VenueWalter Reade Theater
Perhaps the richest of Lester’s revisionist fables, Robin and Marian mines the Robin Hood mythology for poignant reflections on the place of heroism in a pragmatic world. Middle-aged Robin (Sean Connery, in one of his most seasoned performances) returns from the Crusades to renew his romance with Maid Marian (Audrey Hepburn, in her last great role), who is now living in a convent, and settle old scores with the Sheriff of Nottingham (Robert Shaw). Discovering a different England than the one he left behind, one that has moved past archery contests and jousting, he realizes he’s an anachronism in his own lifetime. As elegiac as his early films were au courant, Robin and Marian presents a different side of Lester, and a melancholy subverting of the adventure yarns of yore.