ROBIN HOOD (1922)
1922, Douris Corporation, 127 min, USA, Dir: Allan Dwan

The story of the medieval English hero who robs from the rich and gives to the poor gets its first Hollywood treatment with this immortal silent classic. Starring Douglas Fairbanks at his swashbuckling best, ROBIN HOOD was one of the most expensive movies of the 1920s, and it shows! A huge castle and the entire village of Nottingham were constructed for the filming. With Wallace Beery as King Richard the Lion-Hearted, Sam De Grasse as his evil brother, Prince John, and Enid Bennett as Robin Hood’s beloved Marian. Its 1922 debut at the Egyptian Theatre was the first Hollywood movie premiere! “Awe-inspiring! Unique in every respect …an unsurpassed and unsurpassable achievement.” - Kevin Brownlow, 'The Parade’s Gone By.'


SPIDER-MAN
2002, Sony Pictures, 121 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

Stan Lee’s conflicted young superhero swings from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen in spectacular fashion in this first installment of the Spider-Man franchise. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is just a kid with a crush on girl-next-door Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) until a bite from a radioactive spider imbues him with super-strength, acute vision and the ability to climb walls and shoot webs from his wrists. These powers come in handy when Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), the alter ego of an eccentric millionaire, arrives on the scene. Can Spidey save the city from this super villain, and will he get the girl of his dreams? Director Sam Raimi’s hyperkinetic action sequences pushed the boundaries of special effects and breathed new life into the superhero genre.


HUDSON HAWK
1991, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: Michael Lehmann

Bruce Willis is Eddie “Hudson Hawk” Hawkins, a master burglar who’s just been paroled from prison when he’s caught up in an international chase for a machine that transmutes lead into gold. The machine was designed by Leonardo da Vinci, who hid parts of it in his artwork, and it’s up to Hudson and his partner (Danny Aiello) to piece all it together. But with the Mafia, the CIA, the Vatican and the evil Mayflower Industries after him, it’s anybody’s guess whether the Hawk will get shot down or fly free. A roller coaster ride that swings from dynamic action sequences to outlandish humor, HUDSON HAWK swaggers with Willis’ signature brio (the actor cowrote the story). With James Coburn and Andie MacDowell.


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