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the black pirate…

Went to the excellent Bo’ness festival of Silent Cinema…which screens in the magnificent 100 year old cinema the Hippodrome, in Bo’ness (the oldest purpose built cinema in Scotland)…

Saw The Black Pirate  from 1926 – each frame was hand coloured at the time it was made…and it featured a magnificently athletic Douglas Fairbanks…marvellous stuff…all this with a live musical accompaniment…next year if you can, you should all go too!

Above is my favourite scene…the pirates simulate underwater swimming while actually they are rather obviously suspected in mid air…surreal and beautiful…