Sunday, May 21, 2017

I pirati di Capri

regia di Edgar Ulmer e Giuseppe Maria Scotese 
musiche di Nino Rota 
Taranto, Puglia, e Cinecittà, Roma 1949

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.

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