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PGS Film Historian, Omar 94, writes in to remind us of some notable late-November anniversaries for classic films – and to bring our attention to the centennial anniversary of the classic silent film, THE MARK OF ZORRO – quite possibly one of the first “superhero” films.

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Hi Rob,

More movie anniversaries are upon us and November 27, 2020 marks 2 movie anniversaries.

The first being the 35th anniversary of Rocky 4, which released on November 27, 1985. 1985 was a good year for Sylvester Stallone, as he starred in 2 of the top 10 highest grossing films that year: Rocky 4 and First Blood part 2. The latter film celebrated its 35th anniversary back on May 22 of this year, and now it’s Rocky’s anniversary.

I don’t dislike Rocky 4, as there are good individual moments and scenes, but overall I found it just alright.

The second film is the 100th anniversary of The Mark Of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., which released on November 27, 1920.

I am not a fan of this film, unfortunately. I wish I was, but I’m not, as I found the film to be dry and uninteresting. Just a heads up, it is a silent movie. Even if it was in sound, I don’t think I would have liked it.

That’s not to say I dislike silent films, as there are those I like such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and both Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and Modern Times, but Mark Of Zorro was not one of them.

Thanks, live long and prosper.

– Omar


Editor’s Note: For those you who are unfamiliar with the legend of Zorro (arguably the first, modern “super hero”), check out this video …