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Noroît (1976)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 28 February 1992 (USA)
On an island beach a woman vows to avenge her brother's death at the hands of a pirate leader. With help, the woman spies on the pirates and then gets a job as bodyguard to the pirate leader.

Director:

Jacques Rivette

Writers:

Eduardo de Gregorio (scenario), Marilù Parolini (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Geraldine Chaplin ... Morag
Bernadette Lafont ... Giulia
Kika Markham ... Erika
Humbert Balsan Humbert Balsan ... Jacob
Larrio Ekson Larrio Ekson ... Ludovico
Anne-Marie Reynaud Anne-Marie Reynaud ... Arno
Babette Lamy Babette Lamy ... Regine
Danièle Rosencranz Danièle Rosencranz ... Celia
Élisabeth Lafont Élisabeth Lafont ... Elisa (as Elisabeth Medveczky)
Carole Laurenty Carole Laurenty ... Charlotte
Anne-Marie Fijal Anne-Marie Fijal ... Fiao
Marie-Christine Moureau-Meynard Marie-Christine Moureau-Meynard ... Tony (as Marie-Christine Meynard)
Anne Bedou Anne Bedou ... Romain
Georges Gatecloud Georges Gatecloud ... Tugoual, frère d'Arno
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On an island beach a woman vows to avenge her brother's death at the hands of a pirate leader. With help, the woman spies on the pirates and then gets a job as bodyguard to the pirate leader.

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A Post-Modern Pirates of the Caribbean!
26 February 2004 | by david melvilleSee all my reviews

How wondrously weird a concoction this is! A swashbuckling, all-woman pirate melodrama in 70s Jacobean drag. (OK, we see a few men round the edges, but their role is purely decorative - like Olivia de Havilland in an old Errol Flynn movie.) It's been adapted very freely from Cyril Tourneur's play The Revenger's Tragedy, so the soundtrack shifts from French into English for the more lyrical bits of verse. Music is provided by an on-screen chamber orchestra, fiddling away in a corner of a dank Breton castle.

"No," you decide every five minutes or so. "It cannot possibly get any more bizarre than this!" Lo and behold, it promptly does. Bernadette Laffont makes a splendidly wicked Pirate Queen, in the cross-dressing tradition of Joan Crawford in Johhny Guitar or Barbara Stanwyck in Forty Guns. The normally fragile and tremulous Geraldine Chaplin makes a suprisingly ruthless, full-blooded avenger. She must have the most wonderfully long, sinuous hands of any screen performer since Max Schreck in Nosferatu.

An unmissable treat for anyone who has a weak spot for truly deranged cinema, Noroit is widely unavailable these days. Like its companion piece Duelle, it's part of a four-part series that director Jacques Rivette was never able to complete. A great shame! I find both these films utterly compulsive and hypnotic, while much of Rivette's later work is tediously dry and academic. Even in the most dismal of worn-out video copies, taped off some obscure German cable channel at 4 AM, Noroit and Duelle are worth seeking out.


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