Friday, July 31, 2015

Silent screening - with live music - of Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler

"The Mark of Zorro," the 1920 silent that served as inspiration for the Oscar-winning "The Artist," gets two screenings - with live musical accompaniment - at the Rotunda in University City, and at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Silent screening – with live music – of Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler

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Douglas Fairbanks homages Jean Dujardin, Zorro-style.
Douglas Fairbanks homages Jean Dujardin, Zorro-style.

There’s no mistaking the inspiration for the movie-within-a-movie in the Oscar-winning The Artist in which best actor winner Jean Dujardin leaps across the Spanish tile roofs of a hacienda, clad in black and sporting a mask, and then jumps on a horse to make his getaway. Dujardin and his director, Michel Hazanavicius, were homage-ing The Mark of Zorro,  the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler, por supuesto.

And so, mark your calendars – with a big, bold “Z.” On April 13 at the Rotunda in University City, and again on May 22 at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, the rollicking Spanish California adventure classic will be screened with live musical accompaniment from Brendan Cooney, the pianist, composer and perpetrator of Not-So-Silent Cinema. Cooney’s original score blends flamenco, tango, salsa, mariachi and jazz elements, and he’ll be joined by trumpet (Patrick Hughes), bass (Josh Machiz) and guitar (Alban Bailey).

For info on The Mark of Zorro screenings, go to: www.notsosilentcinema.com

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