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229 Ratings

The Pirate

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
United States, 1948
Adventure, Comedy, Musical


Manuela dreams of the notorious pirate Macoco, but has been promised to the local mayor Don Pedro. The arrival in their Caribbean village of travelling player Serafin upsets all the plans…

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The Pirate Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1949 | Nominee: Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

Vincente Minnelli’s famous musicals—among them Meet Me In St. Louis and An American In Paris—tend to eclipse his 1948 Technicolor flop The Pirate, one of his richest and strangest works. One of his kinkiest, too. Minnelli himself considered it a surrealist film… The theme of fantasy-as-agency fits an aesthete like Minnelli, but it remains a challenging idea. When Serafin plays the role of Macoco, Manuela, as the audience, has the reins.
April 07, 2017
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It represents the Hollywood studio system at its giddy, most imaginative best… THE PIRATE is a testament to the life-changing power of art.
March 31, 2017
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Kelly’s inimitable mix of musical-theater corniness and pelvic physicality finds its ideal screen partner in Judy Garland, whose earnest avidity often stopped just short of alarming, but here seems the very least that’s appropriate… On proscenium stages, in costume-closet silks with no credible real-world antecedent, the two stage a pageant of G-rated thirst that ascends to a fever pitch of hysteria and hilarity.
September 14, 2016
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