Winner of the 2009 Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Award, Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer includes eleven of the joyful modern-dress comedies, westerns, satires, dream-fantasies and romances which, though mostly seldom-seen, made Fairbanks a tremendously popular hero. In addition to Fairbanks's unique talent, these ebullient films showcase his gifted collaborators including writer Anita Loos and directors Allan Dwan, Victor Fleming, and John Emerson.
Douglas Fairbanks came from Broadway to the movies in 1915 when high salaries were luring well-known stage actors to the new feature-length pictures. Although most of these performers failed to “register” on camera and returned to New York, Fairbanks quickly became a supernova. His energetic, optimistic character, his ingratiating smile, his graceful, acrobatic stunts (he did his own), clever writing, and accomplished staging rapidly made Fairbanks one of the most admired stars in the world.
Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer begins with 4 films from 1916 by Triangle-Fine Arts: His Picture in the Papers, The Mystery of the Leaping Fish, Flirting With Fate, and The Matrimaniac. The collection continues with 3 films produced by Fairbanks for Artcraft/Famous Players-Lasky Corp.: Wild and Woolly (1917), Reaching for the Moon (1917), and A Modern Musketeer (1918). The last are 4 features Fairbanks produced for United Artists, a company he established in 1917 with Charles Chaplin, Mary Pickford and D. W. Griffith: When the Clouds Roll By (1919), The Mollycoddle (1920), The Mark of Zorro (1920), and The Nut (1921)."
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks
Directed By: Louis Feuillade
Written By: Arthur Bernède, Louis Feuillade
Score By: Eric Beheim, Philip Carli, Frederick Hodges, Robert Israel, Rodney Sauer, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and Franklin Stover
Language: Silent with English Intertitles
Video: 480i Standard Definition / 1.33:1 / Black and White / Tinted Color
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Theatrical Release: 1916-1921
Runtime: 760 Minutes
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Region Code: Region 0 (All Regions)
Special Features: Galleries of rare stills from Douglas Fairbanks' personal collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as an audio commentary on A Modern Musketeer, 32 Page Booklet - An extensive booklet essay by Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta, authors of the biography, Douglas Fairbanks (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences/University of California Press, 2008).
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Western, Adventure