The Iron Mask
Swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks leads a stellar cast in Allan Dwan’s spirited sequel to The Three Musketeers. The true king of France is kidnapped and imprisoned, his identity hidden by an iron mask while his evil twin takes the throne. D’Artagnan to the rescue! A glorious farewell to the silent era, the film has short sound segments. Fairbanks talks!
The Iron Mask was restored by Cohen Film Collection in association with Photoplay Productions. In 1999, Patrick Stanbury and Kevin Brownlow of Photoplay produced a photochemical restoration in association with the Museum of Modern Art and The Douris Corporation, using Douglas Fairbanks’s personal nitrate print. Picture restoration work was done at Cinema Arts, Inc and Haghefilm, creating a new 35mm negative. The sound sequences were copied from original discs held at the Library of Congress and digitally restored at Cedar Audio (London). Further digital restoration of the analog restoration elements were carried out in 2017 on behalf of Cohen Film Collection at Roundabout Entertainment.
Live music by the Guenter Buchwald Ensemble
Conductor, composer, pianist, and violinist Guenter Buchwald is a pioneer of the renaissance in silent film music. He has accompanied silent films for thirty-eight years with a repertoire of more than three thousand titles and has conducted orchestras worldwide from Iceland to Romania, Tokyo to Zurich. In great demand as a composer, he has scored silent films as varied as Suzuki and Ota’s What Made Her Do It?, René Clair`s Paris qui dort, Chaplin´s Pawn Shop, and Murnau’s Nosferatu. A soloist known for his virtuoso improvisation, he has appeared regularly at film festivals in Berlin, Bonn, Bologna, Zurich, Pordenone, and Seattle. He is a lecturer at the Film Science Institute at the University of Zurich and resident conductor of the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra for Silent Film in Concert. He is cofounder of the Silent Movie Music Company and is musical director of Bristol’s Slapstick Silent Film Festival in England. He made his first appearance at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in 2013. For The Iron Mask, Buchwald (piano and violin) is joined by Masaru Koga on saxophone and Frank Bockius on percussion.
Image credit: Pamela Gentile