Unbuckling the swashbuckler - Page 2

A new bio shines a light on what Douglas Fairbanks left behind

Portraying a more complex, jaded hero than in his earlier movies, he had put aside his discomfort with love scenes, thanks partly to co-star Lupe Velez, with whom he was having an affair. Ironically, Pickford appears in the film as an apparition of the Virgin Mary.

A dear friend who attended all of the Silent Film Festival responded to a questionnaire asking her to name the highlight of the weekend by writing "Douglas Fairbanks' ass." Clearly, though he is dead and gone, his star shines on.

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