Pandora's Box


Pandora's Box

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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.


Fritz Kortner
as Dr. Schon
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

    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


The original melodrama. Louise Brooks is sooo sexy.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

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it's hard to imagine the audience reaction to this when it premiered 80 (!) years ago. with frank sexual themes, lesbianism, prostitution and murder they couldn't have gone much further without lulu appearing stark naked. louise brooks looks amazing and gives a remarkable performance. lulu's not a bad girl really; she just wants to be loved. i liked the piano score too; very evocative

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Pandora's Box is a landmark film and an eye-opening experience for anyone who still thinks silent pictures are simplistic and benign. Louise Brooks' "Lulu" is iconic in every sense of the word. From her graceful form to her soft focus closeups to the way she approached and embraced the character, Brooks is as close to pure graphic stylization as anything I've ever witnessed. She's utterly desirable and yet completely unobtainable. Her personification of femininity might have represented new-found freedom for women of that era but, as a man, I found her to be joyously frustrating.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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