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Pirates Are All The Rage? Okay! Let's Remake CAPTAIN BLOOD!

Beaks here...

I really, really like Philip Noyce, so I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt regarding his proposed remake of Michael Curtiz's classic CAPTAIN BLOOD. It's a great story, and there's no reason it can't be cleverly updated to take advantage of the current pirate craze. Still and all... how the hell are you gonna top Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone clanging steel on the beach while the luminous Olivia de Havilland pretends to not be thoroughly aroused? Curtiz was no auteur, but he knew how to slap together a rip-roaring, seafaring adventure; Noyce, on the other hand, excels when there's a political subtext to be teased out. I can see the righteous, revolutionary elements getting emphasized under Noyce's aegis (it's important to note that he hasn't committed to directing just yet), but CAPTAIN BLOOD can't sustain too much weight. It's a swashbuckler. It needs to... swashbuckle. John Brownlow has been hired to adapt the Rafael Sabatini novel. He previously wrote the uproarious SYLVIA. Consider this your excuse to catch up with CAPTAIN BLOOD if you've never seen it. Along with being one of the most entertaining films of the '30s, it's also noteworthy as Flynn's debut.

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  • Dec. 3, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    FUCK FUCK YOU KRISTIN STEWART YOU FUCKING!

    by caruso_stalker217

    You are no Captain Blood, Kristin Stewart! Not in my fucking book!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Okay...

    by caruso_stalker217

    So what is CAPTAIN BLOOD?

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    Damn it all!

    by BuckminsterOhare

    I want a Pirates of Dark Water movie!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Ok Caruso you're an idiot - thanks for that.

    by Aloy

    Try clicking on the underlined Captain Blood. ...and as for this remake I don't get how they can redo a classic from a different era and sell it either but who knows.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    the 'current pirate phase' is....

    by cineninja

    ...no longer current...hence the lackluster response to this thread...too little...too late.... just sayin

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Flynn. Noyce. No one does pirates like us Aussies!

    by The Grug

    No we just need Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman trading "Yargh!"s and blows and this'll be the pirate film to end all pirate films.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Aloy

    by caruso_stalker217

    No worries. I'm down with the Cap. The only reason I came in here was to cockblock any potential "first" posters.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Crowe and Jackman trading blows

    by caruso_stalker217

    Cuz pirates weren't gay enough before.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:14 a.m. CST

    dany glover's dickblood is a jerk!!!

    by BadMrWonka

    just kidding buddy, I just wanted to get you riled up. you spend way too much time on AICN, after all....

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    as long as they don't hire

    by Johnny T Williams

    Hans Zimmer and his clone army to write the music i'll give this remake a chance

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Sure, give it a shot

    by Frisco

    The original is freakin' amazing, and if it could somehow inspire a team to make a solid adventure with derring-do then what the hoo.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST

    No ninja love ?

    by kingoflight

    yeah you heard me

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Captain Blood showing

    by Series7

    Today, Wednesday the 3rd on TCM around 5 pm depending on where you live. Set them DVTivo. If anyone wants to see it.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Ahhhh Philip Noyce of Sliver fame

    by Series7

    That's a good movie....right?

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST

    No fluffy pirates

    by malcolm_mccallum

    We still haven't had a good pirate flic. For all the fun of Pirates of Disney, the pirates never actually did anything the least bit villainous. It was corporate englishmen that we saw as being evil and immoral. Pirates are seen instead as freedom fighters with cool costumes. This is a bit problematic because Captain Blood starts off showing pirates, again, as freedom fighters. They are escaped slaves trying to get their own back against the evil english crown. But, if I recall correctly, that is where the trouble starts - they start to drift toward real piracy, including sinking merchant ships and killing people (you know, piratey stuff). I have little faith in anything within half a world of Hollywood dealing with the issue of piracy with any intelligence.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    They can't come up with a new pirate movie?

