'Zorro' is old-time film adventure
Rockport — "The Mark of Zorro," a fine swashbuckling screen adventure from 1940, will be screened Thursday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. The film stars Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell and Basil Rathbone.
In the early 1800s, Diego Vega is unexpectedly summoned home to California, only to find his father deposed and the local peasants crushed by tyranny. Diego Vega becomes the scourge of the oppressors by acting as the masked bandit Zorro. The duel in "The Mark of Zorro" is considered by many movie buffs to be among the finest swordfights in cinema. It was staged by Hollywood fencing master Fred Cavens and atmospherically shot by cinematographer Arthur Miller and director Rouben Mamoulian.
The swordfight scene takes place within the confines of a single room, which forces the actors to fight rather than jump around in the scenery. Zorro (Tyrone Power) crosses rapiers with Captain Pasquale (Basil Rathbone) in a fast, furious and dangerous battle of skill — without the use of stunt doubles or special effects. Rathbone was known already in Hollywood as an outstanding classical fencer, but Power's own excellent skills are displayed here for the first time. In 2009, "The Mark of Zorro" was named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Admission is free. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or email@example.com.