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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Josh the Bookseller's rating of the film City of Pirates

    Cinema is actually magic & dreams & nightmares are all completely true & cameras can do shit your dumb eyeballs can't. Ruiz's film is like Leonora Carrington's novel 'The Stone Door': full of shifting identities, occult rituals, and images that shake the subconscious.

  2. Levi Miah's rating of the film City of Pirates

    One of the most visceral, dream-like experiences in cinema. You don't need to delve further than its magical images paired with its magical score to fully experience it, but there's plenty of allegorical material to pick apart for rewatching.

  3. Pango's rating of the film City of Pirates

    It was like diving into several surrealist canvases.

  4. Superfrog's rating of the film City of Pirates

    Past the weirdness point where I find it acceptable in spite of good cinematography. I am sure that t is a salient parallel with something, and I like the surrealism, but this completely fais to pull me in.

  5. Dimitris's rating of the film City of Pirates

    Maya Deren's nightmares would probably feel something like this. Defying explanation, the surrealist narrative of the film interchanges sexuality and death, reality and dreams, identity and memory. The masterful opening shot, where the camera tries to escape the sickly world of the film through an open window only to be forcefully shut back in, tells you everything you need to know about the intentions of Ruiz

  6. tintinmugshot's rating of the film City of Pirates

  7. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film City of Pirates

    Written and directed by Raoul Ruiz, this is a delight for fans of dream-like surrealism. Although not entirely cohesive, as is the way with dream fragments, the performances and strength of emotion help to make this a consistently engrossing experience.

  8. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film City of Pirates

    Come on! How has no one mentioned that this is an allegory on post Franco Spain? Including the 1981 coup d'etat... The cities of the North who give trouble, the decaying general at the end... San Sebastian! Watch the film with this in mind and you'll peel back another layer. Otherwise, it's like The Princess Bride took qualudes and ended up having a bad trip.

  9. Mario C.'s rating of the film City of Pirates

    Oniric, complex and almost inaccessible. A wealth of visual suggestions that could have filled 10 films, where the formal aspects displace the viewer even before the story. To be watched by getting overwhelmed.

  10. Jason's rating of the film City of Pirates

    While Ruiz had come to cinema very much the unschooled amateur, by the early 80s he had evolved into a master (though still essentially an amateur of decidedly modest means). The complicated Russian-doll stories he tells, often riven w/ split identities and dominated by opaque machinations, speak to the influence of Latin American literature. His visual style (utterly remarkable) begins to owe much to Welles.

  11. Paul Rot's rating of the film City of Pirates

  12. Sarah Pietsch's rating of the film City of Pirates

    Very beautiful (particularly at the start), very stylised, very strange.

  13. Fabiha's rating of the film City of Pirates

    "To be reincarnated is to have the honor of dying again. We promise to pursue our struggle in the triumph of death."

  14. Stevie's rating of the film City of Pirates

    Quickly realised when watching this schizophrenic masterpiece that whether or not it made sense didn't really matter. Incredible cinematography.

  15. letters never sent's rating of the film City of Pirates

    Outstanding. It resembles some of my complex and never-ending surreal and dizzying dreams and nightmares. I can see hints of Bunuel, and even Erice, etc.

  16. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film City of Pirates

    It reminds me of very early cinema, because it feels like every frame is an invention. It is the world through the eyes of a child.

  17. EYELASHMITE's rating of the film City of Pirates

  18. Cependant's rating of the film City of Pirates

    Sordide schizophrène mystique en bord de mer.

  19. wraithinlimbo's rating of the film City of Pirates

    A hypnotic nightmare that needs to be seen, rather than be talked about. Inexcplicably good.

  20. kartina obskura's rating of the film City of Pirates

  21. Andrea Derizio's rating of the film City of Pirates

    The surrealistic movies are not exempt from some intrinsic rules that are usually deemed mandatory only for the realistic movies: without them there can be neither fear nor pity, nor therefore catharsis. Here there is no trace of these rules: if were not for the superb direction and the nonsense poetry, it should not be considered an acceptable work.

  22. Francesco Tonelli's rating of the film City of Pirates

    A sweet nightmare that both pleases you and mangles you.

  23. ricovskij's rating of the film City of Pirates

    Visivamente, registicamente stupendo. Non ci ho capito un cazzo ma <3

  24. Adam Whybray's rating of the film City of Pirates

    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.

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