Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
1951, Drama, 2h 3m32 Reviews 500+ Ratings
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Critic Reviews for Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is a Technicolored pastiche of symbolism, the supernatural and old romantic claptrap.
Albert Lewin produced, directed and did the story and script, keeping this film on an almost unrelieved level of sombre depression.
A simple love story, however improbable, can be enjoyed. But. this pair Indulge their love to the accompaniment of deep rumblings about fate and destiny... Their dialogue runs like a collection of philosophical cliches.
Albert Lewin produced, wrote, and directed -- astonishingly, he managed to work again after this.
Lewin in his story and his screenplay adroitly mingles these ingredients, and sets the narrative amid the poetic and flamboyant landscapes of nature and life in Spain.February 20, 2020 | Full Review…
An intoxicating (or, possibly, intoxicated) mixture of surrealistic grandeur and balderdash, this 1951 movie sails on Jack Cardiff's succulent Technicolor cinematography.July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
Apr 09, 2012While I wouldn't consider "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" a masterpiece or a lost piece of cinematic perfection, it's beautiful cinematography captured in beautiful technicolor and strong performances make it a beauty to behold. The film has a very dream-like feel to it and the deliberate pacing of the film only adds more to this mood that suits both the story and film wonderfully! While many critics at the time of the film's theatrical release criticized Ava Gardner's performances, saying it was too cold and contrived, I think it suits the role flawlessly. James Mason gives a powerful portrayal of the Dutchman who after murdering his wife out of false suspicion of her infidelity is cursed to sail the seas until Judgement day. Of course the catch is that if he finds love (He is allowed to walk the earth for six months every seven years in search of a woman willing to love him and die for him.) then the curse will be broken and he can find peace. This is one of many films to have been lovingly restored thanks to the involvement and devotion of Martin Scorsese who should be given loads of credit for his passion in bringing this and many other Classic films back to their former glory on Blu-ray! This is certainly a very hard film to classify or stick in a certain genre and is more like a lucid dream that combines mysticism and melodrama to form a wonderful romance film that is so much more then it's separate pieces.Chris B Super Reviewer
Mar 15, 2009truly bizarre. you'll have to watch and judge for yourself if it's wildly romantic or ridiculously over the top. it's as if the archers had directed 'the fountain'...not quite as good but more fun. a gorgeous looking film. some call this lewin's masterpiece but i'll take 'the picture of dorian gray'Stella D Super Reviewer
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