Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian.
Because it is Olivia de Havilland's birthday on July 1st, I wanted to focus solely on her in this film. Even if I didn't adore Flynn as much as I do, it would be hard to tear my concentration from him because let's be honest, he is the unequivocal star here. Does he have an incredible cast surrounding him? Oh yes. But Flynn had a high wattage of star power that could blind you, and unfortunately, it has often kept me from appreciating Ms. de Hallivand. That stops today!
here.) The lush Technicolor is dazzling to see, especially on the big screen, and lovely Olivia is a sight to behold. You might need sunglasses for this one, folks!
M: "You're willing to defy Sir Guy, even Prince John himself, to risk your own life, and one of those men [in the camp] was a Norman."
R: "Norman or Saxon, what's that matter? It's injustice I hate, not the Normans."
M: "But it's lost you your rank, your lands. It's
R: "Reward? You just don't understand, do you?"
M: "I'm sorry. I do begin to see, a little now."
Although she starts the film as a haughty noblewoman, there are brief moments where we can tell there is more to Marian than a naive passivity. When Prince John mentions her becoming betrothed to Sir Guy, Marian smartly sidesteps that disastrous idea, playfully suggesting that she wants to know him better before tying the knot. (Meanwhile, her eyes are saying "No way!") In that same scene, she appears uncomfortable when John announces that he is taking his brother's place. You get the feeling that she's been humoring John and his cohorts because she expects Richard to return at any moment and make things normal again, but this decision is her first big clue that something is going wrong.
great, defiant speech to John before she is locked away. I like to think that Robin's rescue of her isn't a hero saving the damsel, but rather him returning the favor since she once helped him out of captivity.
Plus, anyone who can hang out with Bess must be okay.
This is my minor contribution to the Olivia de Havilland Centenary Blogathon, a celebration of the still-living Ms. de Havilland's 100th birthday. You can see the other entries here.