New discoverers of Richard Lester’s Robin and Marian, a paean to aging in the middle ages, will find more than a bit of resemblance to Tony Harvey’s wonderful The Lion in Winter, which came eight years previous.
Listen to the score of Robin, and you’ll find the textures of John Barry’s work in Lion. And then, of course, there are James Goldman’s screenplays.
The major news, at the time of release, was that Audrey Hepburn was returning to film for the first time in a decade – since her starring role in Wait Until Dark.
Her magnificently delicate features, were showing a bit of bottle age – very much in sync with the appearance of Sean Connery, both the same age, heading toward fifty.
What always struck me about this film, was the weight of things, and how difficult it was for former warriors of a certain age, to lift, forget about fighting with huge steel swords. This is seen in no more obvious light, than in the final battle between Mr. Connery, and the extraordinary Robert Shaw, as the Sheriff of Nottingham, who had made Robin’s life a bit problematic decades earlier, when he was light on his feet, as the great Robin of Sherwood.
This is a small film, with a stellar cast that beautifully stands the test of time.
For those concerned about such things, I had originally thought that this was a new line of MOD titles coming from Sony, of Columbia titles. The disc is, in fact, pressed, regardless of distribution and manufacture.
The image and audio transfer, are typically Columbia, which means, superb.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Yes!
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