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Criterion Collection: Pandora's Box [Import USA Zone 1]

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  • Acteurs : Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig
  • Réalisateurs : Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Hugh Munro Neely, Richard Leacock, Susan Henry Steinberg
  • Scénaristes : Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Barry Paris, Frank Wedekind, Joseph Fleisler
  • Format : Dolby, Sous-titré, NTSC, Import
  • Audio : Allemand
  • Sous-titres : Anglais
  • Région : Région 1 (USA et Canada). Ce DVD ne pourra probablement pas être visualisé en Europe. Plus d'informations sur les formats DVD/Blu-ray.
  • Rapport de forme : 1.33:1
  • Nombre de disques : 2
  • Studio : Criterion
  • Date de sortie du DVD : 28 novembre 2006
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5 1 commentaire client
  • ASIN: B000HT3QBO
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The story is timeless and still holds your attention today. I was amazed as to how modern the film is its self. Probably the best know of G.W. Pabst's works. Being a film from the silent era gives this film a collector's value; yet five minutes into viewing and you do not realize it is silent.

LuLu (Louise Brooks) an amoral entertainer in 1928 Berlin, is having fun taking men for all they have and snubbing those that may care for her. After moving to London she is still in the habit of entertaining men at her place. She is about to open Pandora's Box as she has no idea who she has lured up to her place.

If you are looking for an ending with a moral statement you will be disappointed as it is more of a Quid pro quo.

If it is not already included on the media you picked for this film there is an available separate documentary Produced in 1998 for Turner Classic Movies called "Looking for Lulu", narrated by Shirley MacLaine, which is almost as interesting as this film.

Louise Brooks - Looking for Lulu
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 LOUISE BROOKS IS LULU IN EXTRAORDINARY SILENT CLASSIC 15 mars 2010
Par Casey62 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD Achat vérifié
Probably no movie star was ever more perfectly suited for black and white photography than the captivating Louise Brooks. Her iconic look - the shiny black bob and porcelain skin - transcends her own era and has become one of the most timeless images of the silver screen. The film that epitomizes the enigma of Louise Brooks is G. W. Pabst's 1929 masterpiece, PANDORA'S BOX. It caused quite a bit of controversy on its initial release and brought Brooks worldwide acclaim for what proved to be the most memorable role of her career.

In PANDORA'S BOX, Lulu (Brooks) is a young showgirl whose incredible beauty and passion for life leaves a trail of broken admirers in her wake. Brash yet essentially innocent, she effortlessly gets what she wants until events ultimately spiral out of her control.

A strikingly modern melodrama, the film is also an extremely stylish, visual feast. It's impossible to overstate the brilliant use of lighting - practically every shot is akin to a work of art. Complete with foreboding shadows cast across sparse art deco sets, PANDORA'S BOX is German expressionist filmmaking at its most hypnotic.

As Lulu, Louise Brooks radiates sensuality with a unique subtlety of expression and gesture that's never been equalled. It's one of those rare instances in cinema where actress and role became inextricably linked and immortalized.

The Criterion DVD set gives us a fabulously restored, uncut version of the film with four separate music scores to choose from. There's also an insightful commentary track by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Doan.

Bonus features include the in depth documentary "Looking for Lulu" (1998), narrated by Shirley MacLaine; "Lulu in Berlin" (1984), which features a fascinating interview with Brooks from 1976; other interviews with historian Richard Leacock and Michael Pabst, the director's son.

If you've never been exposed to the legendary Louise Brooks or you just want to check out one of the greatest silent films ever, take a look inside PANDORA'S BOX - you'll be in for a dazzling, unforgettable viewing experience.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must-have, can't stop watching movie 5 octobre 2011
Par MollyM/CA - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD Achat vérifié
It was a dark and stormy night... I lay on the couch drowsily flicking through channels... and came instantly awake when Louise Brooks, slinky, sexy, and completely captivating, came onto the screen. Lulu, they called her. I was mesmerized to the very end. The movie was this Criterion restoration of Pandora's Box.

