Simple and predictable pirate spectacle , ordinarily directed by a Spanish craftsman , Eugenio Martin
This Spanish/Italian/German co-production results to be a simple , plain and passable clean fun . Average swashbuckler with Hans Von Borsody as Alan Drake , a legendary pirate against an evil enemy called Brasseur , Carlos Casaravilla , and his bloody hoodlums . This classic story of romantic adventure by Eugenio Martin , filmed in Spain , comes to life enriched by Eastmancolor photography and adapted swiftly to the screen , being freely based on a story by Gianfranco Parolini and Giovanni Simonelli . Here's an entertaining pirate yarn with habitual characterizations and with some nice action . It begins in the Caribbe sea . There the a notorious pirate named Drake (Hans Von Borsody who provides youthful enthusiasm) aboard a ship and he sets sail for the seven seas . Then he is placed on the path of righteousness by his love for a beautiful young woman when her ship is attacked by a pirate and then Drake takes over the Spanish boat where meets a Spanish countess , Doña Isabella Valdez (Jane Clair) . As there takes place the Most Daring Adventure That Ever Swept Across the Seven Seas when the brave pirate meets up with his enemy on the high seas . Pirate Drake teaming up with a group of rebels but paying more attention to proper young lady , a gorgeous maid called Altagracia (Brigitte Corey) who frees from a slave market . Robert join forces a bunch of friends and makes them his crew , as his aides Blaine (Luis Induni), Puritano (Luis Sanchez Polack , ¨Tip¨) and a midget , among others . As a corsair captain and a crew of escaped pirates plundering for loot , revenge and righting wrings becomes his life . They are forced into piracy but ultimately earn pardon for their swashbuckling ways . As Drake and his crew sailing recklessly through dangerous waters , from the Caribbean islands along Atlantic Ocean today he still lives in hundreds of legends . Drake encounters dangerous situations while trying to retrieve his lover , freeing slaves ; and to avoid attacks over Maracaibo , where is the residence of the governor general (Carlo Tamberlani) and there lives the mysterious and beautiful Moira (Helga Line) . At the end takes place a huge pirate invasion on Maracaibo , carried out by Brasseur , attempting to destroy its fortress . The picture is set in Maracaibo and Isla Tortuga . In fact , Turtle Island was a popular homeport in which many of the crews turned pirate and used the city as their main base during the 17th century against the Spanish treasure fleets . Pirates from around the world congregated at Tortuga , coming from waters as far away as Madagascar.
Amusing pirate movie , plenty of action , thrills , colorful cinematography , regular miniature work , luxurious costumes , adequate score ; all meld together under Eugenio Martin 's right direction . Although the story has been told before , tight filmmaking and likable acting win out . Combination of overwhelming battle ships , sword-play and full of villainy , romance , swashbuckler and heroism . The picture is filled with usual Spanish secondaries who often use to appear in customary co-productions of the sixties as Spaghetti/Paella Western as well as Peplum , such as Helga Line , Luis Induni , Jose Manuel Martin , Frank Braña , Jose Maria Caffarel , Jose Marco , Barta Barri and Xan Das Bolas . Thrilling as well as evocative musical score by Miguel Asins Arbo . Atmospheric cinematography by Franco Izzarelli ; however , a perfect remastering being necessary . It was shot on location in Peñíscola, Castellón, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain .
The motion picture produced by the powerful Constantin Films , Epoca Films and Spanish Procusa was professionally directed by Eugenio Martin or Gene Martin . Martin is an expert on all kind of genres such as mystery , horror movies (Hypnosis, A candle for the devil , The fourth Mrs Anderson , Horror Express), Musical (The Girl from the Red Cabaret, Leandras) , Spaghetti or Paella Western (Requiem for a gringo , Pancho Villa , The ugly ones , Bad man's river) and adventures (Golden Goddess of Rio Beni, Captain from Toledo, Conqueror of Maracaibo) . Rating : 5,5 . Average but acceptable to see , well worth watching for pirate adventure buffs .
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