THE BLACK PIRATE
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(1926, Albert Parker) In Hollywood’s first major Technicolor feature (its two-color photography modeled on the Old Masters), Doug, last survivor of a buccaneer massacre, vows revenge, going undercover as the “Black Pirate.” With some of Doug’s most spectacular stunts, including his most famous: riding down a sail on his dagger. Approx. 88 min. 35mm.
"So handsome and exuberant that it retains its freshness after thousands of imitations. A full-blown romantic adventure!"
– Michael Sragrow, The New Yorker
“Alongside Keaton and Gene Kelly, Fairbanks was perhaps the most gracefully athletic mover in the history of the movies, and The Black Pirate perfectly captures his relaxed, exuberant optimism. A pacy tale of romance and revenge on the high seas, it sees Doug swashing his buckle with unsurpassed ease: the daring stunts are breathtakingly stylish (none more so than the celebrated descent down a sail on the point of a dagger), while scenes like the shoal of soldiers swimming underwater to invade the pirate ship are shot through with a poetic beauty.”
– Time Out (London)
“This is a production which marks another forward stride for the screen, one that the boy and his mother will enjoy and one that is a healthy entertainment for men of all ages.”
– The New York Times
“As entertainments go, The Black Pirate generally wants for nothing…A standard-bearer for all swashbuckling pictures, if not the standard-bearer”
Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
“I can vividly recall The Black Pirate from when I first saw the film in 1926… Fairbanks was courageous on screen. That was his character. Yet he was just as courageous off screen as a pioneering producer. Of all the major figures from Hollywood’s early years, Fairbanks deserves to be better known. His movies are more than highly entertaining. They are high art”
– Saul Bellow
“A landmark achievement in the advancement of cinema as an art form and THE DEFINITIVE PIRATE FILM OF THE ENTIRE SILENT FILM ERA.”
– Jeffrey Vance