Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Logo of Zorro

The Mask of Zorro (1998)
(1) Montero: I'm sorry that I have to leave you without a husband. [to his guards] Arrest him.

(2) de la Vega (indicating the sword): Do you know how to use that thing?
Murrieta: Yes. The pointy end goes into the other man.
de la Vega: [sighs] This is going to take a lot of work.

(3) Murrieta: The great warrior known as Zorro was gone. The people gave him a hero's funeral, but your grandfather will live on. For there will always be a Zorro. We will see him again... riding like the wind, his sword blazing in the sun... leaping, jumping, swinging through the air... Fighting like a tiger.

Zorro’s logo, the letter “Z” (tilted 65 degrees) is also a metaphor for Zorro’s reincarnation. He rises, he falls, he rises again. Montero's “Arrest him!” triggers the fall, the exchange “pointy end goes in the other man,” marks the rise, and the storytelling, “There will always be a Zorro,” signals the climax where de la Vega passes Zorro’s mask to Murrieta.


Anonymous said...

"Zorro appeals to everyone. He is handsome. He leaps like a lion and fights like a tiger. Awesome! He seems like a superman, even if he falls off his horse sometimes. Funny! But his main appeal is, he helps others. And he has a striking logo – “Z” is a dynamic letter."

Barry Natusch said...

Zorro's appeal... he's a do-good rebel. He's a disguised identity, like Superman or Batman or the Scarlet Pimpernel. Or the heroic outlaw Robin Hood. They have humble everyday identities. They all fall, from heights, off their horses or off bridges sometimes but in the end they do their rescuing with panache and flowing capes. They do it in style. And leave a sign like a "Z" or a pimpernel flower.