Summer Classics: The Black Pirate (1926) at the Tampa Theatre
- Presented By: Tampa Theatre
- Dates: August 29, 2021
- Time: 3:00 PM
- 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
- Price: $10 - $13
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!