One of the best Robin Hoods in the history of adventure cinema
This revisiting of the universal myth of Robin Hood, sustained by a very lively Giuliano Gemma and gaudy colours, has in recent times reawaken a wave of fresh enthusiasm on behalf of a young but authoritative critic. There are various reasons for this praise: Giorgio Ferroni’s clear and essential direction, the frequent references to medieval painting, the mix of genres that also draws from the western and the sword-and-sandal. The influential German critic Olaf Möller writes: “At the time, L’arciere di ferro must have seemed at once old-fashioned and strangely modern, as though it had come out from a fissure in time”. Not bad for a “simple” adventure film.
Robin Hood goes into hiding in Sherwood Forest, as he leads a revolt against King John the usurper. Upon the arrival of the good Richard the Lionheart, he will have his complete success.