The Black Pirate (B&W with Color Tints Version) (Silent)

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Director: Albert Parker
The Black Pirate (B&W with Color Tints Version)
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DVD Features:

  • Silent Film with Musical Score
  • Black/White with Color Tints
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1926
  • Label: Aikman Archive
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 05/28/1999
"...Color rarely looks this good on a movie this old..."
New York Times - 01/14/2011
"THE BLACK PIRATE hums with energy. The surface of the image itself seems alive, swimming with particles of light."

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The Black Pirate is a 1926 adventure film shot entirely in Technicolor which tells the story of a young nobleman who infiltrates a ship full of pirates to avenge his father's death. The film stars Douglas Fairbanks, Donald Crisp, Sam De Grasse and Billie Dove.

In one long, dramatic scene, Fairbanks, acting alone, seizes a merchant ship. In another famous scene, he sticks his dagger into the mainsail and rides it all the way down from top to bottom, cutting the sail in half as he goes. The film features many special effects, including some spectacular models of sailing ships.

The film's script was adapted by Jack Cunningham from a story by Fairbanks, who used his middle names "Elton Thomas" as a pseudonym. Directed by Albert Parker, The Black Pirate has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Product Description:

This swashbuckling nautical adventure, starring the incomparable Douglas Fairbanks, made film history as one of the first full features shot entirely in Technicolor. Here, he plays a nobleman who wants to revenge his father's murder, so he boards a pirate vessel disguised as one of the thieving, villainous rapscallions, and sets about achieving his goal. On the high seas, the athletic Fairbanks provides a no-holds barred, rip-roaring, stunt-filled voyage -- complete with a one-man takeover of a merchant ship.

Plot Keywords:

1920s | Adventure | Classic | Epic | Heroes | High Seas | Pirates | Rescue | Silent | Swashbuckler | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • THE BLACK PIRATE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
  • THE BLACK PIRATE was the first feature film shot in 2-strip Technicolor, but many surviving copies are in black & white.
  • According to Variety, Elton Thomas (who came up with the film's story) was actually Fairbanks himself.
  • Additional production company: Elton Corp.
  • Copyright 1926 Elton Corporation.

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  • UPC: 018619319130
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