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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 ...
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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 consequences. Pandora's Box based on two works by the controversial German writer Franz Wedekind exudes smoky sensuality in every frame; regarded now as a masterpiece, the film received surprisingly scathing reviews, with most of the critical broadsides aimed at Louise Brooks this was long before Brooks graduated from just another pretty Hollywood starlet to Cult Goddess.
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Special Features

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; New and improved English subtitle translation; Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu (1998), a 60-minute documentary by Hugh Munro Neeley; Lulu in Berlin (1984), a rare, 48-minute interview with Louise Brooks, by vérité documentarian Richard Leacock and Susan Steinberg Woll; New video interviews with Leacock and Michael Pabst, the director's son; Stills gallery; Plus: a book featuring Kenneth Tynan's 1979 essay "The Girl in the Black Helmet," an article by Brooks on her relationship with Pabst, and a new essay by critic J. Hoberman
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
G.W. Pabst's most famous film featured his first, star-making collaboration with American actress Louise Brooks in a complex exploration of sexual psychology and Weimar Germany's social decadence. Working from Frank Wedekind's play in Pabst's trademark realist style, Pabst and Brooks transformed the character of Lulu from an evil temptress into a hedonistic innocent at ease with her sexuality. Pursued by men and women alike, Lulu is prey as much to social repression as to her own insatiable desires, as she winds up blamed for the troubles that others have brought on themselves through their own sexual hypocrisy. The appearance of Jack the Ripper at the conclusion is a sign less of sensationalist melodrama than of Lulu's internalized victimization. Brooks's subtle, nuanced performance and Pabst's fluid editing style infuse Pandora's Box with a sensuality that remains undiminished to this day. Critically panned on its release, Pandora's Box has since come to be seen as a hypnotic masterwork, remarkable for its frank treatment of sexuality and the sympathetic, inscrutable, fascinating presence of Brooks, who became a Jazz Age flapper icon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • UPC: 715515020626
  • Original Release: 1929
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:13:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Louise Brooks Lulu
Fritz Kortner Dr. Peter Schon
Francis Lederer Alwa Schoen
Alice Roberts Countess Anna Geschwitz
Gustav Diessl Jack the Ripper
Michael von Newlinsky Marquis Casti-Piani
Daisy D'Ora Charlotte M.A. von Zanik
Sig Arno Instructor
Carl Götz Schigolch (Papa Bromnier)
Krafft Raschig Rodrigo Quasi
Technical Credits
G.W. Pabst Director, Screenwriter
André Andrejew Production Designer
Gunther Krampf Cinematographer
S. Nebenzahl Producer
Laszlo Vajda Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pandora's Box: The Film
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:34]
2. Act 1: Lulu's Apartment [6:58]
3. Act 1: Dr. Schon [8:20]
4. Act 2: Invitations [1:36]
5. Act 2: Countess Geschwitz [7:38]
6. Act 3: The Revue [14:20]
7. Act 4: The Wedding Reception [6:44]
8. Act 4: The Bridal Suite [12:50]
9. Act 5: The Trial [6:57]
10. Act 5: The Plot [2:30]
11. Act 6: Escape [7:17]
12. Act 6: Train to Paris [6:59]
13. Act 7: The Casino Boat [13:17]
14. Act 7: Alwa Starts to Win [10:46]
15. Act 8: London [3:49]
16. Act 8: Soho Loft [19:21]
1. Lulu's Origins [1:34]
2. Pandora's Box, Unique Classic [6:58]
3. Fritz Kortner and Louis Brooks [8:20]
4. A Bourgeois Apartment [1:36]
5. Countess Geschwitz [7:38]
6. Cinema and the Theater [14:20]
7. An American Lulu? [6:44]
8. Another Primal Scene [12:50]
9. Myth as Evidence [6:57]
10. The Crowd [2:30]
11. Consumerism [7:17]
12. Border Transgressions [6:59]
13. Exchange [13:17]
14. A Femme Fatale? [10:46]
15. The Final Man [3:49]
16. Leaving the Cinema [19:21]
Disc #2 -- Pandora's Box: The Supplements
1. Introduction [3:01]
2. Lulu in Toe Shoes [11:30]
3. Lulu in Hollywood [15:43]
4. Lulu in Berlin [9:10]
5. Lulu in Hell [9:45]
6. Resurrection [9:28]
7. End Credits [1:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Pandora's Box: The Film
   Select Score
      Orchestral Score: Stereo
      Orchestral Score: Surround
      Orchestral Score: About
         Play Stereo
         Play Surround
      Cabaret Score
      Cabaret Score: About
         Play
      Modern Orchestral Score
      Modern Orchestral Score: About
         Play
      Piano Improvisation
      Piano Improvisation: About
         Play
   Play
   Chapters
   Color Bars
   Commentary
      Commentary: Off
      Commentary: On
      Index
   Commentary Color Bars
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- Pandora's Box: The Supplements
   Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu
      Play
      Index
   Lulu in Berlin
      Play
      Richard Leacock on Louise Brooks
         Play
   Michael Pabst on His Father, G. W. Pabst
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   Stills Gallery
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    silent film wonders

    this reminds me that you don't need words to make a film wonderful . G.W. Pabst is one of the great silent film directors that ever was

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    G. W. Pabst was no Fritz Lang, but, that said, this film deserves to be called a classic. Pabst chose Louise Brooks (instead of the 5-years older Marlene Dietrich) for the role of Lulu in his adaptation of Franz Wedekind's work and that was a stroke of genius. He compounded the wisdom by permitting her to be herself. By her own admission Louise Brooks didn't really know what she was doing, but she and Pabst put it all on the screen, whatever it was. The story is melodramatic, flirts with the ludicrous, creeps to a crawl in spots, but Brooks's Lulu remains fresh and refreshing to the "bitter" end. Pabst filmmaking was brilliant, in its own way, of course. Watch for the scene in which Lulu strokes Alwa's hair and his dying father does the same minutes later. It's an unforgettable expression of desperation and paternal affection. The supplemental disk and the accompanying book are full of interesting items, including Kenneth Tynan's 1979 article on Brooks from The New Yorker Magazine and an interview with Brooks by Richard Leacock from 1984.

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