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The Americano (Silent) (1916)

Douglas Fairbanks , Alma Rubens , John Emerson  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Douglas Fairbanks, Alma Rubens, Spottiswood Aitken, Karl Stockdale, Charles Stevens
  • Directors: John Emerson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0044M2OPY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lured by the vision of President Valdez's beautiful daughter, Juana, American engineer Blaze Derringer travels south to the Latin American country of Paragonia. His mission is to reopen the mines and help restore prosperity, but on arrival he finds his company's offices deserted and the president a prisoner of self-appointed dictator, Colonel Gargaras. Blaze must concoct a plan to free the president from the impregnable San Mateo prison, if Paragonia is to be freed from oppression.

Only eighteen months after his debut in D.W. Griffith's The Lamb (1916), handsome, athletic, charismatic Douglas Fairbanks had established himself as Hollywood's third highest paid actor, behind only Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford. The mighty triumvirate of friends went on to found United Artists in 1919, and the studio's financial success was fueled to a great extent by Fairbanks' motion pictures. As the first president of the Motion Picture Academy Of Arts and Sciences, Fairbanks presented the very first Oscars in 1927. He is best known for his lavish swashbuckling adventures, most notably The Mark Of Zorro (1920), The Three Musketeers (1921), Robin Hood (1922) and The Thief of Bagdad (1924).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lot of good fun corn July 13, 2011
I thought by looking at the jacket image this might be a bit of American Image stroking, and I suppose it is, but this was a fun movie.... and for the date (1916) it is in fact a very well put together peice. But then why not, it was supervised by D.W.Griffith no less! The editing is very good and your not lost once. I don't recall the music being distracting either. The story is reasonably plausible, though as always there is always a bit of "lucky chance" to make the story work. But it's clever enough to make sence and seem perfectly feasable.

The meeting of Fairbanks with the heroin is about as silly as it gets, and I got the feeling it was some Smarmy amigo looking for another notch. But that impression is soon enough erased. But then it's Douglas Fairbanks, so it's a winner... and of course he's as nimble as ever in this movie too.
Ok one American saving the entire country of ...what now.."PARAGONIA"? is again American Ego stroking in the extreme, but somehow they pull it off and you don't feel like you've been sold an American flag or something.
and the end is great fun...the villian get his just deserts and the hero get's his girl. Ok campy classic chick flick in some regards, but good clean fun for the whole family. And folks give silents a try...they for the most part have decent stories you don't feel you have to wash your brain out after and hide your children from.
If your a silent movie collector you won't feel you have to shelve this one but you'll be able to watch in turn with your others over and over.

I never seem to have any problem (yet) with this companies movies loading on my cheap DVD player.
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