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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 9.5 seconds See more »
At the start of the movie is a shot of Trafalgar Square with Admiralty Arch in the foreground and Nelson's Column in the middle. The movie is about pirates during the reign of Charles II (1660-1685). Trafalgar Square was named after the famous sea-battle in 1805 in which he died. The Arch was erected by order of king Edward VII and completed in 1912. Part of the text on it is visible:
:VICTORIAE:REGINAE:CIVES:GRATISSIMI:MDCCCCX:)" See more »
I saw this film quite a few times growing up on independent TV stations. I didn't think it was anything too spectacular then, but hey, it was a pirate flick, and you can't go too wrong... right? Well, before the days of corporate run focus groups and test market screenings for films, the studio moguls, banking on what they believed would sell, would ride movie trends like the corporates do today. Back then Westerns and Pirate flicks were all the rage, and in 1961, hoping to revitalize a waning market, 20th Century Fox invested in this thing.
They must've done it on the cheap. Recycleing old studio props and sets, it looks like they cast bit part players in supporting roles. That and the cinematography is pretty bland, though not too far from b-movie standards at the time.
It's a market driven film. No standards or rules are being bent or pushed. There's a few social messages snuck in here and there, but nothing too shocking by contemporary American social standards.
There's nothing really innovative or impressive about this film, but it does offer two hours of pirate escapism. Take it for what it is.
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