The Gaucho (the official full title of the film is Douglas Fairbanks as The Gaucho) is a 1927 silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks and Lupe Vélez set in Argentina. The lavish adventure extravaganza, filmed at the height of Fairbanks' box office clout, was directed by F. Richard Jones with a running time of 115 minutes.
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|Directed by||F. Richard Jones|
|Produced by||Douglas Fairbanks|
|Written by||Douglas Fairbanks|
|Edited by||William Nolan|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$1.4 million|
Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance considers the film "a near masterwork" and "an anomaly among his [Fairbanks’] works." Vance also considers it a "daring departure, the film is an effort of unanticipated darkness in tone, setting, and character. The spirit of adolescent boyish adventure, the omnipresent characteristic of his prior films, is noticeably absent. It has been replaced by a spiritual fervor and an element of seething sexuality the likes of which has never been seen before in one of his productions.”
- Douglas Fairbanks - The Gaucho
- Lupe Vélez - The Mountain Girl
- Joan Barclay (as Geraine Greear) - The Girl of the Shrine (younger)
- Eve Southern - The Girl of the Shrine
- Gustav von Seyffertitz - Ruiz, The Usurper
- Charles Stevens - The Gaucho's First Lieutenant
- Nigel De Brulier - The Padre
- Albert MacQuarrie - Victim of the Black Doom
- Mary Pickford - Virgin Mary (cameo)
A new preservation print of The Gaucho, created by the Museum of Modern Art, was first shown at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2008. It has subsequently been screened at MoMA (2008), and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (2009) to promote the new book Douglas Fairbanks with author Jeffrey Vance introducing the screenings.
The nickname for the sports teams of the University of California-Santa Barbara is The Gauchos in honor of Fairbanks' acting in the eponymous film.
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- Vance, Jeffrey (2008). Douglas Fairbanks. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0520256675.
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- Guillen, Michael (July 13, 2009). "The Gaucho (1927) Introductory Remarks". The Evening Class. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
- "Nickname "Gauchos"". Retrieved November 14, 2016.
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