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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 »
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1 nomination See more »
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One of the greatest silent of them all See more (79 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 instructor (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:
In her biography, Louise Brooks says she was physically attracted to Gustav Diessl, who played Jack the Ripper, and that made it easy for her to play her scenes with him.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The poster warning Londoners of Jack the Ripper is in German instead of English.See more »
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Schigolch:You should only play when you're sure to win.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Hot Sauce (1997)See more »

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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest silent of them all, 12 July 2004
Author: M-G-M from San Diego, CA

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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