Mask of Zorro

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Introduction

Movies can be described as a ”cultural mirror”, a valuable reflection of attitudes, philosophies, values and lifestyles because they enlarge and enrich the frontiers of our knowledge. Needless to say, we can enjoy a movie and also learn the culture, the language, the customs and the traditions of people from different countries. Obviously, a successful film inspires and emboldens us to strive for a better life and this will help us to improve our way of thinking. My research paper consists of three chapters , each and every one of them bringing information and critical notices about the characters from ”The Mask of Zorro”, especially about Anthony Hopkins who is one of my favourite actors and about the legend of a such popular name nowadays, El Zorro. I have to specify that I went into ”The Mask of Zorro” not thinking very much about it. I had heard about this movie for almost a year, and I wondered why it had taken so long for it to be released, if it had any special thing in comparison with other movies. Therefore, I am here to tell you that the film was satisfactory. The movie was shot very nicely, the swashbuckling, sword-fighting scenes were breathtaking. As I mentioned above, I admire Anthony Hopkins, being one of my favourites. He is well known as a highly convincing actor who enters into the skin of the character he is playing, making it hard to perceive the difference between the character he is playing and the man himself. Certainly, many films have become popular and acclaimed worldwide, but over time fewer remain etched in our mind and soul. One of the movies that I would watch again and again is ”The Mask Of Zorro”, primarily, for the fact that Anthony Hopkins is one of the main characters that stars in this film.

CHAPTER I

The Biography Of a Legendary British Actor

Anthony Hopkins And His Life Story

Actor, director, producer and piano virtuoso, Sir Anthony Hopkins was born on New Year’s Eve 1937. His full name is Phillip Anthony Hopkins, born to mother Muriel Anne, and father Richard Arthur Hopkins in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales. Heralded to be one of the few actors who have the rare quality to turn a mediocre film into a stellar picture, surely it is very unnecessary to question the talent and skills Anthony Hopkins possesses within. With his incredible emotional range plus well-established ability to deliver first-class portrayals for the role he has been cast, whether as a schizophrenic ventriloquist, a destructively repressed butler, or just a mere kind doctor, he really has turned into a prominent figure that is so close to being a living legend in the film industry. Born as Philip Anthony Hopkins to baker Richard Arthur Hopkins and Muriel Yeats on December 31, 1937 in Margam, near Port Talbot, South Wales, U.K, Anthony grew up as a sensitive, anti-social boy who preferred to lay his interest outside school subjects, presumably because of the learning disorder known as dyslexia he had been afflicted with during his early life. A lousy student, he really had a horrible time at school then, spending this period in three different educational institutions of Port Talbot's Central School, West Monmouth boarding school in Pontypool, and Cowbridge Grammar School where he was finally able to finish his studies. Sinking deeper into his favorite activities of drawing, playing the piano, also watching movies which introduced him to the wonder of acting, Anthony gradually found himself developing an overwhelming desire to be an actor, especially after Richard Burton gave his encouragement to follow his footstep when he briefly met the older fellow Welshman at the age of fifteen. Ultimately having fixed his mind to pursue the dream, he afterwards took apprenticeship with the local YMCA players, followed by an enrollment at Cardiff's College of Music and Drama, but did not go straight into the acting field upon his...
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