Douglas Fairbanks plays Zorro, a “Robin Hood” protecting the poor against the rapacious governor of Old California. Combining a natural athleticism (he performed all his stunts without a double), with humor and optimism, Zorro was the first in what would become Fairbanks’ specialty: the swashbuckler film.
Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, cited Fairbanks’ Zorro as a primary inspiration for his creation: the dual nature of the protagonist, the mask and cape, the athleticism.
One Week, a 1920 Buster Keaton short, will also be screened. In it, Keaton plays a newlywed who, along with his wife, attempts to build a do-it-yourself home.
Cinequest runs from March 3-15 at various venues.
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