The Gaucho

It’s summer already, so where are the action movies? And don’t give me any of this CGI crap, or kung fu fighters dangling from wires later erased with digital effects. One guy who definitely did his old stunts old-school was Douglas Fairbanks, whose 1927 silent The Gaucho will here be accompanied live by organist Dennis James. Long before Jackie Chan or Tony Jaa became famous for action sequences with single-take integrity, Fairbanks set the standard for swashbuckling virtuosity. And yet, at the very fit age of 44, the star took on a transitional midlife role in The Gaucho (which he also wrote and produced) as a bandit tired of his old banditry. The plot has something to do with miracles, leprosy, evil landowners, and smokin’ hot Lupe Velez—future lover of Johnny Weissmuller and Gary Cooper--as “the Mountain Girl” who helps to tame Fairbanks’ rogue. Look for Fairbanks’ wife, fellow ’20s superstar Mary Pickford, as the Virgin Mary. (And no, I am not making that up.) Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 682-1414, www.theparamount.com. $12. 7 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

Mon., June 23, 7 p.m., 2008

 
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