Pandora’s Box Film Still

Pandora’s Box

Georg Wilhelm Pabst

 
Pandora’s Box (Criterion DVD)

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2 Discs

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  • Germany
  • 1929
  • 133 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • German
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  • Spine #358

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

LuluLouise Brooks
Dr. Schön Fritz Kortner
Alwa Schön Francis Lederer
SchigolchCarl Goetz
Rodrigo Quast Krafft-Raschig
Countess Geschwitz Alice Roberts
Dr. Schön's fiancee Daisy d'Ora
JackGustav Diessl

Credits

DirectorGeorg Wilhelm Pabst
Based on a play by Frank Wedekind
ScreenplayLadislaus Vajda
CinematographyGunther Krampf
ProducerHeinz Landsmann
EditingJoseph Fleisler
Art directionAndrej 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
  • 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 Pabst, 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

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Opening Pandora’s Box

By J. HobermanNovember 27, 2006

As a filmmaker, G. W. Pabst was attracted to issues and partial to naturalism. Starting with . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries

The Bob

May 11, 2011


Clippings

Pandora on the Piano

October 18, 2010

Ever wonder what’s going through the mind of a silent film accompanist when he or she is . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Opening Pandora’s Box

By J. HobermanNovember 27, 2006

As a filmmaker, G. W. Pabst was attracted to issues and partial to naturalism. Starting with . . . Read more »