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Die Büchse der Pandora
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22 February 1930 (Japan) See more »
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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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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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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

Louise Brooks' highly influential "bob" hairdo is referred to as a Lulu to this day.See more »
Continuity: As Lulu looks at herself in the mirror after the wedding, the wedding dress is off her right shoulder. The position of the dress on her right arm and shoulder varies between shots from when she is confronted by Dr Schon till his death.See more »
Alwa Schön:It's strange how you can get booze on credit but not bread.See more »
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32 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
This will leave you breathless!, 23 October 2001
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

No beauty has ever graced the screen like that of Louise Brooks. No film has ever validated that beauty like "Pandora's Box". It took Pabst to recognize that this wild, uninhibited American flapper could turn in a performance like Lulu in this film. It is for the ages and time has not dimmed it at all. She brings Lulu to life with such joie de vivre and also such poignancy, that it hurts to watch it....especially when you realize that Brooks' career would soon turn into a shambles when she returned to Hollywood. If you don't have an appreciation of silent films, you need to watch this one and you will see the true art form that existed before "talkies" came into vogue. If "Pandora's Box" does not convince you, you can't be convinced.

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