regia di Edgar Ulmer e Giuseppe Maria Scotese
musiche di Nino Rota
Taranto, Puglia, e
Louis Hayward plays Count Amalfi, who Masquerades as Captain Sirroco the leader of the titular Pirates of Capri.
Under his aristocratic guise he also functions, within the story, as
the chief advisor to the Queen of Naples. His political rival (and his
brother’s murderer) is the Minister of Police, Baron Holstein. Set in
1799, the film concerns the inevitable ambiguity of role playing within a
popular revolution and the inevitability of the compromises that
result. Given access to the greater resources available to him in
Italy, Edgar Ulmer was able to produce his most visually elegant film.
While the story may recall popular Hollywood swashbucklers like the Mark of Zorro and the Scarlet Pimpernel, Ulmer’s artistry and understanding of history carries it fair beyond those more prosaic models.