Rent Pandora's Box (1929)

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2h 11min
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Synopsis:
Adapted from a pair of plays by Frank Wedekind, 'Pandora's Box' tells the story of sex worker Lulu (Louise Brooks), a free spirit whose open sexuality breeds chaos in its wake. When Lulu's latest lover, the newspaper editor Dr. Ludwig Schdn (Fritz Kortner), announces plans to leave her to marry a more respectable woman, Lulu is devastated. Cast in a musical revue written by Schon's son, Aiwa (Francis Lederer), Lulu seduces Schon once more - only to have their tryst exposed, and Schon's plans for a more socially acceptable marriage shattered. Left with no choice but to marry Lulu, Schon meets with tragedy on their wedding night.
Lulu stands trial for the incident, facing years of imprisonment. With the aid of her former pimp (Carl Goetz), an infatuated lesbian countess (Alice Roberts) and Aiwa, she flees toward a fate of increasing squalor and peril, finally crossing paths one Christmas Eve with Jack the Ripper.
Actors:
, , , Carl Goetz, , , Daisy D'Ora, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Heinz Landsmann, Seymour Nebenzal
Writers:
Frank Wedekind, Ladislaus Vajda, Joseph Fleisler, Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Aka:
Die Buchse der Pandora
Studio:
Second Sight Films Ltd.
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance
Collections:
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Countries:
Germany
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/06/2002
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
German LPCM Mono, Silent
Subtitles:
English, German
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Special Bonus Feature: Looking For Lulu. Narrated by Shirley MacLaine, this critically acclaimed documentary features rare film footage and photographs, interviews with friends, relatives and acting colleagues, as well as a fascinating interview with Brooks herself recorded in 1976. Looking For Lulu is a unique insight into one of the screen's greatest legends
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/10/2023
Run Time:
133 minutes
Languages:
German LPCM Mono, Silent
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Orchestral Score by Peer Raben
  • New audio commentary by critic Pamela Hutchinson
  • The New Woman and The Jazz Age: The Dangerous Feminine in 'Pandora's Box' - New visual appreciation by author and critic Kat Ellinger
  • Godless Beasts - New video essay by David Cairns
  • Lulu in Wonderland - New video essay by Fiona Watson
  • Restoring 'Pandora's Box' - New interview with Martin Koerber

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Reviews (2) of Pandora's Box

Classic Late Silent. - Pandora's Box review by Steve

Spoiler Alert
27/11/2012

Murky silent exotica that fixed Louise Brooks (and her haircut) into film consciousness. Brooks is pretty much the whole story, and she transcends the rather phoney melodramatics of Pabst's film.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

a startling insight into the underbelly of the1920s - Pandora's Box review by tm

Spoiler Alert
01/02/2021

this surprisingly modern film is a direct and frank study of the flip side of the emancipated woman of the 20's. It sheds light on the price women paid for social and sexual freedom, and reveals the Weimar Republic (which in turn brought about the birth of the Nazi party) as a festering sewer for the blatant abuse of wealth and power.

there is at the centre of this film, a hypnotic performance by Louise Brooks, who is alluring, tender, witty and callous. a complex character realised by an extraordinary actor.

a dark film worth watching and another landmark of the silent era..

by the way, what is a menorah doing in one of the early scenes: is it a subtle anti-Semitic product placement?

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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