The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and The American Cinematheque will screen “Captain Blood” (1935), the seminal film of the pirate-swashbuckler genre, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, July 22. The program, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, will explore the legacy of Hollywood pirate movies and recognize the film’s legendary Oscar®-winning Art Director Anton Grot.
Based on the novels by Rafael Sabatini, the Patrick O’Brian of his day, “Captain Blood” was a big-budget tentpole movie in 1935 and it launched Errol Flynn’s career at Warner Bros. Dr. Peter Blood (Flynn), a man unjustly convicted of treason, is exiled to Port Royal, sold into slavery and bought by the lovely Lady Arabella (de Havilland). He and fellow convicts manage to escape and take over a Spanish galleon, and the pirate “Captain Blood” is born. This adventure mixes an intriguing character drama with action on the high seas, all shot on stages and locations in Hollywood.
“All contemporary pirate movies originate from ‘Captain Blood,’” said Tom Walsh, co-chair of the ADG’s Film Society and ADG President. “It remains the signature film of the pirate-swashbuckler genre.”
A presentation of leading American illustrators who have all influenced the child-pirate within us, as well as behind the scenes images of the “Captain Blood” making will precede the screening. Also included will be clips from other film titles that were most influenced by this movie. “‘Captain Blood’ is a Hollywood classic and this is a rare opportunity to see a beautiful print on the big screen,” said Walsh. “The ultimate matinee movie, it is one that you can bring the whole family to for an adventure full of treasure and great fun! So bring your eyepatch, pegleg and favorite parrot for a program that is designed to be this summers ultimate pirate party!”
As a bonus, the Q&A will feature clips from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, and a panel of Jack Sparrow approved pirate experts who will discuss the design and fabrication of these complicated and exciting films. The panel, moderated by Walsh, includes Production Designer John Myhre ”Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011), Art Director John Dexter ”Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007), “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006), Art Director/Set Designer Bill Taliaferro ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003), “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006), “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007), Illustrator Nathan Schroeder ”Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006).
“As 2012 heralds the Guild’s 75th anniversary year, we have chosen this visually amazing film as our way of honoring the memory of some of our industry’s finest artisans and performers,” said Walsh. “The atmosphere at our screenings is very casual and the audience of film enthusiasts, students, and colleagues from the film industry bring their love of film to the Q & A, which creates an atmosphere for some lively and entertaining discussions.”
The 2012 ADG/American Cinematheque Screening Series schedule also includes “Just Imagine” (1930) honoring Stephen Goosson, and to be moderated by Production designer, John Muto on Sunday, August 19, at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
Representing the ADG are Guild President Thomas A. Walsh and Film Society Founder John Muto. Working with them are the American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. General admission: $11. American Cinematheque members: $7. Students/Seniors with valid ID: $9. All screenings start at 5:30 p.m. 24-hour information is available at 323-466-FILM (3456). For “Captain Blood” images: “Captain Blood“. For ticket information: American Cinematheque/ “Captain Blood”.