Pandora's box

Pandora's box

DVD - 2006 | German
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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.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: 2-disc special ed.
Description: 2 videodiscs (133 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (95 p. : ill. ; 19 cm)
ISBN: 9781934121047
Branch Call Number: DVD Pand


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Aug 23, 2013

Dr. Schön (to Alwa, after getting caught cheating on his fiancée in a dressing room with Lulu): "...Now I'll marry Lulu! It'll be the death of me!"

Aug 23, 2013

Prosecutor (monocled, with a nasty scar on his face, at Lulu's murder trial): "...Your Honors and gentlemen of the jury! The Greek gods created a woman -- Pandora. She was beautiful and charming, and versed at the art of flattery." (Lulu flashes a flirtatious smile at the prosecutor, who pauses, flustered) "But the gods also gave her a box containing all the evils of the world. The heedless woman opened the box, and all evil was loosed upon us. ...Counsel, you portray the accused as a persecuted innocent. I call her Pandora, for through her all evil was brought upon Dr. Schön!"

Aug 23, 2013

Alwa Schön: "It's strange how you can get booze on credit... but not bread."


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Oct 12, 2018

At a grueling running time of 2 hours and 15 minutes - I thought that this overlong, silent-era, German film seriously cried out for some major editing. It really did.

I also found that Louise Brooks' character of "Lulu", the low-life hooker (who radiated nothing but the purest, sweetest innocence imaginable) to be such a preposterous contradiction that she soon came across to me like the parody of a pathetic clown.

Louise Brooks (who actually had quite a likable screen presence) was one of those unfortunate actresses who I think the movie industry really wasted by casting her in tiresome junk like 1929's "Pandora's Box".

Is it any wonder - In 1938 - Louise Brooks (who was so fed up with being a film actress) retired from the business (at the age of 32) - Never to return?

Aug 23, 2013

An engrossing, decadent 'riches to rags' saga of an innocent, beautiful nymphet, whose only transgression was her seductive captivating allure. And Lulu inadvertently burned (most of) those moths drawn to her flame. Wonderful lighting, and/or lack thereof, and accompanying score (I selected the orchestral option). Louise Brooks and her bobbed haircut had an incredible smile that could light up a room. Gorgeous woman. And sadly, her life imitated this piece of art, to a certain degree (see companion disk biography). I will say the ending of this film came out of left field, though... I couldn't believe who she ended up with, whilst Alwa stood by... (Don't worry, I'm not gonna spoil it) FIVE STARS.

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