Isidore is a servant in a small Portuguese town in the seaside arrives from who knows where a mysterious child, Malo, the young woman later discovered that he murdered his entire family. Together, they will kill the fiance of Isidore, then go to an island almost deserted. Isidore is taken prisoner by a multifaceted character, Toby, who is transformed by turns in all family members. Freed, the girl can become the mistress of the castle pirates and marry Toby. But when she finishes them, she finds Malo and winds through all three residents of the island, the child murderer, the maid and Toby who is a ghost. –cineressources.net
Chilean filmmaker Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly assaulted the preconceptions of film art, this frightfully prolific figure – he made over 100 films in 40 years – did not adhere to any one style of filmmaking. He worked in 35mm, 16mm and video, for theatrical release and for European TV, and on documentary and fiction features and shorts. His career began in avant-garde theatre where, between 1956 and 1962, he wrote over 100 plays. Although he never directed any of these productions, he did dabble in TV and filmmaking in the early 1960s. In 1968, with the release of his first completed feature, the Cassavetes-like Tres tristes tigres (1968… read more
Strangely beautiful and beautifully strange. City of Pirates, is Ruiz's most Ruizian masterpiece. Though I prefer Three Crowns of a Sailor it's criminal that Criterion hasn't given the lavish treatment to at least one Ruiz film.
A statement by Ruiz on his “last movie,” La noche de enfrente, and a moving article about Ruiz written by the film’s producer.
Memories of On Top of the Whale (1982), City of Pirates (1983) and others by Ruiz in our continuing tribute to the Chilean master.
Jorge Arriagada’s collaboration with Raúl Ruiz is one of cinema’s most fruitful, varied and extensive composer-director partnerships.