    by Xiphos_2

    Or adapt a true story and change the names or something. I guess since the movie is over seventy three years old they figured what the fuck, let's just reimage the movie with metrosexuals and a NuMetal/Emo sound track.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    they are finally raping my dad's childhood

    by bacci40

    i cant wait to tell him...he isnt depressed enough already

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Pirates of Dark Water

    by MediaNerd

    Big props for mentioning that animated jem, one of the best Sat morning cartoons that came out before SMC ceased to exist!<br><br>The problem with a remake of Cpt. Blood is that all the hollywood pirate films have followed the same story line. It could be said that POTC was a Cpt Blood sequel, with many familiar elements, so a remake now will seem like a scene stealer from POTC for most viewers. They need to get a lil' creative to make a swashbuckler work. Princess Bride is one of my favorites and it took those genre cliches and packaged the just askew enough to be fresh.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Current Pirate craze?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Yeah, because after POTC there were MILLIONS of pirate movies made and every single one of them turned out to be successful!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Know why 'Captain Blood' was made into a film the first time?

    by James Westfall

    So that Noyce wouldn't have to make it later. Seriously, end the fucking remakes...

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Y'know how you gonna top Flynn and Rathbone?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Cast their roles with Gary Busey and Nick Nolte!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    What happened to Stuart Gordon's pirate movie?

    by DerLanghaarige

    He promised us a while ago a "real" pirate movie, with lots of gore and rape.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Pirates are not cool. Look off the coast of Somalia.

    by thebearovingian

    So, in conclusion, good headline.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Screw Pirates!

    by killianx

    Give me Horatio Hornblower!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Cutthroat Island

    by Mr Gorilla

    I'd rather watch it than Pirates of the Caribbean any day of the week.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST

    series7

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Noyce also made Dead Calm, Clear and Present Danger, The Quiet American and Rabbit Proof Fence. All great films, check them out.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Fuck you, Pirates!

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Fuck you and your skull and crossbone mentality. I can navigate the internet, have an iPod and I live in a warm house. Your time is passed. Fuck you in your eyepatches.<p>I don't like pirates. They piss me off.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Russell Brand as Captain Jack's bro. Make it happen

    by Han Cholo

    Since I first posted the idea it seems Hollywood has listened. Seriously. They would have a winner here if they put him, Depp, Rush, and even Keith Richards in the same scene. Pirates 4 could be a dope film. Hopefully it happens soon.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 3:58 a.m. CST

    "Gout...is gold"

    by Dingbatty

    Doughy bearded guys dressed as Jack Sparrow have replaced doughy bearded guys dressed as Gary Oldman's version of Dracula.<p>How about a live-action adaptation of Sid Meier's Pirates! DOS version. Takes a a bajillion years to get anywhere.<p>Or the Monkey Island series -- oh, wait, POTC already ripped those off.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 4 a.m. CST

    At Least AICN

    by SnakesOnABicycle

    makes you wanna watch movies. I'll 'em that. (as retarded as it sounds) They're pro movies. Quint's A Movie A Day, Harry's drooling... This site does what CHUD and scores of others fail to do - and that's wet the appetite.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    should be "I'll **give** 'em that"

    by SnakesOnABicycle

    ... so why can't the give us a fucking edit post feature? Harry you suck.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    I have an idea. How about... Cavemen Pirates.

    by ricarleite

    You don't have to answer now, just wait for it.

  • I don't have much of a problem with them making a new Captain Blood pirate movie - I mean it's not like it would resemble the Flynn version in the slighted. I remember reading that Ridley Scott was vaguely considering remaking it a few years back.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 4:14 a.m. CST

    ch Videogame

    by PaulSC

    This headline limit is annoying

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Get Kevin Reynolds.

    by Knuckleduster

    The Count of Monte Cristo was awesome.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Remake THE MAGIC SWORD instead

    by RedEaglez

    ...now that would be a classic!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Where's the Yellowbeard remake??

    by Drath

    Well?

