Pandora's Box (Die Buchse Der Pandora) (Silent)

Starring: Louise Brooks Director: G.W. Pabst
Rating 4.7
49 ratings
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Item:  CRRN 1656D
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1928
  • Label: Criterion
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Audio:
  • Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - German
  • Subtitles - English - Optional
Additional Release Material:
  • Audio Commentary - Thomas Elsaesser; Mary Ann Doane
  • Featurettes:
    1. "Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu" (1998)
    2. "Lulu In Berlin" (1971)
  • Interview:
    1. Louise Brooks - Star (1971)
    2. Richard Leacock
Additional Product:
  • Books - Essays Collection
    1. Michael Pabst

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 12/01/2006
"Brooks' Lulu is enchantingly childlike....You can't take your eyes off her. Ditto Pabst's rich filmmaking..." -- Grade: A-
New York Times - 11/28/2006
"[With] themes and images that have continued to fascinate filmgoers and scholars....[S]till striking today..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/29/2006
Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 DVDs Of The Year" -- "[T]hrilling..."
Film Comment - 01/01/2007
"G.W. Pabst's brilliantly complex and deeply affecting work captures the Weimar zeitgeist and endures as one of silent cinema's great accomplishments."
Premiere - 03/01/2007
"The extras constitute a great celebration of the star."

Description by OLDIES.com:

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.

Product Description:

This classic silent German film tells of Lulu, a sensual chorus girl whose uncontainable sexual power literally destroys every man with whom she has an affair, until she encounters one of history's most notorious killers - Jack the Ripper. Considered particularly shocking at the time of its release because of the suggestion of a lesbian attraction between Lulu and a Countess. Brooks is at her sultry finest.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Prostitution | Psychos | Racy | Recommended | Silent | Slasher | Thriller | Vintage

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.7
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Rating 5.0 Pandora's Box Movie Lover: from Caboolture, Queensland AU -- April, 3, 2010

This restored and uncut version is a mesmerising silent movie starring Brooks as a flower girl who eventually marries an editor, with grotesque and unforseen consequences. Louise Brooks radiates sexuality with a unique subtlety of gesture and expression. The bonus features contain rare interviews with Brooks, her friends and acting colleagues.


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