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City of Pirates (1983)

La ville des pirates (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | December 1989 (USA)
A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island and encounters a man with multiple personalities.

Director:

Raoul Ruiz

Writer:

Raoul Ruiz
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Cast overview:
Hugues Quester ... Toby
Anne Alvaro Anne Alvaro ... Isidore
Melvil Poupaud ... Malo, the boy
André Engel André Engel ... The fisherman
João Bénard da Costa João Bénard da Costa ... The father (as Duarte de Almeida)
Clarisse Dole Clarisse Dole ... The mother
André Gomes André Gomes ... The policeman
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A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island and encounters a man with multiple personalities.

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Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

French

Release Date:

December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade Dos Piratas See more »

Filming Locations:

Baleal, Peniche, Portugal See more »

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Mono
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Film debut of Melvil Poupaud. See more »

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Featured in Visions: Screen Pioneers No:3 Raul Ruiz (1985) See more »

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Sheer visual brilliance
6 February 2004 | by heyvaleraSee all my reviews

Having just finished watching this movie for the third time on a recently released in France DVD, I feel an obligation to recommend this movie wholeheartedly and unreservedly to any movie buff. The sheer visual brilliance of this oeuvre will retain your imagination for many days to come, let alone the mesmerizing and murderous child who eats nothing but garlic. Granted, the movie's plotline is very uneven - but then Mr. Ruiz was writing the next installment of the script the day before shooting it. Two crews were working on this film: one filming the actors and another one patiently waiting for the appropriate view of the island and the sea. An artist was employed to paint on a glass through which the sea was shot (all this information is narrated by Mr. Ruiz himself in a bonus interview on the DVD). The camera work is characteristically virtouso, with elaborate long shots that defy all laws of possibility and very impressive editing.


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