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    "Curtiz was no auteur..."

    by Big Dumb Ape

    What the hell?! Curtiz was a fantastic director and deserves a lot of respect for his body of work. The guy made a long line of certifiable 4 star classics which included Captain Blood, Charge of the Light Brigade... THE greatest adventure movie of all time, the Errol Flynn version of The Adventures of Robin Hood... Four Daughters, Angels with Dirty Faces, Dodge City, The Sea Hawk, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Passage to Marseille, Mildred Pierce, Night and Day and many others.<p>Plus, as IMDB notes he directed 10 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Paul Muni, John Garfield, James Cagney, Walter Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Eve Arden and William Powell.<P>Oh yeah, and he was nominated for the Best Directing Oscar 4 times and won for Casablanca. Sorry to rant, but Curtiz has always been one of my favorite directors of old. And no matter what, he deserves a special pedestal for pairing up with Flynn to create three of the ALL-TIME greatest swashbucklers ever: Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Old News

    by Gungan Slayer

    This Captain Blood remake news actually appeared some months ago. That being said, the Curtiz version was actually a remake itself, like many films from the 1930s it was a remake of a silent film, from 1924 if memory serves me correct. With the success of Disney's Pirates you would have thought more studios would have had tons of pirate projects lined up to go. I remember reading a year or two ago that MGM was prepping a "Blackbeard" film. Anyone got any news on that?

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Please God...

    by Dead_Geek

    ... Send a 12.9 Earthquake to California and send it into the sea. Please stop them shitting in our mouths with remake, after remake.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Let me guess, it will be "updated" with Depp and magic?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Because the tool is popular with 13 year old girls, and magic "worked so well" in that Pirates of the Caribbean trash, right? <p> If those drooling moronic kiddies watched Polanski's "Pirates" or "The Black Swan", they'd probably moan "It's boring! There were no monsters at all! I want real pirates, with flying ships and cool monsters, and ninja fights!"...

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    This was mooted in the 90s

    by chuffsterUK

    With Arnie in the lead role.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 6:39 a.m. CST

    FUCK THIS!!

    by Mr. Marvel

    Wheres my Monkey Island movie?!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Why not?!?!?

    by j2talk

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Won't the "pirates craze" be long over by the time...

    by FlickaPoo

    ..this comes out? This always confuses me...they wait for the third or fourth sequel of a franchise and then jump on the bandwagon...of course by then the world has moved on to Gay Cowboys or Letter Opener Wielding French Maids or something...

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Twunts!

    by seppukudkurosawa

    This was Errol Flynn's breakthrough role. And I'm telling you, if you rake the whole planet with a fine-tooth comb, you'll still never find a guy like him again. You'll only emphasize the lack of star power our current A-listers have and end up looking kinda po-faced. I like the idea of new pirate movies as much as anyone...but fucking with Flynn just doesn't [pug]wash, matey!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    " Curtiz was no auteur"

    by Vote Fa Stokes Brutha

    THANK YOU Big Dumb Ape. I would argue that Curtiz was one of the FIRST auteurs. You can pop in one of his WB films and immediately notice his signature touch, from the way he frames wides and cuts between scenes, to that ICONIC shadow-play lighting he uses in Robin Hood, Sea Hawk, and Casablanca. The dude is a legend! That said, Captain Blood is one of my less favorite Curtiz movies. It's a fun ride, but pales in comparison to the glory that is THE SEA HAWK. There are so many great pirates tales out there, why remake this movie? It's not name recognition, that's for sure... Why not just give Peter Wier six hundred billion dollars to give us another Master & Commander film?!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Curtiz wasn't an Arteur?? Beaks, are you mildly retarded??

    by moondoggy2u

    The man directed Casablanca! Look, the guy could have done no other film in his career, absolutely nothing, and he would still be in contention for "Greatest Director Ever" solely because of Casablanca.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    And apparently, I'm no speller. Arteur?? AUTEUR!!!

    by moondoggy2u

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Yeah!

    by Vote Fa Stokes Brutha

    Let's kill Beaks, and eat 'im. Seriously, though, would the recent spiked media coverage of actual pirate activity hurt or help another pirate film's box office? I have a morbid suspicion it would help.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Soap-box continued and shout out to APE and BRUTHA

    by moondoggy2u

    Nice to see you two picked up on that sentence, too. I mean, really, that statement is about as asenine as any I've seen from Beaks.<p>I'll grant you, some of his work is more in the vein of popcorn high-epic rather then high-art fodder, but Casablanca stands as pretty much embraced as the perfect movie by many, many, MANY critics and audiences around the world.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    They should make Dick Blood: The Movie

    by skycrapper

    Staring Danny Glover of coarse

  • That's really the only thing remakes are good for these days...Getting the studios to release the original versions onto DVD/Blu-Ray or re-release them in a spiffier version.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Errol Flynn fucking rules and always will

    by SpyGuy

    So say we all?

