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The Black Pirate / The Alloy Orchestra

by The Staff on July 10, 2013


The Alloy Orchestra, acclaimed silent-film accompanists, return to MASS MoCA this weekend to add their joyful noise to a screening of Douglas Fairbanks’ Technicolor swashbuckler, The Black Pirate.

You read correctly: The still shown here may be in black-and-white, but The Black Pirate will be screened in the restored Technicolor version audiences saw in 1928. If you’ve never seen a Douglas Fairbanks film, you are in for a treat. He was the original movie action hero, dashing and athletic, and wildly popular. Here, Fairbanks becomes a pirate to avenge his father’s death; one of the highlights is a sequence in which he captures a warship (and subdues the crew) all by himself.

The Alloy Orchestra are one of the most celebrated film accompanists in the world, creating atmospheric scores for everything from Buster Keaton comedies to Josef von Sternberg gangster pictures.

The Black Pirate, with the Alloy Orchestra, will be presented Saturday (July 13) at 8:30 PM at MASS MoCA (87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.) in Courtyard C (if it doesn’t rain) or the Hunter Center (if it does). For more info, call (413) 662-2111.