The Mark of Zorro

The Mark of Zorro

By Rouben Mamoulian - 1h34 - 1940 (United States)
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The Mark of Zorro
Audience 6+

Synopsis

1820. Don Diego de la Vega, the finest swordsman in the Royal Academy of Madrid, goes back to his parents in California. His father has just resigned as governor. He has been replaced by Don Luis Quintero, who gets rich on the back of the people with the connivance of Captain Esteban Pasquale. Don Diego, who is in love with Lolita Quintero, the niece of Don Luis, appears to have become friendly with the new governor and his wife. But when night falls, he becomes Zorro - "The Fox" -, the mysterious masked dispenser of justice and defender of the weak and oppressed. He pops up in the most unexpected ways to foil the plans of wrongdoers one by one, slashing a "Z" at the scene of his exploits in a trademark that becomes legendary...

Benshi's review
Benshi's review

Ah Zorro! It is impossible not to love this swashbuckling character. Whether you are a boy or a girl, everyone has a bit of Zorro in their soul! And, let us be honest, it is quite rare to find a superhero who is not aimed exclusively at boys... Thanks to a brilliantly written script, subtle interplay between the actors and magnificently orchestrated sword scenes, The Mark of Zorro is one of the masterpieces from the Hollywood's golden age, a gem that sparkles with humour and courage. Zorro charms us because he is lithe, athletic, playful, funny, brave and modest, and he carries us effortlessly along with him on his sometimes incredible adventures. But who is Zorro? Zorro means fox in Spanish and we are all familiar with the fables in which the sly fox always comes out on top... We all know that Zorro is really Don Diego. The film invites viewers into this secret right from the start, as if we are friends bearing witness to his feats. So there is no suspense around the fact that Don Diego is Zorro, instead, how about a game of hide-and-seek? That is what the film offers. We revel in following the adventures of a young man who discovers that his governor father has been replaced by a tyrant and his country, California, is living in terror. What should you do when you are the son of a well-known rich man and under surveillance by a despotic regime? Something is very wrong, and Don Diego understands that he will have to play not one but several roles. That is what captivates us about this film, as Don Diego revels in passing himself off for something other than what he is. We are well aware that he is not really a spoilt idler, nor a lily-livered coward. It is a bit like a game of cat and mouse, except in this case the mouse is far more wily than the cat, who is big, arrogant and - let's face it - quite stupid. Zorro is masked and a bit of a magician, both with his partners and also his sweetheart, who is not sure whether she loves Don Diego or just Zorro... An illusionist, a trickster, an ace swordsman and a brave warrior when the situation demands it, Zorro is also, without making a fuss about it, a political activist serving the people and standing up against tyranny and injustice. And another thing: who has never hummed the Zorro song or worn the costume and twirled their arm with a defiant grin on their face?

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Top reasons to watch this film !

  • 1 For the theme tune!
  • 2 For the mark that we all pretend making with a sword
  • 3 Because Zorro is a real people's hero
  • 4 For the message of bravery and honesty
  • 5 Because he is the funniest and most vibrant hero!

Who is it aimed at ?

To be enjoyed by everyone without hesitation, starting from ages 5-6. The film is both light-hearted and serious and features enough twists and action to thrill everyone. It is also the perfect inspiration to play at being Zorro as soon as the film finishes!

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Robber Swashbuckler Resistance Solidarity
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