The novel has since been reprinted using both titles. In response to public demand fueled by the film, McCulley wrote more than sixty more Zorro stories, beginning in Fairbanks picked up the movie rights for the sequel that year.
He defends the people of the land against tyrannical governors and other villains, and is not only much too cunning and foxlike for the bumbling authorities to be caught, but delights in publicly humiliating those same foes, while riding on his horse Tornado.
The mask covered his whole face in the original. He also uses a bullwhip, like the later Indiana Jones. In the original story, he also used a pistol, but this has rarely been seen since. Zorro became a key inspiration for The Phantom, Batman and other comic-strip action heroes.
La Espada y La Rosa. In the film The Mask of Zorro, a younger protagonist, Alejandro Murrieta was accorded the title, and is called Zorro in his own adventure The Legend of Zorro. Zorro soon became a regular character in numerous pulp fiction magazines. Zorro is similar to some real bandits in California history.
Other possible inspirations include Robin himself though he was English, of courseCalifornia bandit Salomon Pico, Tiburcio Vasquez, and William Lamport, an Irish soldier living in Mexico in the 17th century. Estanislao led a revolt against the Mission San Jose in There is not much historical basis for the Spanish hacienda culture depicted in the books and films.
The population of California increased when it was a territory of the Viceroyalty of New Spain later Mexico for years, but a multi-generational feudal society and peasant class never fully developed, as it had in Mexico proper. It was just too remote. California was not even settled until the s and most Mexican land grants were less than ten years old when Mexico lost California during the Mexican-American War.
However, life in 18th century colonial New Spain was modeled on the class society of Europe, with nobility at the top and peasants at the bottom, and hacienda culture was and is prevalent in the rural areas of Mexico proper. The Andalusian-colonial society depicted in the Zorro Hollywood films, with gentlemen in bolero suits and swords and ladies in comb and mantilla, is quite picturesque and certainly evokes the gracious living of the creole in colonial New Spain.
His calculating and precise dexterity has enabled him to use his two main weapons, his sword and bullwhip, as an extension of his very sleight hand.
He never uses brute strength, more his fox-like sly mind and well-practiced technique to outmatch an opponent. Zorro also has a medium-sized dagger tucked in his left boot for emergencies. He has also used his cape as a blind, a trip-mat—and when used effectively—a disarming tool.
Usually he uses psychological mockery to make his opponents too angry to be coordinated in combat. His horse, Tornado, has well lived up to his name, outrunning entire armies, overtaking enemies miles away, even catching up to a full speeding train so that Zorro could save his wife and son.
As an inspiration to the crowds that love Zorro dearly, he rears up in the distance, with the sun behind him, and Zorro raises his sword to symbolize victory to the people of his beloved country.
Don Diego is captured and imprisoned, his home burned down and his infant daughter, Elena, kidnapped and brought up by Rafael Montero as his own daughter during his exile in Spain.
Twenty years later, Montero returns to California and makes a plan to separate the region from the new Republic of Mexico, ruled by General Santa Anna, buying California with the gold of a secret mine in the Californian desert.
This enterprise is fueled by slave labor in the mine and a clear intent to kill all personnel after the gold is extracted.
De la Vega escapes from prison with the intention of taking revenge on Montero and telling Elena her true origin. He also trains a young delinquent, Alejandro Murrieta, as a new Zorro. In the final fight, both Montero and De la Vega die.
The new Zorro and Elena get married. Murrieta now known as Alejandro De la Vega continues the fight against injustice at least untilwhen California becomes the 31st US State.
Inspiration and Influence Although not completely original in its concept and recognizing influences from previous publications like the Spring Heeled Jack adventures, notably including motifs such as the secret subterranean lair and the habit of marking the bodies of his enemies with a signature letter, this character is one of the earliest precursors of the superhero of American comic books, being an independently wealthy person who has a secret identity as with Spring Heeled Jack and The Scarlet Pimpernel which he defends by wearing a mask, and who accomplishes good for the people with his superior fighting abilities and resourcefulness.
Zorro has also been adapted for comic books and comic strips. Zorro keeps his horse in the basement of his house, and Batman keeps his Batmobile in a similar hideout, the Batcave.
Zorro was also the inspiration of the remarkably similar characters El Coyote and El Aguila. McCulley wrote at least 65 more Zorro stories, which in addition to feature films inspired a Republic serial and even, ina London stage production. The arguably most famous Zorro movie appearance, starring Tyrone Power, more or less adopts the book version, where Diego masquerades as a brilliant swordsman but a decadent and uncaring human being until the brilliantly staged final fight with Basil Rathbone; critics single out the swordfight as arguably the most realistic and thrilling on film.The on-screen chemistry between Power and Darnell is terrific (a key scene, with Vega/Zorro disguised as a priest, as Lolita confesses her secret desires, would be 'spiced up' and recreated in the Banderas/Zeta-Jones update, THE MASK OF ZORRO).
The Mask of Zorro. In early 19th century California the masked swordsman hero Zorro was a champion of the people against the tyranny of Spanish rule, represented by the ruthless Governor Montero.
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