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Lulu (1980)

The story of a sexually enticing young dancer who rises up in society through her relationships with wealthy men, but later falls into poverty and prostitution, culminating in an encounter with Jack 'the Ripper'.

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Walerian Borowczyk
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Bennent ... Lulu
Michele Placido ... Schwarz
Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Doctor Goll
Hans-Jürgen Schatz Hans-Jürgen Schatz ... Alwa Schoen
Bruno Hübner Bruno Hübner ... Schigolch
Beate Kopp Beate Kopp ... Baroness Geschwitz
Carlo Enrici Carlo Enrici ... Monsieur Hunidei
Pierre Saintons Pierre Saintons ... Kungu Poti
Udo Kier ... Jack the Ripper
Heinz Bennent ... Dr. Schoen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Angeloni Carla Angeloni
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The story of a sexually enticing young dancer who rises up in society through her relationships with wealthy men, but later falls into poverty and prostitution, culminating in an encounter with Jack 'the Ripper'.

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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

March 1980 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Los amantes de Lulú See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Inferior to Pandora's Box in every way
3 August 2012 | by jrd_73See all my reviews

Lulu is based on the same novel that G.W. Pabst's Pandora's Box was adapted from. Pandora's Box is one of the greatest films ever made so Lulu was bound to suffer by comparison. Both film versions tell the tragic story of Lulu, a vivacious woman, who attracts men (and women) eventually driven to desperation by their obsessions for Lulu.

Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box radiated sensuality. She showed no bare flesh but she had a screen charisma that made the audience believe that men would follow her to their destruction. This viewer would certainly have. In the film Lulu, the character Lulu is played by Anne Bennent, who spends a fair amount of her screen time naked. Yet, for all of her bare flesh, Miss Bennent does not have one-tenth the sensuality (or the acting chops) of a fully clothed Louise Brooks. For all of its nudity, the 1980 film is less erotic than Pabst's silent adaptation from 1929.

In addition to the more erotic aspects of the story, the film Lulu is less daring in other aspects of the story. In Pandora's Box, the character of Jack the Ripper is portrayed, like Peter Lorre in M, as a sad figure, clearly mentally ill. Fifty years later in Lulu, he is just an unrepentant psychopath (admittedly, one played by the dashing Udo Kier). The 1980 film may show a step forward in breasts and pubic hair, but it's a big step back in terms of emotional depth. Watching Pandora's Box I was moved by Lulu's fall. In the film Lulu I felt nothing at all.


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