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The Black Pirate

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Overview

The Black Pirate was hailed in 1926 as the "return" of the Douglas Fairbanks who'd breezed through several peppy comedies before starring in lavish costume epics like Robin Hood 1922 and Thief of Bagdad 1924. The story involves a young nobleman Fairbanks whose father is killed by pirates. He vows to avenge his dad's death by becoming a buccaneer himself and routing out the villains. Along the way, he rescues damsel-in-distress Billie Dove likewise of noble birth and engages in a few bloody duels with the swarthy ...
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Overview

The Black Pirate was hailed in 1926 as the "return" of the Douglas Fairbanks who'd breezed through several peppy comedies before starring in lavish costume epics like Robin Hood 1922 and Thief of Bagdad 1924. The story involves a young nobleman Fairbanks whose father is killed by pirates. He vows to avenge his dad's death by becoming a buccaneer himself and routing out the villains. Along the way, he rescues damsel-in-distress Billie Dove likewise of noble birth and engages in a few bloody duels with the swarthy likes of Sam De Grasse and Anders Randolph. Charlie Stevens, a grandson of American Indian chief Geronimo -- and whom Fairbanks regarded as a "lucky charm" -- appears in several tiny roles. The Black Pirate was originally presented in two-color Technicolor form; the black and white prints are the most-often-seen version of the film, however.
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Special Features

Original 1926 Score by Mortimer Wilson, Conducted by Robert Israel (1996); Organ Score by Lee Erwin; Audio Commentary by Film Historian Rudy Behlmer; Complete "Talkie" version, minus intertitles, with orchestral score and Narration by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; 18 Minutes of Outtakes, with Commentary by Rudy Behlmer; 29 Minutes of Addtional Outtakes, Courtesy of the Library of Congress; Photo Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Executed with Douglas Fairbanks's signature bravado and flair, this 1926 swashbuckling classic was the first epic to be shot entirely in Technicolor. The adventure begins when a group of vicious and greedy pirates attack a ship sailing the South Seas. The sole survivor, Fairbanks, washes ashore on a deserted isle and swears revenge. Meeting up with the earringed scallywags again, he bests their captain in a duel and becomes the new leader of the pirates, secretly setting them up for imprisonment. Fairbanks was not only one of the biggest stars of his day; he was a consummate producer and a great stuntman. The film's action sequences are surprisingly graceful, with Fairbanks flying across ship decks like a trapeze artist. In one astounding stunt, he slides down the face of a sail, his knife easing his descent as it slices the canvas in two. The gorgeous period sets and costumes add to this silent gem's exquisite air of make-believe.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Black Pirate was unpopular with critics on its release, but it is remembered today for its fine production design and innovative use of an early version of Technicolor. The color shoot required larger than usual amounts of lighting, presenting a unique challenge for set designer Carl Oscar Borg; the cumbersome camera limited the types of shots available to director Albert Parker and cinematographer Henry Sharp. Still, Parker and company managed to keep the film visually interesting and the action sequences fast-paced. Pirate is also notable for its point-of-view editing, and its unusually frequent use of intertitles to convey dialogue. Producer-writer-star Douglas Fairbanks hoped that the film would be his comeback vehicle, rescuing him from ponderous epics and lightweight comedies. Despite its brisk pace and persistent good humor, however, Pirate didn't provide Fairbanks with a receptive audience, though critics would grow to appreciate the film as some of his best work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2010
  • UPC: 738329072124
  • Original Release: 1926
  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Special Edition
  • Sound: silent
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 48,159

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Douglas Fairbanks Michel, "The Black Pirate"
Billie Dove The Princess
Donald Crisp McTavish
Tempe Piggott Duenna
Anders Randolf Pirate Leader
Sam de Grasse Pirate Lieutenant
Charles Stevens Powder man
John Wallace Bit
Fred Becker Bit
E.J. Ratcliffe Bit
Mrs. Piggolt Duenna
Charles Belcher Chief Passenger
Technical Credits
Albert Parker Director
Carl Oscar Borg Art Director
Jack Cunningham Screenwriter
Douglas Fairbanks Original Story, Producer
William Nolan Editor
Henry Sharp Cinematographer
Mortimer Wilson Score Composer
Lotta Woods Screenwriter
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IN FULL TECHNICOLOR

    Let me please correct: this DVD produced by Image as shown above, is presented not in B/W but indeed in Technicolor. The print is incredibly good, sharp and the colors are almost modern. The newly recorded original orchestral soundtrack is pure pleasure as well. The film itself can never tire you - it's fast paced no nonsense and can even be enjoyed by those who ususally don't enjoy silent flicks. Plus the DVD includes a wonderful documentary about The Making Of Black Pirate, which features many interesting stunts and swordfighting sequences. One of the very best DVD-s I own - and I own many!!!

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