The Pirate (1948)
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Critic Reviews for The Pirate
The Pirate takes place in some Caribbean of the mind, with lots of shadows and lace and high mantillas, and it's all about the promise of sex; the film keeps tapping into a nervous, adolescent sort of fear and desire.
Its metatheatrical musical stylings border on the avant-garde under Minelli's nimble direction, and while the film certainly has some cringe-worthy sexual politics in hindsight, it's also a much better film than its reputation suggests.
It's certainly cumbersome in spots, but some zesty musical numbers and spirited performances help carry it over the finish line.
Judy Garland at her sexiest and most comedic, all at once.
Audience Reviews for The Pirate
This is what a romanic comedy SHOULD be like. Not the crap they come out with these days...Sooo Funny. I actually dont like Gene Kelly as much as Fred Astaire. Ive always found Kelly to be more stuck-up. Fred Astaire seems to me more likable and humble. The kind of guy you could talk to without fealing intimidated. That said, I thought that this role was perfect for Kelly. He was pretty much playing himself. Brash, Snooty, a Ladies Man. And Judy Garland. She is soooo beautiful!!! She is really great to wat and makes this whole movie. Just her facial expretions and little things like tapping her fingers on the couch really do add to the reality of her character. Cole Porter so you cant go wrong. See it.
Not what I expected from the two leads. Depressed me a little but it was okay.
The opening is a little excruciating, but it gets better toward the end. For some reason Gene Kelly decided to wear Pirate Hotpants during a dance sequence. How did anyone on the set keep a straight face?