Pandora's Box
Pandora's Box (1929)

A free-loving, status-climbing dancer murders her rich paramour, then takes up with a succession of other lovers, gradually descending to the streets as a hooker -- where she has the incredible misfortune to proposition Jack the Ripper!… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 1, 1929
DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] ["Pandora's Box"] can be construed as the first international LGBT film ever.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

One of the classic films of the German silent era.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The movie remains one of the most insightful depictions of the elemental incongruity between man's nature and woman's.

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TV Guide

The movie's horrifying and beautiful conclusion becomes more poignant and powerful with each passing year.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Brooks overwhelms the lens with her magnetic eyes.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Richard Luck

There is so much of modern movie life here that the picture, like Brooks' beauty, defies the ravages of time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
The original melodrama. Louise Brooks is sooo sexy.
Randy Tippy
<i>Pandora's Box</i> is a landmark film and an eye-opening experience for anyone who still thinks silent pictures are simplistic and benign.… More
Aj V
Brooks plays a girl who plays around with men, she doesn't want to be thought of as a prostitute or anything though, she never goes with guys she… More
Cassandra Maples
For his movie "Die Büchse Der Pandora (Panodra's Box)", G.W. Pabst took together the tragedies "Der Erdgeist" and "Die Büchse Der… More
Stella Dallas
it's hard to imagine the audience reaction to this when it premiered 80 (!) years ago. with frank sexual themes, lesbianism, prostitution and murder they… More
Tim Sigur
One of the best silent films I have ever seen (not that I have seen a lot). Louise Brooks is one of the most captivating screen presence's of all time. She… More