Yes, dear readers, it is time for me to once again regale you with stories of adventures, swashbuckling, and high seas.
Ha ha, nooo, it’s not just another night in my house.
I’m talking about PIRATES!!
Why come I speaking of pirates, you ask? Why, because I’m taking a class on them as we speak. Well, as I speak. Not really. I’m not typing this in class. It’s much too interesting for that kind of nonsense. And not those boring, modern day pirates either. I’m talking of the time when Sir Francis Drake terrorized the Spanish, when Blackbeard roamed the seas, when most of the Caribbean was subject to unruliness and anarchy.
Was that sappy enough? Good.
And because of this class, I have seen a couple of movies that I wish to recommend!
The first being Captain Blood.
Unlike most of my movie reviews, I’m not going to go to any great lengths to commentate on it or give an incredible detailed summary, but you probably don’t mind that.
Captain Blood is is the 1935 adaptation of some famous Italis guy’s novel of the same name, and the first movie to star Errol Flynn, a dashingly handsome man, if I do say so myself. Honestly, I probably should have been born rich in the 1900’s, because every other classic actor is, like, the hottest thing since the last man I said was hot.
Anyway, he plays Peter Blood, a physician who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up being enslaved on a sugar plantation in the West Indies. While there, he meets a lovely young woman named Arabella Bishop, played by Olivia de Havilland, who had also never starred in anything previously.
Blood and his crew of rebels escape the plantation and become pirates, jovially sailing along the deep blue sea, eventually meeting a French pirate Lavasseur, played by the amazing Basil Rathbone.
Now, if y’all have never heard of Basil Rathbone, shame on you. Most significantly, Basil Rathbone played one of the best Sherlock Holmeses of. all. time. And that is a fact. He plays kind of a bit part here, but still. His aquiline nose, his angular features, his acting *swoon*
*ahem* Anyway, he’s a bag guy, Blood defeats him in defense of Arabella, blah blah blah. They sail off to Port Royal in a noble gesture of something, and then find out they’ve been pardoned by the new king, whom they like much better than the old one, and so go to Port Royal’s defense from the French, who the English are now at war with because reasons.
Blood and Arabella get married, and it’s happily ever after. 🙂 It’s a great movie, if you’re into the black and white scene (which I most obviously am) and I super recommend checking it out.
The second movie I recommend from this class is The Crimson Pirate.
This 1952 romp is full of action, acrobatics, and just good clean fun. Sadly, I was not allowed the pleasure of viewing the whole movie, but from what I saw, I definitely say “Check it out!” Here’s what IMDb says about it:
“Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure involving prison breaks, an oddball Scientist, sailing ships, naval fights, and tons of swordplay.”
Nothing much of substance, but man was it fun to watch.
So those are the two movies I recommend. I’d also like to say that I’m just having a darn good time in this class, and I wish it wasn’t just for the month of January. My school has the thing called “J-Term” or “Interim” depending on where you go, and so we get an extra little fun class during January. Wheee! And I’m taking a class on pirates and finishing out my history minor! BE JEALOUS, readers! Ho ho ho!
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum, me hearties! Here’s to pirates, of fiction and of reality!