Thursday, 16 August 2012

ivanhoe (1952) -richard thorpe

Starring Robert Taylor as Ivanhoe, and Joan Fontaine and Elizabeth Taylor as the love interests, this is very similar to 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood', starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (Fontaine's sister), only it's not as good.  Although Ivanhoe also features Robin Hood, the basic premise is the same.  Richard The Lionheart (Richard 1) is held captive abroad, and his evil brother John (Guy Rolfe) takes the throne in his absence.  Ivanoe (or Robin Hood) is loyal to Richard, battles John's men, and seeks the hand of the fair maiden.  Good for a bit of escapism, and as l have loads of time on my hands at present due to being off work but pretty much housebound, it was worth viewing. However, the film isn't that good (and features some cringe worthy singing at the start). Elizabeth Taylor looks great, and King John is suitably evil, but that's about it.  Give this a miss and go for the Robin Hood film instead.

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