Pandora's Box Reviews

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August 24, 2012
As seductive as it is tragic, "Pandora's Box" is some solid cinema in many respects, including visual style. I don't think I've seen an American film match its style until at least the 1940's . . .
August 17, 2012
Good, but it's not "Threepenny Opera".
July 27, 2008
Louise Brooks is absolutely amazing in this film. A story that sucks you in and leaves a trails of bodies behind.
½ July 4, 2012
From the opening sequence, this silent-era psycho-sexual film challenges the classical picture of olden times where propriety reigned. For those who claim that old movies were overly modest, they need to take a look here. This film shows Louis Brooks at her finest. She is a flirt, seductive and successfully manipulative.

The sequence opens up as Brooks' character, Lulu, finishes "entertaining" a man. Lulu is a high end escort who has caught the eye of one rich man. The rich man is engaged and wishes to break off his relationship with his mistress Lulu. As hard as he tries, he ends back up in the arms of Lulu. At the beginning, Lulu's former agent/pimp shows up to lure her into show business. From then on, her former agent and hopeful show business partner remain attached to Lulu hoping to live from her success. Eventually Lulu becomes a fugitive of the law and must try to survive from Germany to France to London.

Lulu is a character that knows how to flirt and get what she wants from men. Ultimately, her childish innocence in her adult promiscuous life style proves her downfall. Brooks portrays Lulu as vivacious, seductive, immature in a highly lauded performance. The characters are not simple two dimensional, but all have their deep complexities brought out successfully in this silent era film. The director Pabst makes perfect use of the camera close-ups and full angle shots to present Lulu as adorable yet also dangerous. His direction is masterful as he carefully unravels the sexually manipulative success of a perfect woman created by the gods but who also unleashes great evils on those who come into contact with her.
½ July 2, 2012
This is a poignant story of a talented and beautiful women broken down by her own fate.
Her self-worth becomes numb as she uses and fulfills her desires and emotions through her sexuality.
Her life is clouded by this philosophy and starts a downward spiral.
Her dreams become reality and life as a mistress begins to tear her apart.
Her charm is seductive and you feel there is a chance for her.
She is cursed with beauty and everyone wants to take this from her. They become perversely infatuated and drain her out of all that is good inside her.
She becomes her own victim.
It saddens me that her character ends with misfortune.
April 25, 2012
It's about 20-30 minutes too long, but the idea behind the film is solid, and the faces of each of the actors say thousands of words (which is necessary in the land of silent flicks). The beautiful Louise Brooks plays Lulu, a sort of precursor to the femme fatales of film noir. "Pandora's Box" is dark and stylish, and the treat of seeing it with live musical accompaniment was a real treat!
April 19, 2012
One of the best silent movies ever! The acting, direction and fast paced scenes make this movie to die for! Louise Brooks was so sexy!
January 31, 2011
A landmark of the slent era. The Beautiful Luis Brooks gives one of the most memorable performances in cinema history.
December 17, 2011
A fantastic silent film that, unlike most dramatic silents, kept my interest all the way through. Pabst creates a complicated and dynamic character who is played with great skill and accuracy by Louise Brooks. Well made and enjoyable film.
December 13, 2011
Probably one of the top silent movies. It will be difficult to forget how Louise Brooks performed here.
½ November 17, 2011
This silent film occupies an important page in film history, along with the immortal Louise Brooks, an iconic cinema figure, with deep, seductive eyes and passionate sensuality, while sometimes innocent and naive, who becomes an object of obsession and desire for all who cross her path. Such is the force able to uncover a Pandora's box and pour around it fatal doom.
A film to be appreciated within the literary and theatrical tradition of melodrama, quite daring for its time.
½ November 14, 2011
well done acting story resoration
August 12, 2010
an old movie that looks COOL ;)
September 17, 2011
Looks really, REALLY cool!
ElCochran90
Super Reviewer
August 17, 2011
Pabst himself was ahead of his time. Louise Brooks plays a strikingly gorgeous, yet desperately manipulative young woman who, at some extent, can control the environment around her and shape the actions of men and the lives of women against their wills. Even if this expertly shot masterpiece brought in the end moral consequences, terrible for the immoral personas, ethical standards were challenged by that time, and Brooks acquired a cult femme fatale status. Even today, people who can see boring simplicity in silent features will be surprised by how intricate and developed this pre-Hitchcock crime/drama legend actually is.

99/100
June 19, 2011
WOW! Louise Brooks (whom I never knew about before) shows sexuality and innocence like no one today can, and all without the aid of an audio track. Brilliant direction and fascinating cinematography make this a must see for film lovers that aren't too lazy to pay attention to detail.
½ June 18, 2011
Pandora's Box is a well structured, but for me it's seems very long and to mutch air. It's a story about the prostitute Lulu who struggle the same battle between the male arrogant men who takes advantage of her and ending up as low as possible. Thumbs down.
Super Reviewer
½ April 29, 2011
The original melodrama. Louise Brooks is sooo sexy.
½ April 22, 2011
An excellent German silent film.
March 20, 2011
My personal favorite in the silent film era. Louise Brooks is absolutely breathtaking in her performance. If you're a fan of the silent film genre, I highly recommend this film.
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