Pandora's Box Reviews
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.
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.
A film to be appreciated within the literary and theatrical tradition of melodrama, quite daring for its time.