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Swashbucklers & Pirates

Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)

Directed by King Vidor. Cast: John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman, Roy D'Arcy. In France, in an age of light loves and lively scandals, the Marquis de Bardelys (Gilbert) casual womanizer and accomplished swashbuckler, is entranced by Roxalanne de Levedan. Against a background of knavery and intrigue, he sets out to woo and win her. Based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini. Special features,'Rediscovering John Gilbert / a documentary by Jeffrey Vance & Tony Maietta (30 min.) 91 min.

Braveheart (1995)

Directed by Mel Gibson. Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack. A sumptuously produced historical epic based upon the life of William Wallace (c. 1270-1305), a bold Scotsman who used the steel of his blade and the fire of his intellect to rally his countrymen to liberation in the 14th century. 103 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Captain Blood (1935)

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwell, Basil Rathbone, Ross Alexander, Guy Kibbee, Henry Stephenson, Robert Barrat, Hobart Cavanaugh. Dr. Peter Blood, a British surgeon, is arrested and wrongly condemned to slavery in the Caribbean for helping a rebel soldier in England, 1685. After spending some time as a slave, he escapes along with another ex-seaman, steals a ship and becomes a pirate who effectively steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini.

Captain Lightfoot (1955)

Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow, Kathleen Ryan, Finlay Currie. Michael Martin, a naive and impetuous young would-be rebel in 1815 Ireland, turns to robbery in his desire to support the cause against England. Now wanted by the British and forced into hiding, he crosses paths with the renowned rebel leader Captain Thunderbolt aka John Doherty, who takes him under his wing. Impressed with Michael's bravery, Thunderbolt makes him his second-in-command.

Fanfan la Tulipe (Italy | France, 1952)

Directed by Christian-Jaque. Cast: G•233;rard Philipe, Gina Lollobrigida, Marcel Herrand, Olivier Hussenot, Henri Rollan, Nerio Bernardi, Jean Marc Tennberg, Genevi•232;ve Page, Sylvie Pelayo, Lolita de Silva, Ir•232;ne Young, Georgette Anys, Hennery, Lucien Callamand, Gil Delamare, Jackie Blanchot, Joe Davray, Gerard Buhr, Georges Demas, Jean Par•233;d•232;s, No•235;l Roquevert, Jean Debucourt. Charming rogue Fanfan flits from one adventure to the other after evading marriage by joining the army in the midst of the Seven Years' War.

Gladiator (UK / USA, 2000)

Directed by Ridley Scott. Featuring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Richard Harris. In the year 180, after the death of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, Maximus, one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals is stripped of his rank and sold ito slavery, as Marcus's devious son, Commodus, ascends to the thrown.

Kidnapped! (1948)

Directed by William Beaudine. Cast: Cast: Roddy McDowall, Dan O'Herilhy, Sue England. From the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved action classic comes a story of duels and derring-do, of misterious mansions and mist-shrouded ships, of a stolen inheritance and secret plots - the story of David Balfour, a courageous young Scot Kidnapped by a cutthroat sea captain. Based on novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. 82 min. Credit and other information from Internet Movie Database

Monte Cristo (1922)

Directed by Emmett J. Flynn. Cast: John Gilbert, Estelle Taylor, Robert McKim. Gilbert is Admond Dantes, a sailer unjustly imprisoned for twenty years, time he spends acquiring education and finesse. Later the accidental heir to a vast fortune, Dantes reinvents himself as the Count of Monte Cristo, and wreaks revenge on those symbols of the decadent monarchy that wronged him. Based on a novel 'Comte de Monte-Cristo' by Alexandre Dumas. 107 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Prince of Foxes(1949)

Director, Henry King. Cast: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, Marina Berti, Everett Sloane, Katina Paxinou, Felix Aylmer. Cesare Borgia and his treacherous sister Lucrezia have plans to conquer central Italy. They send Andrea Zoppo, an accomplished commoner and Lucrezia's lover on a mission to take over Citta del Monte, ruled by Count Marc Antonio Verano. But he meets Camilla, the young wife of the count, and things change. 107 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Prisoner of Zenda (1922)

Directed by Rex Ingram. Cast: Ramon Novarro, Lewis Stone, Alice Terry, Barbara La Marr. A king is kidnapped and a look-alike Englishman is recruited to fill in for him. On his shoulders rests all hope of foiling a blackguard's plot to usurp the throne. Adventure, pageantry and royal intrigue are forged at sword point.This 1922 adaptation features some of the era's most luminous players. Based on the novel by Anthony Hope. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database