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:54 a.m. CST

    so say we all

    by moondoggy2u

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I cannot stress this enough....

    by moondoggy2u

    The man directed Casablanca. <p>Nuff said. No matter what Beaks or anyone else says as a rebuttle, all we have to say is, "The man directed 'Casablanca.'"<p>Nuff said.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Flynn

    by Vote Fa Stokes Brutha

    I really had trouble enjoying Flynn's performance in Captain Blood. He's just a little too self-righteous and postured. He's much better in The Sea Hawk and Dodge City, where he USES his pompousness to his advantage. Casting Peter Blood, though? Hmm... My first pick for everything is Eric Bana. How did Clive Owen do as Walter Raleigh in Elizabeth 2? I didn't see it.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    CAPTAIN BLOOD is okay...

    by Mosquito March

    ...but THE SEA HAWK kicks its ass.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Caprain Blood has already been "cleverly updated"

    by Neosamurai85

    It's called Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Seriously, it's Captain Blood with zombies.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    It's embarrassing to get caught swashing your buckle

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    I think the current events over there in the Indian Ocean are a reminder that pirates were NEVER fun.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Here is an idea for all Hollywood hacks!

    by Slippy

    How about Captain Morgan. It already has a market (like Pirates of the Caribbean) and it's better than any of the shit Hollywood is planning to put out.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    whatevah lets remake CAPTAIN RON!

    by deSambor

    yarg

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Hollywood: Where imagination dies

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    This is my new slogan which I will include in every talkback I see about a remake. Erroll Flynn is the man. When you think Robin Hood who do you think of? Costner? Connery? A fox from a Disney cartoon? No, you think Flynn.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    And Caruso my brother

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    you need to get yourself and education. Add this to your to be seen list my friend.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    So Master & Commander doesn't count as pirates?

    by Vote Fa Stokes Brutha

    I suppose it shouldn't, but if we're going to do a pirate sequel/remake/reboot/redux/reimagining, why not just give us more Wier/Crowe/Bettany JACK AUBRY adventures? I always thought The Far Side of the World had a healthy following... AM I ALONE?

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Captain Ron remake!!!

    by moondoggy2u

    "Don't go near them guerillas, boss! And watch out for the pirates of the Caribbean, too!"

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Why doesn't Master & Commander count as pirates?

    by moondoggy2u

    Didn't they spend the entire film chasing after pirates?

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    best guy for a pirate movie?

    by malcolm_mccallum

    Guy Ritchie. A pirate crew with all the over-the-top characters, all throughly evil, all thoroughly untrustworthy, all with Guy Ritchies sense of macabre fun good be delightful.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    RE: M n' C

    by Vote Fa Stokes Brutha

    They were chasing after the French... Neither side was necessarily scuttling to the point of piracy. That's one of the great things about the film- It uses the Napoleonic Wars to pit smarts against each other rather than good and evil.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    It Could Definitely Be Updated

    by DKT

    I read the book -- the original really only handles about 1/4 of that and left out some of the darker stuff (though not dark by our standards). Still, it's a hell of a read and an update could be incredibly fun.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I'm okay with this remake. But...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...the problem remains: how the frack do you top, as Beaks said, Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone? It's an impossible casting job. I could see maybe Gerard Butler as Captain Blood dueling with Alan Rickman in the Rathbone role. But this isn't dark and heavy material suited for Noyce, who's a good director; it's lightweight cotton candy stuff, basically the first Pirates of the Caribbean crossed with Raiders of the Lost Ark. The original though is far enough in the past where re-making this is not objectionable.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    What Big Dumb Ape said.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    You guys pretty much covered what I wanted to scream when I read Beaks insane quote about Curtiz not being an auteur. He was only one of greatest stylists to ever use black & white cinematography. His shadow sequences are amazing; even Speilberg has borrowed that. He understood more than anybody how to use contrast in black & white. Beaks is taking over for Moriarity; ugh---

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Worth watching the original

    by zinc_chameleon

    For set design and lighting alone. German abstract expressionism was all the artistic rage back then, and Curtiz borrowed his lighting design from 'Metropolis'. The use of shadows in the interrogation scene is as good or better than much of today's CGI for creating an ominous mood. And Errol Flynn did all his own sword fighting. Who can do that today, and still be charming?

