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Michael Goddard

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167314

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167314.001.0001

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The Cinema of Piracy, the Sea and Spectral Voyages

The Cinema of Piracy, the Sea and Spectral Voyages

Ruiz’s Neo-Baroque Cinema of the 1980s

(p.61) Chapter Two The Cinema of Piracy, the Sea and Spectral Voyages
The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz

Michael Goddard

Columbia University Press

This chapter deals with Raúl Ruiz's films from the 1980s,which one of his most expansive periods. During this period, Ruiz returned insistently to producing feature films, developing a distinctive style drawing on magical realism, surrealism, and the baroque, and dealing with a cluster of themes around the sea, piracy, and childhood. Ruiz's practice took on an incredible diversity in this period, and was expanded both in terms of geography, especially with the production of several films in Portugal, and also in terms of expressive heterogeneity of cinematic images. As Ruiz stated, Portugal functions in his cinema precisely as a bridge to Chile. The series of films that Ruiz filmed in Portugal include The Territory (1981), The Roof of the Whale (1981), and City of Pirates (1983).

Keywords:   magical realism, surrealism, baroque, Portugal, Chile, The Territory, 1980s, City of Pirates

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