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Pandora’s Box
Georg Wilhelm Pabst

Germany

1929

133 minutes

Black and White

1.33:1

German

358


Synopsis

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 she comes in contact with. Daring and stylish, Pandora’s Box is one of silent cinema’s great masterworks and a testament to Brooks’s dazzling individuality.

Cast
Lulu Louise Brooks Dr. Schön Fritz Kortner Alwa Schön Francis Lederer Schigolch Carl Goetz Rodrigo Quast Krafft-Raschig Countess Geschwitz Alice Roberts Dr. Schön's fiancee Daisy d'Ora Jack Gustav Diessl

Credits
Director Georg Wilhelm Pabst Based on a play by Frank Wedekind Screenplay Ladislaus Vajda Cinematography Gunther Krampf Producer Heinz Landsmann Editing Joseph Fleisler Art direction Andrej Andrejew and Gottlieb Hesch
Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the definitive Munich Film Museum restoration
  • Four musical scores, each offering its own interpretation of the film
  • ...
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Genre: Classics, Drama, Foreign, Gay & Lesbian, Romance
Release Date: 1929
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006
Runtime: 133 minutes
Studio: The Criterion Collection
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