Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

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Director: Albert Lewin

Cast: Albert Lewin, James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick

     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 thereby sacrifice her own life. Further elaboration would spoil the film for potential Lewin enthusiasts. Suffice it to say that the director's many cinematic obsessions (cat figurines, Egyptology, obscure literary allusions) are exercised to their fullest potential.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Albert Lewin's Pandora and the Flying Dutchman has a tendency to evoke quite differing reactions from people. Those who don't buy into dismiss it as very pretty but pretentious pap, citing its arch and artificial dialogue, its tendency to overstate and then re-overstate the obvious, and a generally florid style as their reasons for not giving Dutchman the time of day. There's definitely validity to their points, but those who can look past these flaws will find Dutchman a strangely haunting picture. It's a pure fantasy, but of the romantic rather than childlike variety, and the simple folkloric tragedy that forms its core is quite intriguing. Yes, the dialogue does get in the way, but even the overwritten style plays a key part in establishing Lewin's tone and mood. And cinematographer Jack Cardiff's sensational work goes far beyond creating "pretty pictures." This is a film in which the cinematography is absolutely essential, creating not just a tone but an actual texture. The riot of color, the use of space, the angles that provoke psychological insight are every bit as, if not more, important than the words that the film employs. Dutchman also benefits from a masterful and absorbing performance from James Mason at the height of his brooding best. Ava Gardner is perhaps not totally up to the task given her; she's much better in the first half of the film than in the second, when she is called upon to give herself up totally to the heightened demands of love. But she is stunningly beautiful throughout, and in Dutchman, that counts for a lot.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
UPC:
0738329070526
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
4,649

Special Features

Comparison of Original vs. Restored Technicolor Footage; ; Alternate Opening Title Sequence; Three Theatrical Trailers; Two Galleries Of Documents, Stills, and Behind-the-Scenes Photos; El Torero de Cordoba, an eighteen-minute Documentary about the legendary Spanish Bullfighter

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Mason Hendrick van der Zee
Ava Gardner Pandora Reynolds
Nigel Patrick Stephen Cameron
Sheila Sim Janet Fielding
Marius Goring Reggie Demarest
Harold Warrender Geoffrey Fielding
Mario Cabre Juan Montalvo
John Laurie Angus
Patricia Raine Peggy Ford
Marguerite D'Alvarez Senora Montalvo
La Pillina Dancer
Abraham Sofaer Judge
Lily Molnar Geoffrey's Housekeeper
Antonio Martin Member of Montalvo's Quadrilla
Eddie Leslie Doctor
Christina Forbes Nurse
Pamela Mason Jenny

Technical Credits
Albert Lewin Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Bryan Art Director
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Hubert Clifford Musical Direction/Supervision
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
W. Percy Day Special Effects
John Hawkesworth Set Decoration/Design
Tim Hopewell-Ash Art Director
Joseph Kaufman Producer
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Alan Rawsthorne Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Julia Squire Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
1. Opening Titles [:08]
2. Night Owls [:23]
3. Moonlight Drive [6:59]
4. Adrift [10:28]
5. The Portrait [8:02]
6. van der Zee [4:22]
7. The Legend Retold [10:03]
8. Dutchman's Fate [5:28]
9. Montalvo [8:11]
10. Record Breaker [9:43]
11. On the Beach [7:02]
12. Thwarted Plans [7:27]
13. La Corrida [7:18]
14. Unanswered Questions [12:11]
15. Confessions [9:28]
16. The Last Fragment [6:14]

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