Throughout the month of March, we’ll be exploring the life of Douglas Fairbanks with a 9-part online film festival as part of our Spring Donation Drive. Continuing this week with another episode from the 2005 documentary film, “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.
Pt. 7 continues from Pt. 6 with the story of Fairbanks’ efforts to found the nation’s very first school of film at the University of Southern California. Also explores the coming of sound technology to the motion picture industry and how “the talkies” affected his career. Film historians discuss Fairbanks’ early sound films such as “The Iron Mask,” his 1928 sequel to “The Three Musketeers,” 1930’s “Reaching for the Moon,” (his only musical), the 1931 travelogue “Around the World With Douglas Fairbanks,” 1932’s “Mr. Robinson Crusoe,” and a lengthy examination of his only on-screen pairing with wife Mary Pickford in William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” (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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