Thursday, July 23, 2009

BEHIND THE MASK OF ZORRO

El Zorro cabalga otra vez – Spanish title
Il giuramento di Zorro – Italian title
Zorros Hemmelighed – Danish title
Zorron kirous – Finnish title
Le serment de Zorro – French title
Zorros grausamer Schwur – German title
Der grausame Schwur des Zorro – German title
O Orkos tou Zorro – Greek title
O juramento do Zorro - Portuguese title
Zorro Rides Again – English title
The Oath of Zorro – English title
Behind the Mask of Zorro – U.S.A. title

A 1965 Spanish, Italian co-production [Hispamer Film (Madrid), Duce Compagnia
Cinematografica/Rodes Cinematografica (Rome)]
Producer: Sergio Newman, Tulio Bruschi
Director: Richard Blasco (Riccardo Blasco)
Story: José Gallardo, Luis Lucas, Daniel Ribera
Screenplay: Mario Amendola, José Gallardo (Jose Rimbau), Luis Lucas (Luis Ojeda),
Daniel Ribera
Cinematography: Vitaliano Natalucci, Mario Vulpiani [Eastmancolor, Panavision]
Music: Ramirez Pagan Angel (Ángel Arteaga)
Running time: 106 minutes

Cast:
Patricio/Alfonso/Zorro - Tony Russel (Antonio Russo)
Don Antonio - José Maria Seoane (José Maria Bujan)
General Esteban Garcia - Jesús Puente (Jesús Alzaga)
Captain of the Guards - Agustin Gónzales (Agustin Martinez)
Manuela - María José Alfonso (María Mingo)
Alicia - Mireya Meraviglia (Mirella Maravidi)
Serafina - Rosita Yarza (Maria Manrique)
Marcel - José Rubio (José Urrea)
Juan - Felix García Sancho (Felix Sancho Gracia)
with; María Luisa Arias, Aldo Cecconi, Paquito Comes, Rafael Corés, Fernando de Anguita, Lucas Durán (Ludwig Durán), María Gónzales, Ricardo Lilló, Jaime Mateos, Antonio Moreno, Enrique Navarro, Narciso Ojeda, Joaquín Pamplona (Joaquim Pamplona), Roberto Paoletti, Ángela Rhu, Inés Rodríguez, Enrico Salvatore, Ángel Soler, José Torremocha, Rafael Vaquero


In the struggle for Independence of Mexico, emerged a man who would go down in history as something between reality and legend. The called him “El Zorro” (the Fox).
It is 1847, the place California, a revolutionary general named Don Esteban detains a coach and arrests its two passengers: Marcel, an entomologist, and Patricio, who is on his way to the Governor’s palace to be the new butler. Patricio eloquently induces the rebel leader to let them go. Soon after, Don Esteban captures the palace and orders the Governor and his attendants to be shot, and again Patricio’s persuasiveness is effective, for the general agrees not to execute anyone until at least the following morning, and when morning comes, only Count Martinez is ordered to be shot for the time being. Just in the nick of time the Count is rescued by Zorro. The general then gives orders to execute the Governor, but yet again Zorro appears and save him too.

Suspecting that Patricio is the audacious Zorro, the general has him imprisoned, but another feat by Zorro takes place and Patricio is released. Now the people have had time to arm themselves and attack the palace, led by Zorro. The rebels are beaten and Don Esteban is killed. Zorro removes his mask to reveal… Patricio! Marcel explains that during his jailing, he had put on Zorro’s clothes to deceive the rebels.

*Tony Russel was in the running for the role of Zorro for the Walt Disney TV production but lost out to Guy Williams. Being an excellent swordsman Russel was given several roles during the series run. He was the perfect choice to portray the character when he went to Italy to continue his career. While there Tony organized the Italian dubbing industry whereby the same dubbing actor dubbed specific actors so there voices always sounded the same. Many American actors did dubbing work for Tony when they were in Rome and were looking for work between films.

Youtube lin; www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqF4nZBD43Y

2 comments:

  1. Portuguese title:
    O JURAMENTO DO ZORRO

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  2. As always thanks Antonio, noted and added.

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