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Pandora’s Box
Georg Wilhelm Pabst



133 minutes

Black and White





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.

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

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


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the definitive Munich Film Museum restoration
  • Four musical scores, each offering its own interpretation of the film
  • Audio commentary by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Ann Doane
  • Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu (1998), a 60-minute documentary by Hugh Munro Neeley
  • Lulu in Berlin (1971), a rare, 48-minute interview with Louise Brooks by vérité documentarian Richard Leacock and Susan Steinberg Woll
  • New video interviews with Leacock, about Brooks, and Michael Pabstm the director’s son
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Stills gallery
  • PLUS: A book featuring Kenneth Tynan’s 1979 essay “The Girl in the Black Helmet,” an article by Louise Brooks on her relationship with Pabst, and a new essay by critic J. Hoberman
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Movies, Drama Movies, Silent Films, German Cinema, Melodrama, Gw Pabst, Pandoras Box, Louise Brooks


CastLouise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig
DirectorGeorg Wilhelm (G.W.) Pabst
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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review by . December 22, 2008
posted in Cinema of Silence
Die Bücshe der Pandora
-This review pertains to the Criterion Collection's 2-disc Special Edition DVD of Pandora's Box-      Georg Wilhelm Pabst's 1929 film Pandora's Box is a masterful melodrama. Based on Frank Wedekind's character Lulu, Pandora's Box is a classic of German cinema detailing the life and downward spiral of a sexually vivacious yet innocent young woman. The original plays (Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box), which served as inspiration, were vast and rambling accounts of Lulu's many …
Quick Tip by . March 28, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
The most important film of director G.W. Pabst & an all-time classic of German cinema. A silent film lover's feast!
review by . April 19, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
One of the last great works of the silent cinema, G.W. Pabst's PANDORA'S BOX was cruelly-ignored and dismissed by both audiences and critics upon it's original release in 1929. It wasn't until the George Eastman House revived the movie in the 1950s' that it finally started to receive it's full recognition--and resurrected it's luminous star Louise Brooks from an impoverished, destitute existence in New York in the process.    Based on two separate German plays written by Frank …
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