TDF Film Podcast 31 - Swashbucklers

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Parry, parry, thrust, thrust, gooood! If we’re quoting Robin Hood: Men in Tights it must mean we’re about to tackle Musicals or Swashbucklers, and lucky for everyone it’s the latter! Yes the swashbuckler, home to some of the most joyous action classics of yesteryear and perhaps the closest Western equivalent of the Kung-Fu genre (it’s either that or song & dance musicals!), not to mention the domain of literary geniuses like Alexandre Dumas! It’s also the one of the few genres where a grown man can fling about in green spandex and still be the very definition of masculinity! Just ask Errol Flynn - or better yet: Mike Sutton, as he’s going to be discussing the legendary 1938 Technicolor classic The Adventures of Robin Hood, a film that regularly features in shortlists of the greatest action films of all time by people who can remember a time before mobile-phones, and perhaps even more-so by people who can remember a time before phones!

John and Matt have decided to be all cool & contemporary by overlooking the many, many epics of the Silent and Golden Era to settle on Cyrano de Bergerac and The Princess Bride. The former being the 1990 french adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play that’s generally considered to be the definitive celluloid account of the poet with the supersized protuberance, while the latter adapts the novel of the same name by William Goldman, which in both original and screen form is simply a wonderful swashbuckling fairytale pastiche.

We all had a lot of fun watching the films covered in this pod (and we talk about the genre in general, not just the three main features), so be prepared for a slightly elevated level of enthusiasm and maybe... just maybe... some awful, awful impressions! Now doesn’t that sound like something that’s worth a download?

Episode 31 contributors: John White (host), Mike Sutton, and Matt Shingleton

As always, here are some trailers:

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Cyrano de Bergerac

The Princess Bride

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 19:19:00

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