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Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler

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Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an F

Video can suffer the worst kind of recycling. Take Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler, a decade-old, 50-minute-long, maudlin documentary on the unrepentant alcoholic and general gadabout, the only screen legend to come from Tasmania. People (John Huston, David Niven, Ralph Bellamy) who are now dead reminisce here about a dead man. This is hardly fresh stuff. The ill-chosen and sloppily edited film clips from such swashbucklers as Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood are terribly faded. References to Flynn’s bisexuality are dismissed as ”impossible” by Beverly Aadland, who once made headlines as his 15-year-old lover. You could gag on the hagiography. F

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