This image was reinforced by popular literature, song and, in the 20th century, cinema. This volume provides in-depth information on each film based on the immortal hero. In addition, other historical figures such as Scottish rebel-outlaws Rob Roy MacGregor and William Wallace are examined. Nollen also explores nontraditional representations of the legend, such as Frank Sinatra’s Robin and the Seven Hoods and Westerns featuring the Robin Hood motif. A filmography is provided, including production information, and the text is highlighted by rare photographs, advertisements, and illustrations.
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The author first discusses the historical events that lie at the heart of the legend of Robin Hood, weighing various pieces of scholarly evidence that attempt to determine the legendary outlaw's true identity, then examines the appearance of Robin Hood in ballads, plays, and literature since the 12th century. The remainder of the volume provides information on each cinematic version of the legend that has appeared since the advent of film. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786437573
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Allen Nollen was educated in film and history at the University of Iowa. He has written and edited more than 40 books on the history of film, literature and music.

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