The Black Pirate

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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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. An added bonus is that the film was shot in two-strip Technicolor, a lovely pastel process that defies description.

Release details

Duration: 8 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Albert Parker
Screenwriter: Jack Cunningham, Douglas Fairbanks
Cast: Douglas Fairbanks
Billie Dove
Donald Crisp
Anders Randolf
Tempe Pigott
Sam De Grasse
Charles Stevens
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