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Robin Hood: the new iconography of victimhood

By David Herman  

A medieval western which looks like world war 2

From Shane to JFK and Seven, there was a sure way of identifying villains in Hollywood movies. It used to be black hats and white hats, but that didn’t work so well—except for westerns. So Hollywood came up with an equally simply rule that worked for different genres. The baddie was always a single childless man (or group of men). The goodie was always a family or community made up of families, or…

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