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The silent era's greatest swashbuckler, Douglas Fairbanks, took to the sea with cutlass in hand and gypsy earrings dangling for the first great pirate movie and a gorgeous example of early Technicolor. In a story that's become almost cliché in the intervening years, Fairbanks is the sole survivor of a pirate attack who infiltrates the high-seas criminals by posing as a master pirate. Defeating their leader in an acrobatic duel, Fairbanks proceeds to capture their next ship single-handedly in a sequence that has him swinging from mast to mast and, in the film's most memorable stunt, slicing the ship's sails with his knife as he slides down the sheet. Along with booty, however, the pirates discover a beautiful noblewoman (Billie Dove) and the Black Pirate must devise a plan to save the prisoners and himself in the face of a bloodthirsty band of brigands. Packed with every classic pirate device in the book, from saber duels to walking the plank, The Black Pirate shows off Fairbanks at his best, a jaunty, resourceful hero performing the most amazing acrobatic feats. The restoration shows the two-strip Technicolor classic at its best as well: a beautiful, delicately hued marvel, painstakingly restored and color-balanced from the original negative by film preservationist David Shepard. This edition also includes 19 minutes of rare black-and-white outtakes. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"The Black Pirate" tells the story of a young man of noble lineage, the Duke of Arnoldo (Fairbanks), who is the sole survivor of a pirate attack on his ship, which was blown to pieces, and who swears to avenge his father, killed in the explosion. On the island where he had been marooned, he comes across those pirates, busy trying to hide the loot coming from the Duke's ship. He joins them under the name of the Black Pirate after defeating the pirate leader in a rapier and dagger fight.
To show his worth, he offers to capture another ship single-handedly without a shot fired, and succeeds. However, his goal is of saving the lives of the people on board, including that of the lovely princess Isobel (Billie Dove). He therefore proposes a deal with the pirates: Since the captured ship is intact, it can be held for ransom. While the old pirate ship is going to claim the ransom, with an emissary from the captured ship on board, the Black Pirate and most of the pirate crew stay on the new ship, waiting for the return of the old ship.
The Black Pirate had secretly given a message to the emissary, telling him to send a fleet against the pirates, while he would put the princess safely on shore in the middle of the night. However, a pirate lieutenant (Sam de Grasse, who had played the part of Prince John in Fairbanks's "Robin Hood"), wants to keep the princess for himself, and arranges for the old ship to be blown up.
While the lieutenant watches the old ship being blown to pieces, he sees the Black Pirate attempting to put the Princess on shore.Read more ›
Fairbanks is extrodinarily athletic, and it is incredible to watch his body in motion. They don't make 'em like that any more. He has the smile, the mustache and the skill with a blade. I imagine he would give a jaunty laugh in the midst of danger.
Although it is a silent film, "The Black Pirate" is not black and white, but colored in a two-color Technicolor process. The color gives an excellent, sureal effect. The underwater scenes are amazing.
Ahoy! Hoist the main sail and prepare to Broadside!
The plot could have been from a Robert Louis Stevenson novel. Fairbanks plays a nobleman whose father is murdered. He swears vengeance and to gain it, he infiltrates the pirate ship. Plans go awry when the lovely Billie Dove shows up. (she was cast mainly because Fairbanks liked the way she photographed in color!)
This edition features an orchestral score and a commentary on the making of the movie. I found it rather fun to see how Fairbanks worked at making his stunts perfect.
As mentioneed before, the movie is RATHER more bloody than one expects in such an old film but it is by no means as gory as most modern action movies. (I would rate the violence between a PG and a PG-13) Other than the violence, there are no objectionable scenes, it is all mainly suspense.
This was made at the height of Douglas Fairbanks's popularity and you can easily see how it influenced swashbucklers for years after. It's only a shame that the genre died out in the 50s. The certainly do not make them like they used to.
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Kino Video did a excellent job restoring this fun,classic 1926 silent movie of The Black Pirate on dvd ! Read morePublished 6 months ago by G. R.
This is indeed a DVD which screams BUY ME in your air! This is a truly fast paced, fun to watch movie, presented in beautiful colours, ultrasharp picture and grrreat soundtrack by... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2001 by Mart Sander
This really qualifies as an epic, even though it is silent. Amazing special effects, excellent pirate costumes, a cast of characters that you wouldn't want to meet in broad... Read morePublished on June 10 2000
The Black Pirate definitely set the tone for every pirate movie to follow. The stunts are fantastic, of course, and the plot - while perhaps predictable by today's standards - is... Read morePublished on May 24 2000 by Zeta Thompson
This movie is just so darned fun, you'll have a huge smile on your face the whole time. The story blazes along, the performances are exhuberant, and the two-strip Technicolor... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2000 by Sherm Cohen