Silent Film: The Mark of Zorro (1920)
Patrons, new to silent films as well as veteran silent film watchers, will be excited to marvel at the sights and sounds when Civic presents another installment in its ongoing series of silent film classics on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 pm.
The well known 1920 film, The Mark of Zorro, features Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery will be shown in the Historic Nineteenth Street Theatre. The first film to introduce the masked hero, Zorro, makes this a genre-defining swashbuckler adventure you won’t want to miss! Not only did the silent film star Douglas Fairbanks play the leading role in The Mark of Zorro but he also adapted the screenplay and produced the movie for his own production company.
The Mark of Zorro tells the story of Don Diego Vega, the outwardly foppish son of a wealthy ranchero Don Alejandro in the old Spanish California of the early 19th century. Seeing the mistreatment of the peons by rich landowners and the oppressive colonial government, Don Diego, who is not as effete as he pretends, has taken the identity of the masked Robin Hood-like rogue Señor Zorro, champion of the people, who appears out of nowhere to protect them from the corrupt administration of Governor Alvarado, his henchman the villainous Captain Juan Ramon and the brutish Sergeant Pedro Gonzales. With his sword flashing and an athletic sense of humor, Zorro scars the faces of evildoers with his mark, “Z.”
When not in the disguise of Zorro, dueling and rescuing peons, Don Diego courts the beautiful Lolita Pulido with bad magic tricks and worse manners and she cannot stand him. Who will win the hand of the beautiful Miss Lolita? Don Diego or Señor Zorro? Bring the entire family to find out!
Why come to a Silent Film?
For those of you who have never been lucky enough to see a silent film, it is a truly an experience celebrating a classic American art form. You experience the movies the way the audiences did 100 years ago. When you realize all of the sounds effects come from the theatre’s original Moeller organ, you will truly be amazed!
Who would like a Silent Film?
The entire family! Civic Theatre is the only theatre in the area to bring a silent film experience back to the silver screen. A different kind of fun…it is a truly unique experience… a low-tech high entertainment way to watch a movie that you will not believe.
How to buy tickets?
At the box office or online at www.civictheatre.com
General Admission: $12