Triumph of Robin Hood, The / Il trionfo di Robin Hood (1962)

2.0 out of 5

Seldom has the English countryside appeared so Alpine as it does in this lighthearted take on the famous folktale of the men in Lincoln green tights who's legend seems little more than a convenient backdrop to a lot of charging around the country on horseback interspersed with underwhelming action in which many of the extras look completely lost, disinterested or out of their depth. Occasional narration attempts to steer things back on course and keep the mayhem from collapsing space and time under the weight of its own irritating hyperactivity.

While all this may have been enjoyed by audiences of the time, and even played well to the matinée crowd of the subsequent decade, the film is unlikely to have much contemporary appeal with young audiences while adults may find that the overly repetitive escapades and infantile mood lightening slapstick begins to grate.

Featuring comically unconvincing archery and swordplay the allegedly epic finale is one to rival Blazing Saddles as arrows are limply discharged and cold steel is waved about, at times without any discernible purpose.

The film features Nello Pazzafini as, unsurprisingly, a henchman and Umberto Lenzi directs.

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