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!!

    by Leafar the Lost

    I would vote no on a Captain Blood remake, because it would be unfavorly compared to "Pirates" and after watching it 100 times on DVD I am sick of it. Also, when will Dinsey's "Space Mountain" be green lighted?

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    PIRATE MOVIES BORE THE SHIT OTTA ME

    by uberman

    I barely made it through POTC II and based on that torture, I never even tried III. I've seen a fair share of pirate movies and all are tedious, predictable and booring. Master and Commander was entertaining but is not really a 'pirate' movie. Hell, even Disneys BLACKBEARDS GHOST bored me as a kid. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    it will have to be TEEEEEEN Captain Blood

    by kabong

    when Blood was at medical school and he joined the fencing team and there was a hot chick . . . <P> Duh duh duh . . . <P> Semd me a check, Hollyweird.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Based on a special feature on the LOTR: Extended Editions

    by seppukudkurosawa

    The only man who'd content me in the Captain Blood role is Viggo Mortensen. The guy who choreographed the fights for one of the Flynn movies (I forget which), said that Viggo almost compared to the Tasmanian Devil himself!<p> You know what I'd REALLY like to see, though? A movie adaptation of Flynn's autobiography, My Wicked, Wicked Ways. Note to studio execs reading this: contact Harry for my address- I want my finder's fee!!!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    My Wicked, Wicked Ways was already done as a made for TV movie with Duncan Regehr (The Monster Squad's Dracula) as Flynn. It wasn't bad as TV biopics go.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    BLACKBEARD kicks ass

    by thegreatwhatzit

    I won't even address a CAPTAIN BLOOD remake, the original is inherently timeless as a result of a passionate filmmaker and a cast that simply can't be duplicated (I'm sure Jessica Alba and/or Kate Hudson will be tapped for the De Havilland role. They're movies lay ostrich eggs at the boxoffice but never mind. Then there's Owen Wilson or some other dick schilling himself for the Flynn role). Check out BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE (1952), it's mind boggling. Robert Newton eats the scenery ("Aaaarrrggghhhh, the treature is in Pan-a-mar, aaarrrrrrrhhhhggg"). torrid Linda Darnell radiates heat in her low-cut ensembles (lots of double entendres in this film, the censors were asleep at the switch: Bluebeard refers to Ms. Darnell as "Little Robin Red Breasts")...and plenty of (pre-Hammer) beheadings. Blackbeard's crew are ethnically European--but, somehow, his first mate is William Bendix, who wields a distinct Brooklyn accent. Light-up as fatty and roll.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Knuckleduster

    by mrbeaks

    Yes. Get Kevin Reynolds. If he can be persuaded to keep the running time to a manageable length, he'd be perfect.<br><br>And, c'mon people! Saying Curtiz was "no auteur" isn't an insult. It's an acknowledgment that he was a workman first and foremost: his style was absolutely *not* identifiable from film to film, and he did not revisit and rework the same themes throughout his career (that I know of; if you can convincingly argue otherwise there's probably a book deal in it). Were there certain expressionistic flourishes that turned up more than once? Unquestionably. But if you were living during the time, you wouldn't have gone from FOUR DAUGHTERS to ROBIN HOOD and exclaimed, "Ah, the Curtiz touch!" That's the point I was making - right before I said no one could pace a story better. Want proof? The man made CASABLANCA!

