The Black Pirate (image 1)

A healthy entertainment for men of all ages.

Mordaunt Hall, NY Times

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

The Black Pirate 1926

Directed by Albert Parker

The movies’ original, quintessential daredevil megastar and gallant rogue, Douglas Fairbanks, storms the high seas in this 20s action comedy classic. Visiting UK piano maestro Neil Brand matches his every move.

USA In English
94 minutes 35mm

Director

Producer

Douglas Fairbanks

Screenplay

Elton Thomas
,
Jack Cunningham

Photography

Henry Sharp

Editor

William Nolan

With

Douglas Fairbanks
,
Billie Dove
,
Anders Randolf
,
Donald Crisp
,
Tempe Pigott
,
Sam de Grasse
,
Charles Stevens
,
Charles Belcher
,
E.J. Ratcliffe

Elsewhere

The movies’ original, quintessential daredevil megastar and gallant rogue, Douglas Fairbanks, was the architect and hero of this classic hit of the 20s, an action comedy containing some of his most astonishing gymnastic stunts. Accompanying a beautifully restored print, visiting piano maestro Neil Brand matches his every move. — BG

“Alongside Keaton and Gene Kelly, Fairbanks was perhaps the most gracefully athletic mover in the history of the movies... 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. An added bonus is that the film was shot in two-strip Technicolor, a lovely pastel process that defies description.” — Geoff Andrew, Time Out Film Guide