- Actors: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig
- Directors: Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Hugh Munro Neely, Richard Leacock, Susan Henry Steinberg
- Writers: Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Barry Paris, Frank Wedekind, Joseph Fleisler
- Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD-Video, Silent, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: German
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 2
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Criterion
- Release Date: Nov. 21 2006
- Run Time: 133 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000HT3QBO
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,374 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Pandora's Box (Criterion Collection)
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One of the masters of early German cinema G.W. Pabst had an innate talent for discovering actresses (including Greta Garbo). And perhaps none of his female stars shone brighter than Kansas native and onetime Ziegfeld girl Louise Brooks whose legendary persona was defined by Pabst's lurid controversial melodrama Pandora's Box. Sensationally modern the film follows the downward spiral of the fiery brash yet innocent showgirl Lulu whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone with whom she comes in contact. Daring and stylish Pandora's Box is one of silent cinema's great masterworks and a testament to Brooks' dazzling individuality.Special Features:"Lulu in Berlin" (48 minutes) a rare 1971 interview with BrooksAudio commentary by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Ann Doane"Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu" a 1998 documentaryNew restored high-definition digital transferFour different musical scoresA new video interview with documentarian Richard LeacockA new interview with G. W. Pabst's son MichaelNew and improved English subtitle translationKenneth Tynan's famous essay "The Girl in the Black Helmet"New essay by film critic J. HobermanA chapter from Louise Brooks' memoir discussing her relationship with PabstSystem Requirements:Running Time: 133 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: NR UPC: 715515020626 Manufacturer No: CC1656DDVD
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LuLu (Louise Brooks) an amoral entertainer in 1928 Berlin, is having fun taking men for all they have and snubbing those that may care for her. After moving to London she is still in the habit of entertaining men at her place. She is about to open Pandora's Box as she has no idea who she has lured up to her place.
If you are looking for an ending with a moral statement you will be disappointed as it is more of a Quid pro quo.
If it is not already included on the media you picked for this film there is an available separate documentary Produced in 1998 for Turner Classic Movies called "Looking for Lulu", narrated by Shirley MacLaine, which is almost as interesting as this film.
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In PANDORA'S BOX, Lulu (Brooks) is a young showgirl whose incredible beauty and passion for life leaves a trail of broken admirers in her wake. Brash yet essentially innocent, she effortlessly gets what she wants until events ultimately spiral out of her control.
A strikingly modern melodrama, the film is also an extremely stylish, visual feast. It's impossible to overstate the brilliant use of lighting - practically every shot is akin to a work of art. Complete with foreboding shadows cast across sparse art deco sets, PANDORA'S BOX is German expressionist filmmaking at its most hypnotic.
As Lulu, Louise Brooks radiates sensuality with a unique subtlety of expression and gesture that's never been equalled. It's one of those rare instances in cinema where actress and role became inextricably linked and immortalized.
The Criterion DVD set gives us a fabulously restored, uncut version of the film with four separate music scores to choose from. There's also an insightful commentary track by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Doan.
Bonus features include the in depth documentary "Looking for Lulu" (1998), narrated by Shirley MacLaine; "Lulu in Berlin" (1984), which features a fascinating interview with Brooks from 1976; other interviews with historian Richard Leacock and Michael Pabst, the director's son.
If you've never been exposed to the legendary Louise Brooks or you just want to check out one of the greatest silent films ever, take a look inside PANDORA'S BOX - you'll be in for a dazzling, unforgettable viewing experience.
Puzzling, amoral LuLu! A pantomime and a book of the pantomime,at least 10 movies, two plays,an opera, and a comic book (yes, this LuLu). The tale of descent and disaster story has inspired the utmost daring in playwrights, composers, and movie makers since the 19th century. Fritz Wedekind saw the story in pantomime and wrote two famous and germinal plays. Georg Pabst masterfully distilled both plays into this silent movie (at least the third LuLu film) in 1929.
The film is wonderfully restored, sharp, bright, and with hardly a speck or scratch, and there is far more in the Criterion set than you will ever get from TV or Netflix. You can choose from four (wonderfully well played)scores -- one for each of the first four times you watch the movie. There's a documentary about Brooks and an interview with her and more interviews and commentary and a nice big booklet. And you can watch the culmination of silent movie technique, where expression and gesture speak more clearly than words. Quite a bargain, and Louise Brooks is THE LuLu. Or Pandora, releasing death and destruction on a world of lovers.
I glimpsed the exact forehead of spit curls that Hercule Poirot's secretary (the David Suchet version) wears, and came to understand that Pandora's Box must be a major reference for costume, hair styles, and The Look for films and videos set in the 20's and 30's. Just part of the fun of rewatching.
Lovers of opera -- or of Alban Berg-- might study this movie. It's perhaps not certain that Berg ever saw it before he started on LuLu (he worked from the Frank Wedekind plays and made a much longer and more muddled story from them), but Pabst's Pandora's Box echoes through all the productions of LuLu I've seen or heard of. Check out Christine Schafer's hairstyle in the Glyndebourne Opera DVD. (Berg - Lulu / Davis, Schafer, Bailey, Kuebler, Harries, Schone, Bardon, Glyndebourne)
The print quality is as perfect as you'd expect from Criterion who also go the extra mile by providing no less than FOUR scores. As any silent film fan (me) will tell you the accompanying soundtrack is a huge part of the viewing experience, so effectively here you have four different versions of the film. Dig out Orbital's Insides and you could have five - or may be that just works for me!