Friday, January 27, 2012

Merry Tales of Maid Marian

From the opening scene of wildlife at dawn to the sighing Green Man, Robin Hood is a visual feast. This is the 1991 version starring Patrick Bergen & Uma Thurman. The costumes, in my opinion, are beautiful - simple, natural fabrics with rich details and sombre lighting, forests with mist, moss and mummers. 








I've never seen a cat on a table in a medieval movie. This looks more like my house, sans the meat.









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  1. Hmmm, may have to check this out. BTW, are you familiar with author Rosemary Sutcliff (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary_Sutcliff) She's the one who wrote the book that "Eagle of the 9th" was based on. In addition to her Roman Britain novels, She has several medieval setting books. I've gotten the Roman Britain ones. Several are available for Kindle, which I also have.

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    1. Thank you so much for the recommendation. I'm not familiar with her writing - sounds wonderful and I see she did Tristan & Isolde too! Adding to my wish list:)

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  2. Oh, I did see this one, and I agree, its great! Hope all is well in your world! Ice and snow and rain today, ick.

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    1. Eeeks on the weather. We had a storm and tornado warnings this morning; cleared up to nearly 70 degrees!

      I was happy to have found a dvd version of this on my last trip to Boston.

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    2. Now the wind has picked up and the ice chunks are flying off the trees and slamming onto the metal roof.. LOUD and scary!

      Anyway, I WAS going to say that I have to get this reply thingie going on my blog, but haven't figured out how to yet... gonna go look that up. Thanks for the reminder!

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    3. Oh, hope you aren't going to lose power. That does indeed sound frightening.

      The reply thing is new to me too - I didn't do anything different to get it. I go away for a bit and come back to a brand new world!

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  3. I've never seen this movie, which surprises me! I will have to check it out, it looks really interesting.

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    1. Joel - It is very interesting and may have been made for TV. This version focuses on the Norman/Saxon feud with a bit of nasty Prince John in for good measure.

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  4. I have heard of it and never watched it... I will definitely have to now...the pictures have tweaked my interest!! :)

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    1. As a big Robin Hood fan, I highly recommend it. If memory serves, it came out about the same time as the Kevin Costner version.

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  5. I haven't come across this before but the stills look good, must see if I can locate it on Amazon. I really like the inclusion of The Green Man!

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    1. I hope you do find it and enjoy as much as I do. The costumed revelers are simply wonderful.

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  6. Uh I would like to see that one :) is there a wedding scene in it accidentally? ;)

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    1. There is indeed!!! The brown dress she has on is her wedding gown! I didn't get any good close-up details of it but it is brown - looks like wool, with that beautiful ivy-leaf or floriated detail on neckline and sleeves and there is an underdress of a coral color. Also some pretty chapel decor that you may find interesting. All lovely!

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    2. Uh nice. :) I have this idea that I want to make a monthly - medieval wedding in movies - entry :) I'll be sure to remember this one.
      And the dress is very nice.:)

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    3. Cecilie - another good ones is Excalibur. Guinevere wears a shimmery silver/white gown; not of the period, but the movie as more of a mythic overtone.

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    4. Uh I love shiny/shimmering ;)

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  7. I never saw that movie O_o uma? I want to see it.

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    1. She was a fantastic Marian! Hope you like it.

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  8. OMG! how did I miss this movie?! Thank you for posting about it. I will rent asap! The costumes and the general look exquisite!
    As far as the cat on the table... Ha! We eat on the floor because there are too many cats on the table LOL!
    Great post,
    Blessings,
    Tricia

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    1. Tricia - How I still hold the memory of your Mad Catter tea party in my head - your gorgeous yellow kitties munching the scones! This movie is obviously full of amateurs with that single cat on the table! pfffft.

      I digress. It is a delightful movie, full of green forests and adventure. Both the women's and men's costumes have an authentic feel to them. Many blessings to you.

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  9. I absolutely love that movie and it is so visually gorgeous! I quite enjoyed my week of medieval movie immersion and I need to go back to my storage to get some more material. This will be on my list!

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    1. Eric - I so love our chats and sharing of medieval themes and movies. Pour a glass of mead and enjoy!

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