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Pandora's Box (1929)

Die Büchse der Pandora (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 22 February 1930 (Japan)
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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Alwa Schön (as Franz Lederer)
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Gustav Diessl ...
Jack the Ripper (as Gustav Diesel)
Michael von Newlinsky ...
Marquis Casti-Piani (as Michael v. Newlinsky)
Sig Arno ...
Der inspizient - the Stage Manager (as Siegfried Arno)
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Storyline

Lulu is a beautiful young Jewish woman who can seemingly work her charms on all of the men around her. She is currently being kept by the rich financier Dr. Ludwig Schon. She is just a plaything however and he is engaged to be married to Charlotte, a woman of his own class. He arranges for Lulu to appear in his son Alwa's musical revue and he too falls for all of her charms. When Dr. Schon and his fiancée go to the theater, Lulu ensures that he is put in a compromising situation and the elder Schon feels he now must marry her, knowing full well it will ruin his reputation. On his wedding day, Dr. Schon reaches his breaking. His actions cost him his life however and Lulu is convicted of manslaughter. She escapes with the help of her old cronies but together they begin a downward spiral. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Release Date:

22 February 1930 (Japan)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$9,950 (USA) (16 June 2006)
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(restored) | (Copy with French titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma) | (original) | (VHS)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Lulu: I won't be sold. That's worse than prison.
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One of the greatest silent of them all
12 July 2004 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

It is very rare for me to see silent film that left me speechless like Pandora's Box does. I believed that GW Pabst did really brilliant job directing this silent masterpiece because no modern film can really match the sexual atmosphere in Pandora's Box. Louise Brooks, in my mind, deliver one of the greatest performance in cinema history because it is very amazing.

The lighting is really magnificent in this film and it's great example of German Expressionism. It is very impressive to see silent film that use very few title cards and we can understand the characters through their facial expressions. They have really perfected body language in silent era like this one before talkies took over.

No words can justified Pandora's Box, which I believe should be essential viewing for film buffs because it's milestone in cinema history. I really enjoy this film a lot and it's in my top 10 so I'm very pleased about that. Louise Brooks really make this film work and the results spoke for itself.

****/****


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