Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

1951

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

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A legendary film, which has been elevated to haute cult status. A dutchman, living in the 17th century, is not permitted to rest until he finds a woman who loves him enough to die for him. He meets the reincarnation of a woman from his dead past and falls in love. The story progresses to a hair-raising reconciliation of past and present.

Cast

James Mason
as Hendrik van der Zee
Ava Gardner
as Pandora Reynolds
Nigel Patrick
as Stephen Cameron
Sheila Sim
as Janet Fielding
Harold Warrender
as Geoffrey Fielding
Mario Cabré
as Juan Mantalvo
Pamela Kellino
as Jenny Ford
Patricia Raine
as Peggy Ford
Marguerite D'Alvarez
as Senora Montalvo
Marius Goring
as Reggie Demarest
La Pillina
as Dancer
John La Pillina
as Spanish Dancer
Lily Molnar
as Geoffrey's Housekeeper
Phoebe Hodgson
as Dressmaker
John Carew
as Priest
Gabriel Carmona
as Members of Montalvo's Quadrilla
Antonio Martín
as Members of Montalvo's Quadrilla
Helen Cleverley
as Second Nurse
Gerald Welsh
as Assistant Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (11)

  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is a Technicolored pastiche of symbolism, the supernatural and old romantic claptrap.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Albert Lewin produced, directed and did the story and script, keeping this film on an almost unrelieved level of sombre depression.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • 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.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Albert Lewin produced, wrote, and directed -- astonishingly, he managed to work again after this.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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, 2012
    While 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.
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  • Mar 15, 2009
    truly 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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