Toronto Silent Film Festival: THE MARK OF ZORRO (1920)


Film Info
Release Year:1920
Production Country:USA
Original Language:No Language
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Fred Niblo
Cast:Douglas Fairbanks
Noah Beery
Charles Hill Mailes
Claire McDowell
Marguerite De La Motte
Screenwriter:Douglas Fairbanks
Eugene Miller


Get ready for swashbuckling adventure! Douglas Fairbanks, the first king of Hollywood, was a well-known light comedian until he decided to change it all. With Zorro, he virtually created the swashbuckling adventure genre. Zorro turned out to be the perfect vehicle for his daring athletic style, exuberance and mischievous comedy. His adaptation of The Curse of Capistrano proved so successful that all later versions on film, television, video games and comics books are based on the archetype that Fairbanks created, right down the Z. This is one of those films that will have your cheering right until the final fadeout!


Batman originator, Bob Kane, cites this film as his main influence in the Dark Knight’s development. It’s easy to see why this film created an industry with future films, serials, tv shows, comic books and games. 


Bonus Short: The Mystery of the Leaping Fish 1916 starring Douglas Fairbanks 


A hallucinogenic fever dream of the strange, absurd and the truly bizarre that’ll have you saying, “how the heck did they get away with it?” Perhaps the knowledge that Tod Browning (West of Zanzibar) was involved as scenario writer of this burlesque setup on Sherlock Holmes will make it easier to believe. Coke addled detective Coke Ennyday attempts to thwart drug dealers importing contraband via inflatable rubber fish (I kid you not). Defying description, it just a film you HAVE see on the big screen. A cult classic.


*please note: tickets at the door will be $20 (HST included) but in advance only $17 (HST included but excluding Universe's fees)


Live musical accompaniment.