Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
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Many cineastes consider Pandora and the Flying Dutchman as the masterpiece of filmmaker Albert Lewin, while others write the film off as a pretentious bore. Ava Gardner stars as Pandora Reynolds, a predatory creature who destroys the lives of all men who've been unfortunate enough to fall in love with her. Enter Hendrick van der Zee (James Mason), a mystical figure who proves to be Pandora's match. It turns out that van der Zee is the legendary 17th Flying Dutchman, whose spirit is doomed to wander the earth until he is able to find a woman willing to love him with all her heart -- and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Passionate, classical, mysterious and surreal all at once."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"... there is a grace to the literary elegance and poetic dialogue of his script, and to the rich mix of European history, myths ancient and contemporary and Spanish culture..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"A timeless tale, beautifully remastered."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
"Intiguing, but slow-moving Albert Lewin film"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Lacks imagination."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Jack Cardiff's superb Technicolor cinematography looks as beautiful as Gardner and that's substantially the reason the film has stood the test of time."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's an acquired taste, perhaps, but Lewin was a genuine maverick talent."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Its unique oddball blend of fatalistic Hemingway-esque masculinity, swoony romance and mythology, literary allusions...and grab bag of styles...makes Pandora and the Flying Dutchman nearly as hypnotic as the romance it retells. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"It's one of those unclassifiable efforts that threaten permanently to topple over the edge of ridiculousness, but somehow manage to avoid it."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian [UK]
"Lewin's pseudo-Somerset Maugham story is pretentious and unconvincing, descending into fantasy hokum involving sailor ghosts and a cursed protagonist who's been undead since the 16th century."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
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