1921, 136 min, USA, Dir: Fred Niblo

This exciting adaptation of the oft-filmed Alexandre Dumas novel stars Douglas Fairbanks as d'Artagnan, who travels to Paris to join the king’s elite guard and joins musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos to defend the crown against intrigue in the 17th century. Loaded with lavish costumes and swashbuckling action, the film features such early Hollywood stars as Adolphe Menjou, Eugene Pallette and Barbara La Marr. This major new restoration was created in collaboration with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, based on the original elements that Fairbanks donated to MoMA in 1939.

1917, 72 min, USA, Dir: John Emerson

In possibly his best pre-swashbuckling comedy, Douglas Fairbanks stars as a young New Yorker who longs for the excitement of the Old West. Energetically directed by John Emerson, with a witty script and wryly ironic intertitles by husband and wife Emerson and Anita Loos, and cinematography by Victor Fleming.

1926, 88 min, USA, Dir: Albert Parker

Shot in two-strip Technicolor, THE BLACK PIRATE stars Douglas Fairbanks in the title role as a nobleman who vows revenge on the brigands who killed his father, and joins their crew to exact it. Damsel in distress Billie Dove might distract him from his mission, but Fairbanks is in his element as a buccaneer – the sequence in which he singlehandedly captures a ship will leave you in awe.

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