It’s a stellar year for silent film screenings in London, big and small, but there is one particular show I have been looking forward to for months …
Allan Dwan’s captivating, super-sized adaptation of Robin Hood, starring the athletic, charming Douglas Fairbanks, is one of my all-time favourite family-friendly silents. It has wit, and spectacle and action and a true star to recommend it. And who doesn’t love Robin Hood?
But there is another reason to anticipate this screening. Robin Hood screens at the Barbican in October, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing a brand new score, by the one and only Neil Brand, a veritable swashbuckler among film composers. The Barbican promises us that Brand’s score transforms and further enlivens the classic silent, adding “a new richness and relatability to the film’s building tension and dark humour”. I think this is going to be very special.
Robin Hood set a very good example when he robbed from the rich to give to the poor. You could win a pair of tickets to experience the movie, and the new score, for yourself (and a friend).
To win a pair of tickets to see Robin Hood (1922) at the Barbican on 14 October 2016, just send the answer to this question to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on 15 August 2016.
Douglas Fairbanks wrote a book about happiness. What was it called?
A) The Last Laugh
B) Laugh and Live
C) Eat Pray Love
Good luck! The winner be chosen at random from the correct answers and will be notified by email.
- Robin Hood screens at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Brock at 8pm on 14 October 2016. You can book tickets here.