We continue our 2009 March donation drive and online film festival with an excerpt from the 2005 documentary film, “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.
Pt. 6 examines Fairbanks’ reign as Hollywood’s First King. At the peak of his popularity, Fairbanks progressed into even bigger and more daring productions such as his masterpiece, “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924). Also explores “Don Q. – Son of Zorro,” the 1925 sequel to his first Zorro film, “The Black Pirate,” (1926) a brilliant swashbuckler shot entirely in Technicolor, and his risky foray into gritty realism with 1927’s “The Gaucho.”
In this segment, film historians discuss Doug’s role as the father of action-adventure films and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of how some of his greatest onscreen stunts were actually performed. Also explores Fairbanks’ part in founding Hollywood institutions such as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the nation’s first film school at the University of Southern California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, his role as the Academy’s first president, and host of the very first Oscars in 1929.
Featuring rare Fairbanks film clips, photographs and other materials from the museum’s archives. Also includes interviews with museum curator and Fairbanks biographer Keri Leigh, film historian Sparrow Morgan, and Annette Lloyd of Hollywood Forever.
90 minutes, available in 9 parts on YouTube or on DVD through the museum’s online gift shop at http://DouglasFairbanks.org
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