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‘Swashbuckler’: Swordplay on Film Hits 100, From ‘Mark of Zorro’ to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

For exactly a century since 'The Mark of Zorro,' heroic (and less-heroic) swashbucklers have leapt into battle in the movies

11/26/2020 3:15:00 PM

For exactly a century since 'The Mark of Zorro,' heroic (and less-heroic) swashbucklers have leapt into battle in the movies

1920’s “The Mark of Zorro” started the genre of romantic swashbuckling movies, but the term was originally meant as an insult to violent braggarts.

Nov. 25, 2020 6:38 pm ETThis week marks the 100th anniversary of a cinematic milestone: the release of the silent film “The Mark of Zorro,” starring Douglas Fairbanks, on Nov. 27, 1920. Based on a story by the pulp writer Johnston McCulley introducing the dashing masked vigilante character of Zorro, it is considered the first-ever “swashbuckler” film, kicking off a genre that continues to entice movie audiences a century later.

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