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Pandora and the Flying Dutchman -- In 1930, singer Pandora Reynolds, gorgeous, enigmatic, and fascinated by danger and destruction, has the men of a small Spanish town in despair. Just when race driver Stephen Cameron thinks he's won her, a mysterious yacht appears in the bay whose eerie captain may be the legendary Flying Dutchman. Stephen has an apparently more dangerous rival in the form of an arrogant bullfighter; but Pandora's friendship with the Dutchman may lead them both to a rendezvous with Fate...

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Director:
Writer:
Albert Lewin (story)
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Release Date:
15 October 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Woman of the year in the picture of the year ! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
See it for its visual qualities and forgive the melodrama and pretentiousness See more (38 total) »

Cast

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James Mason ... Hendrik van der Zee

Ava Gardner ... Pandora Reynolds
Nigel Patrick ... Stephen Cameron
Sheila Sim ... Janet
Harold Warrender ... Geoffrey Fielding
Mario Cabré ... Juan Montalvo
Marius Goring ... Reggie Demarest

John Laurie ... Angus
Pamela Mason ... Jenny (as Pamela Kellino)
Patricia Raine ... Peggy
Margarita D'Alvarez ... Senora Montalvo
La Pillina ... Spanish dancer

Abraham Sofaer ... Judge
Francisco Igual ... Vicente
Guillermo Beltrán ... Barman
Lilli Molnar ... Geoffrey's housekeeper (as Lila Molnar)
Phoebe Hodgson ... Dressmaker
Gabriel Carmona ... Member of Montalvo's cuadrilla
Antonio Martín ... Member of Montalvo's cuadrilla
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lolita Allergria ... Singer, Zanba number (uncredited)
John Carew ... Priest (uncredited)
Helen Cleverley ... Second nurse (uncredited)
Pepe de la Isla ... Guitarist, Zambra number (uncredited)
Christiana Forbes ... Nurse (uncredited)
Eddie Leslie ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ricardo Valle ... (uncredited)
Gerald Welsh ... Assistant doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Lewin 
 
Writing credits
Albert Lewin (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Joe Kaufmann .... producer
Albert Lewin .... producer
John Woolf .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alan Rawsthorne 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff 
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
Clive Donner (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
John Bryan 
 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
 
Makeup Department
Nina Broe .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Hawkesworth .... set dresser
T. Hopewell Ash .... assistant art director
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alan Allen .... sound recordist
Harry Miller .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
W. Percy Day .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Man Ray .... still photographer
Edward Scaife .... photographer: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia Squire .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hubert Clifford .... musical director
Alan Rawsthorne .... conductor
Kenneth V. Jones .... music coach: Ava Gardner (uncredited)
Gerard Schurmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... technicolor color consultant
Gordon Griffith .... assistant to producers
Angela Allen .... continuity (uncredited)
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Jeanie Sims .... assistant: Albert Lewin (uncredited)
 
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122 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The first feature film in color for Ava Gardner.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Most of the story takes place in 1930, but the costumes and hairstyles of Ava Gardner, as well as those of Sheila Sim and Pamela Mason are strictly in the 1950s mode.See more »
Quotes:
Geoffrey Fielding:The measure of love is what one is willing to give up for it.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Etude #1 In A Flat, Op. 25/1, CT 26, See more »

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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
See it for its visual qualities and forgive the melodrama and pretentiousness, 13 August 2001
Author: Geofbob from London, England

Albert Lewin's 1951 movie injects the Flying Dutchman legend into an upper-class English-speaking community in a small port in 1930s Spain. Ava Gardner, never more beautiful and just about to emerge as a star, is the Pandora of the title, a night-club singer and femme fatale, engaged to be married to a gentlemanly racing car driver (Nigel Patrick), but with a hotheaded bullfighter (Mario Cabré) eager to win her.

Enter the Flying Dutchman, Hendrick van der Zee, trying to find a woman willing to give up her life for him so he can gain release from his eternal roving of the seas. James Mason's performance as Hendrick is one of the main salvations of the movie. With his grace, good looks and wonderfully expressive voice, he is able to give credibility to situations and lines that would be fatal for other actors.

But the film's prime asset is its visual richness. At a straightforward level there is lovely Mediterranean scenery, and some great action sequences, notably the flamenco dancing, land-speed record, and bullfight scenes. Then there are quite a few references to surreal art, matching the surreal nature of the film, such as Hendrick's Chirico-like painting of Pandora, and a remarkable shot of her, lying on her back with the profile of her face in close-up, like a Dali painting. (The film is set on the Costa Brava, near Dali's home town of Cadaques.) And throughout, there is Jack Cardiff's creative camerawork in beautiful technicolor. These visual qualities outweigh such flaws as an intrusive voice-over, and the stress laid on the - for me - irrelevant "Moving Finger" quatrain from the Rubaiyat.



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