The Pirate (1948)
Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 4
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Release Date: May 20, 1948 Limited
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 5,033
When Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne appeared in S. N. Behrmann's The Pirate on Broadway, there were no musical numbers whatsoever. But with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in the leading roles of the 1948 filmization of The Pirate, the MGM production staff would have been drawn and quartered had there not been song after song. The story is merely serviceable: on a Caribbean isle in the early 19th century, sheltered young Garland comes to believe that travelling troubadour Kelly is in reality "Mack
May 20, 1948 Limited
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Mary Jo Ellis
...a big, splashy musical in the traditional MGM style, but it is also more baroque, more flamboyant, yet more modern in its approach than most of the studio's musicals.
...it does a lot better with its singing, dancing, and staging than it does with its acting, characterizations, and storytelling.
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.
Consciosuly campy, this musical was misunderstood at the time. While Cole Porter's songs lack his trademark wit, the sumpruous sets and exotic costumes compensate for the slender fable,the highlight of which is Judy's rendition of "Be a Clown."
Brilliantly conceived box office failure with Judy and Gene.
Stylish, but overbearing musical.
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