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Summer Classics: The Black Pirate (1926) at the Tampa Theatre

  • Presented By: Tampa Theatre
  • Dates: August 29, 2021
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Tampa Theatre

  • 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
  • Price: $10 - $13
Summer Classics: The Black Pirate (1926) at the Tampa Theatre

Douglas Fairbanks was the finest and most famous action movie star of the silent film era. Robin Hood, The Thief of Bagdad, The Mark of Zorro — he made a lot of the best swashbuckler movies of all time. But he never made another movie quite like The Black Pirate, and neither did anybody else. Shot entirely in two-color Technicolor (and only the third feature to do so) The Black Pirate was one of the most technologically advanced films to date — and only Douglas Fairbanks had the fame, and the money, to pull it off. As his biographer Jeffrey Vance put it: “Technicolor’s inherent limitations and high cost had the effect of unfettering the picture from pageantry and visual effects, resulting in a straightforward action-adventure film. The picture was a refreshing return to form for Fairbanks and a dazzling new showcase for the actor-producer’s favorite production value: himself.” But straightforward though it may be, it’s anything but boring or predictable. It’s worth the price of admission for the sail-sliding sequence alone!

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