CITY OF PIRATES
(Villes des Pirates)
City of Pirates is a tedious ramble through disconnected images and bizarre inconsequentialities and inversions. However, two hours of random stream-of-consciousness non-sequitirs without any clear point as to why is a chair-squirming yawn that drives one up the wall. Occasionally, Ruizs images are striking paper boats being floated in a dead mans blood or the opening moments where Duarte De Almeida makes a ball to his bidding. Anne Alvaros languid central performance is far better than this vapid rubbish deserves.
Raul Ruizs other ventures into surrealism and fabulism include:- Life is a Dream (1985), episodes of the modernised tv series A TV Dante (1989-91), Dark at Noon (1993), The Secret Journey (1994), Three Lives and Only One Death (1996), the English-language Shattered Image (1998), Comedy of Innocence (2000), Love Torn in Dream (2000), A Place Among the Living (2003), That Day (2003), Days in the Country (2004), The Long Domain (2005), Love and Virtue (2008) and Nucingen House (2008). Though he was prolific, the majority of Ruizs films do not receive widespread releases, least of all in English-speaking countries.
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