Techniques used by the producers of the award winning film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” to try to interpret and present the legend of Robin Hood

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

In this essay I am to look at the techniques used by the producers of the award winning film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” to try to interpret and present the legend of Robin Hood in a way that is relevant and interesting to a modern audience.  I will deal with: how the 12th Century was created, the Actors Performance, How Sympathy is created, the order of events, the use of suspense, the use of cameras to create special effects, the use of sound, use of flashback and I shall also give a personal view on the effect that the film had on me.

The film has been modified from the traditional tales of Robin Hood to suit a modern audience.  The film starts in the less than traditional setting of a Turkish Jail in the late 12th Century.  Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) has been captured whilst on the crusades.  The scene is frantic and dark.  People are shouting.  Robin escapes.  While he is escaping, he tries to free other people from the jail.  He managers to free a Moor named Azeem (Morgan Freeman).  We see them running clear of the jail.

The next scene is in a boat.  Both Robin and Azeem have arrived at the South Coast of England.  Azeem vows to repay Robin for saving his life in the Turkish jail.  When Robin arrives back on British soil, he kisses the ground.  They begin walking back to Locksley Castle.  On the way back they are intercepted by some of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s men.  One is the Sheriff’s cousin, Guy of Gisbourne (Michael Wincott).  A fight breaks out and but Robin is victorious.

When Robin arrives in Nottingham at Locksley Castle, he finds out his father has been murdered by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) for worshiping the devil.  It is at

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this point when we meet the blinded servant, Duncan (Walter Sparrow)

We then see a few pictures of the inhospitable castle, Nottingham Castle.  Rats have been included as they are dirty.  The film producers have also made the setting very dark.  This makes the audience realise that the Castle homes the evil character of the film, the Sheriff of Nottingham.

In the next scene, we see that Robin goes to see his childhood friend, Marion.  We see Marion’s servant at first.  Robin thinks that she is Marion.  She refuses to allow Robin and Azeem on to the home.

‘The Hospitality in this country is as warm as the weather,’ this is a sarcastic quote thus bringing humour into this film.  We later see Marion (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) for the first time in this film.  Whilst Robin asks for Marion’s help to rid the land of the Sheriffs evil, the home is attacked by the Sheriffs men.  Azeem is able to see the attack building up through a telescope that he had made.  Although that this is historically incorrect as the telescope was not invented until the 17th Century, this shows that Azeem is more knowledgeable.  Azeem acknowledges his intelligence by saying

‘How did your unintelligent kind ever take Jerusalem?’ This quote is referring to the crusades.

Robin and Azeem escape Marion’s home on 2 of Marion’s horses.  They flee to the Sherwood Forest.  The Sheriff and his men are scared of entering the forest due to the alleged evil spirits that live within.  For Robin and Azeem, it is the only place to go.  

Whilst in the forest they come to a river.  They are told from a voice in a bush that they are not allowed to cross it without a fight.  Robin fights against Little John (Nick Brimble) with staffs.  This section of the film is slightly funny.

We later see Robin round a fire with the outlaws.  Azeem has been outcast from the group.  He is described as a ‘savage’

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by one of the men.  But Azeem’s new friend, Robin sticks up for him.

‘But no more than you or I,’ this line shows that Robin is not a racist, but in the 12th Century, white people feared black people.  Whilst everyone is drinking, Azeem says that his religion does not allow him to drink.  

We later see Robin with the outlaws.  He reveals his plans to lead the outlaws when asked,

‘Are you planning to join us?’ Robin replied,

‘No, to lead you,’ Robin trains the outlaws how to fight.  He teaches them how ...

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