A extraordinary surreal and deeply poetic film, variously evoking the work of Buñuel, Cocteau, Hitchcock and Jodorowsky.
It offers a cinematic experience both lurid and overwrought, but also rich, complex and mysterious. Ruiz seems an under-appreciated genius and this may be his most singular creation.
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.
The soundtrack is dauntingly beautiful. Love the cinematography as well, and what a treat all those intertwined narratives are...really loved. Saw it twice, on the SILVER SCREEN! Both the opening and ending sequences, are to die for, and man oh man, he shot the whole film, in my homeland (Portugal!), and with my dear beloved (sadly deceased) Dr Bénard da Costa, Chairman of our awesome Portuguese Cinematheque.
Not merely dream-like, but literally a dream that was transposed to celluloid in the Year of Our Lord Don Sebastian. The best guide-book to living beautifully in a horrible world embodied by the giant perfumed feet of a moustachioed cad. Also, a warning / endorsement of séances, depending on how you take it.