The Black Pirate & Mystery of the Wax Museum

The Black Pirate (1926). United Artists/Photofest ©United Artists.

The Black Pirate, presented with live improvised soundtrack by pianist Roger Lippincott
(1926, dir. Albert Parker, 90 mins.)
This swashbuckling adventure stars the athletic Douglas Fairbanks Sr. as a brave buccaneer, and the lone survivor of a pirate attack that killed his father. In original action star fashion, The Pirate infiltrates the lair of the villainous high-seas marauders, capturing a merchant vessel and rescuing a damsel in distress. Filmed with the two-strip process, The Black Pirate was the first grand-scale epic shot entirely in Technicolor. 35 mm film print courtesy of the British Film Institute.

Mystery of the Wax Museum
(1933, dir. Michael Curtiz, 77 mins.)
The beauty of two-strip Technicolor yields sensual pastel tones perfect for the grand art deco settings and swanky costumes in this stylish horror classic with a fast-paced plot, laced with comic relief. Bodies are mysteriously disappearing all over town, and a new wax museum has just opened. Fay Wray (King Kong) stars as the intended victim of a mad wax sculptor obsessed by her resemblance to one of his prior creations. 35 mm film print, from the collection of George Eastman House.

Guest speaker: Anthony L'Abbate, Preservation Officer, George Eastman House, Rochester NY.

Co-presented by Indy Film Buffs, with support from the Myrtie Shumacker Lecture Fund.

Winter Nights 2012 is sponsored by Community Health Network.
Promotional support provided by Nuvo.

The Black Pirate & Mystery of the Wax Museum Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN