Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
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as Hendrik van der Zee
as Pandora Reynolds
as Stephen Cameron
as Janet Fielding
as Geoffrey Fielding
as Juan Mantalvo
as Jenny Ford
as Peggy Ford
as Senora Montalvo
as Reggie Demarest
as Spanish Dancer
as Geoffrey's Housekeeper
as Members of Montalvo's Quadrilla
as Members of Montalvo's Quadrilla
as Second Nurse
as Assistant Doctor
Critic Reviews for Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
Its unique oddball blend of fatalistic Hemingway-esque masculinity, swoony romance and mythology, literary allusions...and grab bag of styles...makes Pandora and the Flying Dutchman nearly as hypnotic as the romance it retells. [Blu-ray]
... there is a grace to the literary elegance and poetic dialogue of his script, and to the rich mix of European history, myths ancient and contemporary and Spanish culture...
Jack Cardiff's superb Technicolor cinematography looks as beautiful as Gardner and that's substantially the reason the film has stood the test of time.
Audience Reviews for Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
Not a classic by any means, but "Pandora" is technically excellent for its time with superb cinematography (it was great to see it in technicolor on the big screen at the Star Cinema here in Strasbourg), creative editing (mainly so they could imply violence and distress without showing anything shocking), and a strong cast, who fit into the typical archetypes of the day quite well. It has an air of mystery too it - naturally, since it's about the literal Flying Dutchman - but it isn't able to quite hold it the whole way as the script is quite didactic, obvious, and at times cheesy. The character development of side characters (seriously, the leading lady is getting married to a guy and is engaged to him throughout the entire film, but he stops showing up besides a few background appearances after maybe half an hour of this two-hour movie. Still, it's a well-made, well-meaning and fun bit of 50s melodrama that you wouldn't mind catching on the TV if it was on. Fans of classic mystery/romance/drama movies and/or fans of mythology can't really go wrong with it as long as they can handle the dated dialogue and the unappealing use of soft focus here and there.
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.
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'
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