Cinema Under the Stars: Heroes and Legends
This summer's cinema will reach Homeric proportions in the seventh annual film series co-presented by the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The gates open at 8 p.m., and the movies will be screened on Friday evenings August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. Weather permitting, the movies will be shown on the front lawn at 9 p.m. In case of rain, they will be shown in the Babcock Auditorium. Beer and wine will be available for purchase only, and filmgoers are encouraged to arrive early and picnic on the lawn.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), 102 min.
Admission includes pre-screening talk.
Directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley
Errol Flynn defines "swashbuckling" as the legendary hero Robin Hood in this Oscar-winning classic. In this version, the selfish Prince John (Claude Rains) usurps the British throne while his brother King Richard fights in the Crusades. John imposes cruel taxes on the peasantry, causing Robin to mount an insurrection with his band of Merry Men, while simultaneously wooing Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) and selectively redistributing the wealth of the realm. Basil Rathbone co-stars as his suave arch-nemesis Guy of Gisbourne.
Pre-screening talk: Buried Treasure: Howard Pyle and the Silver Screen, 8 p.m.
Admission includes the pre-screening talk and film.
Art historian and Wake Forest University Professor David Lubin considers the influence of the great 19th-century book illustrator Howard Pyle on the golden age of cinema. Illustrating his talk with clips from adventure films such as The Black Pirate, Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and, more recently, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lubin shows how Hollywood directors, screenwriters, set and costume designers, and composers have drawn on Pyle's imaginative recreations of the past to enliven their own. This talk will be held in the Auditorium.