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Pandora's Box (1929)
"Die Büchse der Pandora" (original title)

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The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Fritz Kortner ...
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Alwa Schön (as Franz Lederer)
Carl Goetz ...
Krafft-Raschig ...
Rodrigo Quast
Alice Roberts ...
Daisy D'Ora ...
Charlotte Marie Adelaide v. Zarnikow - braut Dr. Schöns - Dr. Schön's Bride (as Daisy d'Ora)
Gustav Diessl ...
Jack the Ripper (as Gustav Diesel)
Michael von Newlinsky ...
Marquis Casti-Piani (as Michael v. Newlinsky)
Sig Arno ...
Der inspizient - the instructor (as Siegfried Arno)
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Storyline

The dancer and prostitute Lulu is the mistress of the newspaper owner Dr. Ludwig Schön and lives in an apartment paid for by him. When her former "protector" Schigolch visits Lulu, he brings the opportunist agent Rodrigo Quast that invites Lulu to dance in a play. Dr. Schön tells Lulu that he will marry the aristocratic Charlotte Marie Adelaide v. Zarnikow and mesmerizing Lulu forces him to marry her. However, in the wedding party, Dr. Schön finds Lulu partying with Schigolch and Rodrigo Quast in their bedroom and he gets his pistol and forces Lulu to shoot him. Lulu is arrested and almost six months later, she goes to the tribunal for trial. Despite the testimony of Dr. Schön's son Alwa Schön and his friend Countess Anna Geschwitz, Lulu is sentenced to five years in prison in a prejudicial verdict. But her friends cause a bedlam in court and Lulu flees. Alwa and Lulu decide to travel to Paris, but in the train, they are convinced to follow the crook Marquis Casti-Piani in the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

22 February 1930 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Pandora's Box  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,950 (USA) (16 June 2006)

Gross:

$9,950 (USA) (16 June 2006)
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Runtime:

(restored) | (Copy with French titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma) | (original) | (VHS)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

For the scene in which Lulu picks up and seduces Jack, Georg Wilhelm Pabst selected one of Louise Brooks's own suits - her favorite - for Lulu's costume and soiled, scuffed and rent it. Brooks claimed that, without spoken direction, Pabst thus established the desired effect of making her feel worn, cheap, and desperate, as the character of Lulu was intended to be portrayed. See more »

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The poster warning Londoners of Jack the Ripper is in German instead of English. See more »

Quotes

Lulu: [referring to the Egyptian] He's acting like he wants to buy me.
Marquis Casti-Piani: I need money badly and you have none to give me... The Egyptian will give me 50 more pounds than the German police... You're in luck.
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An extraordinary silent film that transcends both its medium and time
10 January 2000 | by (Newport News, VA (US)) – See all my reviews

Lulu, the protagonist of _Pandora's box_ portrayed by Louise Brooks, lives beyond the constraints of time. She was radiant, outrageous - an icon of modernity that seemed to transcend all time and place. She challenged sexual conventions, and became a screen seductress like no other - not through the traditional devices of the femme fatale, but rather through her bold, kittenish innocence.

This portrayal of innocence is largely what makes her performance both powerful and unique. She's outrageously excessive and provocative, but because she engenders such sympathy, we cannot fail to identify with her. In a sense, she seduces us as she seduces the men whom she encounters. That identification, despite her destructiveness, is much of what makes this film so compelling; we love her despite ourselves.

There are three films that permanently altered my sense of the power of the silent cinema: Sunrise (Murnau); The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer), and this triumph.

This film reaches the highest pinnacle of the cinematic experience; it transforms the viewer through its indelible images and hypnotic captivation.

I can only wish that the first time viewer has the pleasure of experiencing this film and Brooks' immortal performance in a theater with live accompaniment as I did at the Virginia Film Festival.


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