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I agree with beaks

    by Bloo

    Curtiz and Wise were like the anti-auturs, men who worked in every imaginable genre fitting their style to the story not forcing the story to fit their style. Good solid pictures with great performances that still hold up today. It's not an insult.<P>that said, I don't personally buy into the entire Auter theory, a director (even if he writes the script) does not alone make a movie. Credit has to be given to the cinemtopgrapher, the production designers, the lighting crew, the sound deptartment, the editors, the writer(s), everything

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Bloo

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    I agree on all points.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Another agreement from here with Bloo.

    by Orbots Commander

    The auteur theory for directors is kind of bullshit, even for writer-directors, considering the army of people required to make most movies, including such important folk as cinematographers, editors and let's not forget the actors.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    I've been waiting for this

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Loved Capt Blood when I was a kid and it doesn't surprise me that they are remaking this. I could be great, it could suck - at least its not another 80's remake/adaptation. Just keep the sci/fi element out of it ala Pirates of the C. Just old fashioned swashbuckling please. And no Geena Davis.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Tortuga!

    by NoHubris

    We'll get to see it again. Always a cool place to visit in a pirate movie.

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Master and Commander II

    by picardsucks

  • Dec. 3, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    CARTAIN BLOOD remake - 90's

    by Munro Kelly

    Does anyone remember talk of a remake, in the early 90's. It was a reteam of Alec Baldwin starring and John Mctiernan directing. My memory could be slightly off, it was CAPTAIN BLOOD orTHE SEA HAWK. I would have loved to have seen their version.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Overrated and Underappreciated

    by MrMajestic

    Well I can see people are blasting Philip Noyce pretty heavily but I gotta say that I'll defend him forever if only for one of my personal faves, Blind Fury. A remake of a classic japanese serial starring a Dutch actor and I still enjoy the heck out of it. On the other hand I'm getting sick and tired of all the blandishments lain on Peter Weir and M&C. That movie was terrible, an uninvolving cast of bland characters, a boring semi-villain and Weir's signature lack of rhythm. He has such a lack of flow in his movies that it always distances me from them. The only exception is Witness, however that movie also has a broken rhythm but it's okay since it fits the narrative.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    MrMajestic

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    You must have seen the Earth 2 version of Master and Commander.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Naaw I have the same problem with...

    by MrMajestic

    some people over Kingdom of Heaven where everyone seems to have watched a different movie than me. I saw it at the theater and thought it was a huge abortion. Then saw the extended cut 'cuz everyone was fellating Ridley over it and badmouthing the evil execs that butchered his masterpiece. Well the extended cut sucked less but the script still blew and Orlando was just as wooden in it. I also hated the fact that Ridley has turned into Tony now whenever an action scene is in. I mean does he let his ADD-riddled brother edit all his fight scenes now? BTW Blade Runner, Legend and Black Hawk Down are still some of the best ever.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Idiot me

    by MrMajestic

    I forgot to mention The Duellists and Alien in there for true Ridley Scott classics. Damn I love The Duellists, now that's a good movie set in the Napoleonic era unlike M&C.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    MrMajestic

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    My problem with The Duellists is Harvey Keitel. For me, he's one of those actors whose presence is hopeless contemporary. Put him in in gritty, urban setting and I buy him. Put a period costume on him ( The Last Temptation of Christ or The Duellists) and he sticks out like a sore thumb.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    MrMajestic

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    My problem with The Duellists is Harvey Keitel. For me, he's one of those actors whose presence is hopeless contemporary. Put him in in gritty, urban setting and I buy him. Put a period costume on him ( The Last Temptation of Christ or The Duellists) and he sticks out like a sore thumb.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Ottoor

    by Vote Fa Stokes Brutha

    "Unquestionably. But if you were living during the time, you wouldn't have gone from FOUR DAUGHTERS to ROBIN HOOD and exclaimed, "Ah, the Curtiz touch!"" Of course, because the theory didn't exist and film authorship wasn't NEARLY as mainstream an idea as it is now. Saying Curtiz IS an auteur is NOT the same as saying AUTEUR THEORY IS TRUE AND RIGHT AND BRILLIANT. I think the auteur theory is inherently flawed, but it does have merit... and Curtiz did have a strong enough presence in his directorial decision making for his films to stand out from others, as well as to be consistently grouped together.