WIN: Tickets to world’s first action-adventure film showing at Curzon

The Mark Of Zorro will be shown at the Curzon. 

The Mark Of Zorro will be shown at the Curzon. - Credit: Curzon Cinema

A silent film will be shown in Clevedon next week, and Times readers could win tickets to the action.

South West Silents: The Mark Of Zorro will be screened at the Curzon Cinema on June 24 at 7.30pm.

Classed as the world’s first action-adventure film, Fred Niblo’s The Mark Of Zorro, released in 1920, not only gave birth to a genre but established a new persona for star Douglas Fairbanks.

Just like Fairbank’s masked hero, the film catapulted him from standard film actor to one of Hollywood’s first super stars. Elements of the film and Fairbanks’ portrayal would later inspire Bob Kane’s most famous of heroes, Batman.

Set in Spanish California, Fairbanks portrays Don Diego Vega, a comically effete young nobleman with a taste for tasselled sombreros and juvenile silk-hanky magic tricks.

But when danger calls, Diego swathes himself in black, straps on a well-honed sword and storms the countryside as the mysterious Zorro. Slicing his initial into the faces of the sentinels of oppression and pausing only to boldly romance the woman (Marguerite De La Motte) to whom his shy alter-ego can hardly summon the courage to speak.

The Mark Of Zorro is an uplifting escape adventure with the thrills which would be copied the world over throughout the rest of the history of cinema.

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This special screening is co-produced with South West Silents and will have live musical accompaniment with musician and broadcaster Neil Brand.

The Times has teamed up with the Curzon to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question below before the competition deadline of 10am on Monday.

Alternatively, send your answer along with your name, phone number, address and email address to Curzon Zorro competition, North Somerset Times, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston, BS23 1LW.

Usual competition rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

By entering this draw, you are agreeing to be contacted by Archant and the cinema.

Curzon staff and volunteers are not eligible to enter.

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