Pandora's Box
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German filmmaker G.W. Pabst's late-silent classic Pandora's Box (Die Büchse der Pandora) stars the hauntingly beautiful Louise Brooks as libertine dancer Lulu. Ever out for the "main chance," Lulu persuades her wealthy lover Dr. Schön (Fritz Kortner) to marry her. But in a fit of jealous rage, he pulls a gun, a scuffle ensues, and she shoots him. Eventually escaping to London with the doctor's moonstruck son Alwa (Francis Lederer), Lulu takes up residence with her "adopted" father Schigolch (Carl Götz), where she is reduced to walking the streets, with tragic… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Louise Brooks, especially imported for the title role, does not pan out, due to no fault of hers. She is quite unsuited to the vamp type which was called for by the play from which the picture was made."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"If you've never seen Brooks -- or Pandora's Box -- you've missed one of the most extraordinary personalities and films of the silent movie era."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The movie's horrifying and beautiful conclusion becomes more poignant and powerful with each passing year."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The more interested in the waywardness of almost everyone's longings and in their failures of self-preservation than it is about Lulu's particular immorality or recklessness."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Bold for its time, this restored, uncut version is a touch slow at some points, but its star glows throughout."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"One of the classic films of the German silent era."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The movie remains one of the most insightful depictions of the elemental incongruity between man's nature and woman's."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"There is so much of modern movie life here that the picture, like Brooks' beauty, defies the ravages of time."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
""Pandora's Box" is a German silent film that Paris Hilton could relate to. She wouldn't like the way it ends, though."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Pabst was a psychologically astute filmmaker, but it's the shockingly sensual, charismatic Brooks that makes the picture."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Brooks overwhelms the lens with her magnetic eyes."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"2006 is the centennial of actress Louise Brooks, and to honor it, her greatest film, Pandora's Box, is being released in a new 35-mm print in New York's Film Forum before being taken around the country."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"If ever an actor was born to be seen in black-and-white it was Louise Brooks, who is as luminous as ever in this new restoration of GW Pabst's silent nightmare-melodrama."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Give all due credit to Pabst, but Brooks pretty much single-handedly raises Pandora's Box above being just another doomed-bad-girl melodrama.... She makes Lulu unfathomable, a well that always has more to give. Therefore, so is the film."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Brooks offers a brilliantly guileless performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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