THE MARK OF ZORRO
October 24, 2003 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
(Unitd States, 1920, 90 minutes, b&w, 16mm, silent)
Based on a 1919 serial in All-Story Weekly, a pulp fiction magazine, THE MARK OF ZORRO is regarded as the true grandfather of the action hero genre. In Old California in the 1830s, a masked avenger champions the rights of the common folk against a corrupt Mexican colonial administration. A blockbuster in its day, the film broke all previous box office records and transformed the 44-year-old Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.--in his very first swashbuckling role--into a superstar.