Pandora's Box

1929

Pandora's Box

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86%

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A free-loving, status-climbing dancer murders her rich paramour, then takes up with a succession of other lovers, gradually descending to the streets as a hooker -- where she has the incredible misfortune to proposition Jack the Ripper! Pandora's Box is an acknowledged masterpiece of sensual imagery.

Cast

Fritz Kortner
as Dr. Schon
Franz
as Alwa Schon
Carl Götz
as Schigolch (Papa Bromnier)
Francis Lederer
as Alwa Schoen
Alice Roberts
as Countess Geschweitz
Carl Goetz
as Schigolch
Carl Raschig
as Rodrigo Quast
Gustav Diessl
as Jack the Ripper
Carl Götz
as Schigolch (Papa Bromnier)
Daisy D'Ora
as Marie de Zarnika
Krafft Raschig
as Rodrigo Quasi
Michael von Newlinsky
as Marquis Casti-Piani
Siegried Arno
as Stage Manager
Sig Arno
as Instructor
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Critic Reviews for Pandora's Box

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (14)

  • It's lightning in a bottle - remarkable, and endlessly fascinating.

    Jun 1, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The film was adapted from a stage play, but possesses a strictly cinematic vocabulary that was heretofore unseen within the young medium.

    May 31, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Louise Brooks, especially imported for the title role, does not pan out, due to no fault of hers. She is quite unsuited to the vamp type which was called for by the play from which the picture was made.

    Feb 27, 2013 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • If ever an actor was born to be seen in black-and-white it was Louise Brooks, who is as luminous as ever in this new restoration of GW Pabst's silent nightmare-melodrama.

    Feb 27, 2013 | Full Review…
  • One of the classic films of the German silent era.

    Feb 27, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Brooks overwhelms the lens with her magnetic eyes.

    Oct 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pandora's Box

  • Nov 19, 2013
    Great film -- uncharacteristically for a silent film, I was glued to it for the whole duration. Brooks' performance (and her unmatched beauty) brought out emotions as I by turns sympathized with but also pitied Lulu, naive but unintentionally destructive by her sheer magnetism. Well directed, well lit, and well shot. And although no one can match Brooks' natural screen presence, the rest of the cast does an adequate job acting out their roles. The music accompaniment for my viewing was also quite superb -- the brief moments of Chopin and Christmas tinkle pulled my heart strings, almost as much as Brooks' tears. The film runs a bit long but all in all, a good film and ahead of its time in many respects. 4-4.5/5.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 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
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2011
    The original melodrama. Louise Brooks is sooo sexy.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2010
    Brooks plays a girl who plays around with men, she doesn't want to be thought of as a prostitute or anything though, she never goes with guys she doesn't like. She marries an older man, but he believes he has ruined his reputation by doing so, so he decides they must die together. She doesn't think that's a good idea, but he ends up killing himself anyway, and she is blamed for his murder. She goes on the run with the guy's son, and they gamble away all their money. I wanted to write my own summary of this movie because the one on Flixster tells you about Jack the Ripper as if he played an important part throughout the film, but really we only see him in the end, which I don't want to give away. I didn't like this movie much because the story was pretty confusing most of the time, I think mainly because there aren't enough title cards (the written dialogue shown). Also, I thought the ending was stupid. I did like the movie for Brooks' acting and the interesting characters, so it's not a bad movie. Overall, it's okay.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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