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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

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

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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