Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

A legendary film, which has been elevated to haute cult status. A dutchman, living in the 17th century, is not permitted to rest until he finds a woman who loves him enough to die for him. He meets the reincarnation of a woman from his dead… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 15, 1951
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Passionate, classical, mysterious and surreal all at once.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... 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...

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David Hughes
Empire Magazine

A timeless tale, beautifully remastered.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lacks imagination.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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.

Adrian Turner
Radio Times

It's an acquired taste, perhaps, but Lewin was a genuine maverick talent.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Andrew Pulver

It's one of those unclassifiable efforts that threaten permanently to topple over the edge of ridiculousness, but somehow manage to avoid it.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
truly bizarre. you'll have to watch and judge for yourself if it's wildly romantic or ridiculously over the top. it's as if the archers had… More
Chris Browning
While I wouldn't consider "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" a masterpiece or a lost piece of cinematic perfection, it's beautiful… More