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Die Büchse der Pandora
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Release Date:
22 February 1930 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Classic See more (81 total) »

Cast

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Louise Brooks ... Lulu
Fritz Kortner ... Dr. Ludwig Schön

Francis Lederer ... Alwa Schön (as Franz Lederer)
Carl Goetz ... Schigolch
Krafft-Raschig ... Rodrigo Quast
Alice Roberts ... Gräfin Geschwitz - Countess Anna Geschwitz
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 Stage Manager (as Siegfried Arno)

Directed by
Georg Wilhelm Pabst 
 
Writing credits
Frank Wedekind (plays "Erdgeist" and "Die Büchse der Pandora")

Ladislaus Vajda (scenario)

Joseph Fleisler  titles (uncredited)
Georg Wilhelm Pabst  uncredited

Produced by
Heinz Landsmann .... producer
Seymour Nebenzal .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Stuart Oderman (1986)
Peer Raben (1997)
William P. Perry (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Günther Krampf 
 
Film Editing by
Joseph Fleisler (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Andrej Andrejew  (as Andrejew)
Gottlieb Hesch  (as Hesch)
Ernö Metzner (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Gottlieb Hesch (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Georg C. Horetsky .... production manager (as Georg C. Horsetzky)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Sorkin .... assistant director
Paul Falkenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Marcel Tuszkay .... graphic designer
 
Visual Effects by
Andrei Dimitriu .... digital compositor (restoration)
Tobias Wiedmer .... digital compositor (restoration)
 
Music Department
Frank Strobel .... conductor (1997)
Frank Strobel .... music editor (1997)
 

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Also Known As:
"Die Büchse der Pandora" - Germany (original title)
"The Box of Pandora" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
Germany:133 min (restored version) | USA:109 min | Belgium:152 min (Copy with French titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma) | 131 min (original version) (21.4 fps) | 110 min (VHS version)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:(Banned) (1929) | Germany:(Banned) (1933-1945) | Norway:(Banned) (1929) | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:17 (original release) | Portugal:(Banned) (1936-1945) | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:PG (1993) | UK:A (1929) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The poster warning Londoners of Jack the Ripper is in German instead of English.See more »
Quotes:
Lulu:Smoking is forbidden here.See more »
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41 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A Classic, 20 November 1999
Author: gbheron from Washington, DC

Describing a film like PANDORA'S BOX is difficult. As a sterling example of German Expressionism you know it's not a piece of fluff. It's complex, deep, and not for the sitcom and Star Trek crowds. You have to lose yourself in it, and that is to lose yourself in Louise Brooks as PANDORA'S BOX is her movie. Not to diminish the genius of G.W. Pabst but it is Brooks that dominates this movie like so few actors can do. Without Brooks this movie could not exist.

Whew. And what's it about you may ask? It's a morality play made and set in the Berlin of 1928. While I watched the film I could not shake the knowledge of the cataclysm that was to be unleashed on Germany in five short years. In a way Pabst knew it too. (I was particularly weirded by the prominent display of a menorah in one of the Berlin apartment sets.)

I recommend that everyone that loves movies should at some point find the video store in their neighborhood that stocks old movies, rent PANDORA'S BOX, and experience it for themselves.

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