“CAPTAIN BLOOD” (1935) Screening Salutes the Genre of Pirate Swashbuckler Movies

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Art Directors Guild Film Society and The American Cinematheque Sponsor Screening and Special Panel Sunday, July 22, 5:30 p.m. Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

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"Captain Blood" (1935)

“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.”

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"


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About the Art Directors Guild:
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, and Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers. Established in 1937, ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society; an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D: The Future of Immersive Design) and Membership Directory; a bimonthly professional magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, creative workshops and craft and art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource:
Art Directors Guild; Follow ADG on Twitter: @ADG800; For Facebook: Facebook.

About American Cinematheque:
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501(c)(3) non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005, the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. For more information about American Cinematheque, visit the website: American Cinematheque. Follow the American Cinematheque on Twitter (@sidgrauman) and Facebook (Egyptian Theatre, Aero Theatre).

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