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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 »
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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 instructor (as Siegfried Arno)
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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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Additional Details

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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Included among the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', edited by Steven Jay Schneider.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: The poster warning Londoners of Jack the Ripper is in German instead of English.See more »
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Rodrigo Quast:[title card] Where is Lulu?See more »
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Referenced in The Kids Are All Right (2010)See more »

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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Greatest Silent Film, 14 April 1999
Author: Vlad B. from United States

Of all the silent dramas of the '20s, perhaps none is as compelling and inherently watchable as "Pandora's Box" of 1928. Amazingly, despite its age and completely different cinematic conventions, this G.W. Pabst picture continues to influence filmmakers worldwide. Made in Weimar Germany, it stars Louise Brooks, an American actress now considered the quintessential symbol of the flapper era. If not for her presence, the film would probably never have its incredible durability and cult status. She is the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Mia Wallace in both personality and sheer appearance. For the source of that chic haircut, look no further than Lulu, the proto-"femme fatale" played by Brooks. In a plot that could have come right out of a modern daytime talk show, she manages to destroy the lives of virtually everyone who loves her. Lulu (an aspiring actress), is simultaneously involved with Dr. Schoen (a prominent, high-society man) and his son, while being pursued by a lesbian admirer. To make matters worse, she is "supervised" by a rather disgusting, shady, pimp-like creature impersonating her father. And that's only the beginning. The girl's circumstances become even more bizarre as the action progresses. Obviously, given such a juicy storyline, the audience could well have been treated with a dose of laughable high camp. But Pabst, through brilliant cinematography (and, incidentally, silence), manages to retain dignity and generate powerful emotions as opposed to sarcasm and mild amusement. Precisely because the characters do not speak, we have an opportunity to witness their expressions and gestures. The camera spends much time on Brooks' face, showing the wide range of her emotions: from playfulness to rebellion to despair and back again. That face is one of the most versatile (not to mention the most beautiful) in the history of cinema. At the conclusion of the film's best scene-- as Dr. Schoen's fiancee catches him red handed in Lulu's dressing room-- her competitor slowly dismounts him with a momentary smirk full of hurt and disdain, yet somehow ballsy and triumphant. Such precious and sophisticated details make "Pandora's Box" a masterpiece. The title itself is mentioned in an inevitable courtroom scene midway through the story, by a prosecutor who crudely accuses the girl of being the root of all evil. This is where the film's sociological implications make it stand out from many of its contempories. Louise does not portray a conniving temptress. On the contrary, the people around her fall prey to their inhibitions, delusions and obsessions. Essentially, she is only an indirect cause of their demise and never fully responsible. Lulu's representation as a victim of nothing but her own zest for love and life in a stagnant, repressive society, is an example of humanist cinema at its finest. Brooks' personal life was no less turbulent than her character's: after a potentially prosperous career and scores of lovers (from Chaplin to Pabst himself), she quit the business, refusing to cooperate with its humiliating limitations and rigid standards. Fortunately for us, her name has been immortalized in an impeccable movie.

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