Pandora’s Box

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Dir. G.W. Pabst

Germany 1928 | Black & white | 130 mins @ 20 fps | Cert PG | Drama | Horror | Silent

Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner

Pandora’s Box, adapted from the controversial Lulu plays of Frank Wedekind, is one of the greatest films of the silent era. Director G. W. Pabst instigated a worldwide search for an actress capable of playing Lulu, the childlike temptress whose sheer sexual magnetism has a devastating effect on men and women alike.Unleashing unruly desires, she wreaks havoc on the lives of wealthy newspaper editor Dr Schön, his handsome but hapless son Alwa, and the desperately lovelorn Countess Geschwitz (cinema’s first unequivocal lesbian), only to end, one foggy London night, in the arms of Jack the Ripper. Decades were to pass before the film and its star were properly appreciated. Today, Pabst’s masterpiece appears remarkably modern, and Louise Brooks’s performance is widely hailed as one of greatest in cinema history, and one of the most erotic.

Available on: 35mm

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