1926. USA. James Cruze. 109 min.
With piano accompaniment by Ben Model
Saturday, November 29, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1926. USA. Directed by James Cruze. With George Bancroft, Wallace Beery, Charles Farrell, Esther Ralston. Originally presented in a startling widescreen format, this historical epic was big-budget, state-of-the-art entertainment upon its release. Mixing adventure, romance, and comedy, Old Ironsides tells the tale of the famed frigate USS Constitution battling pirates off the coast of North Africa in 1803. Madalena's poster design emphasizes the film's machismo; against a flaming red sky, the craggy, disembodied heads of Bancroft and Beery float above silhouetted ships on the high seas. Silent. 109 min.