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Four— Robin Hood: From Roosevelt to Reagan

1. The Hollywood producer Rob Wood, a longtime fan of the television series, has recently repackaged these episodes, colorizing them, reediting them to include slow motion for action scenes, and updating the music for today's audiences, with pleasing results. [BACK]

2. The plot line of Adventures is heavily influenced by the themes introduced by Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (1819). J. C. Holt, Robin Hood (London: Thames and Hudson, 1982), 183-186, discusses how this differs from previous Robin Hood themes. [BACK]

3. The filmmakers apparently had no discomfort in having a black man kill an older white woman as the means of repaying his debt to a white male. Nor do the filmmakers have much sensitivity to the kind of feminist view of witches found in the often-reprinted essay "Witches, Midwives, and Nurses" by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English; much less do they take into consideration mainstream scholarship such as Alan C. Kors and Edward Peters, Witchcraft in Europe, 1100-1700 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1972). [BACK]


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