Puzzling, amoral LuLu! A pantomime and a book of the pantomime,at least 10 movies, two plays,an opera, and a comic book (yes, this LuLu). The tale of descent and disaster story has inspired the utmost daring in playwrights, composers, and movie makers since the 19th century. Fritz Wedekind saw the story in pantomime and wrote two famous and germinal plays. Georg Pabst masterfully distilled both plays into this silent movie (at least the third LuLu film) in 1929.

The film is wonderfully restored, sharp, bright, and with hardly a speck or scratch, and there is far more in the Criterion set than you will ever get from TV or Netflix. You can choose from four (wonderfully well played)scores -- one for each of the first four times you watch the movie. There's a documentary about Brooks and an interview with her and more interviews and commentary and a nice big booklet. And you can watch the culmination of silent movie technique, where expression and gesture speak more clearly than words. Quite a bargain, and Louise Brooks is THE LuLu. Or Pandora, releasing death and destruction on a world of lovers.

I glimpsed the exact forehead of spit curls that Hercule Poirot's secretary (the David Suchet version) wears, and came to understand that Pandora's Box must be a major reference for costume, hair styles, and The Look for films and videos set in the 20's and 30's. Just part of the fun of rewatching.

Lovers of opera -- or of Alban Berg-- might study this movie. It's perhaps not certain that Berg ever saw it before he started on LuLu (he worked from the Frank Wedekind plays and made a much longer and more muddled story from them), but Pabst's Pandora's Box echoes through all the productions of LuLu I've seen or heard of. Check out Christine Schafer's hairstyle in the Glyndebourne Opera DVD. (Berg - Lulu / Davis, Schafer, Bailey, Kuebler, Harries, Schone, Bardon, Glyndebourne)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pabst Revisited 11 novembre 2006
Par Ingrid Fernandez - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD Achat vérifié
G.W. Pabst is perhaps the most underrated of all the early German film makers. Unlike his contemporaries, Lang and von Stenberg, Pabts never successfully transitioned to Hollywood and was declared a traitor for creating films under the Nazi regime, although he would continue to make films in Germany for the rest of his life. Pabst was not a political man, but a great auteur able to capture the condition of social exile within the changing culture of his time. Based on the controversial plays by Wedekind, Lulu is Pabst's towering masterpiece. She is a symbol of tradition battling modernity, the emergence of the New Woman, the corruption of the old European establishment after WWI and most important, the outsider who is devoured by the forces of legitimate policy and law. However, Lulu is no martyr. She represents the threat of the marginal and its ability to creep into the fragile constructed social reality. She exposes the weakness of this aparatus and lives on as image in the mind of the viewer. Like Pabst, Lulu rises above the compressing political and cultural views of the times, the people and the regimes that followed to become one of early cinema's most potent icons.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Die Bücshe der Pandora 28 juillet 2008
Par Count Orlok '22 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD Achat vérifié
Georg Wilhelm Pabst's 1929 film Pandora's Box is a masterful melodrama. Based on Frank Wedekind's character Lulu, Pandora's Box is a classic of German cinema detailing the life and downward spiral of a sexually vivacious yet innocent young woman. The original plays (Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box) which served as inspiration, were vast and rambling accounts of Lulu's many relationships. G.W. Pabst felt that theatregoers would lose interest in what would have been for the time a terribly long film, so screenwriter Ladislaus Vajda greatly edited the original stories. Rather than focusing on Lulu's multiple relationships, Vajda uses those with Dr. Schön and his son, Alwa as the principal examples of Lulu's unintentionally destructive sexual appetite. However the eroticism of the film isn't ever directly shown, rather it is implied through longing glances, physical gestures and even in the costume design.

The film tells the story of Lulu, an irrepressible and irresistible young woman, who inadvertently uses her naïve sexual charms to seduce men into giving her what she wants. Though, she is clearly aware of her affect on men (and women), Lulu is oblivious to the disastrous consequences that her unrestrained affection causes. At first her flirtations help her to get ahead and Lulu is given a part in a musical revue, but when one of her lovers, Dr. Schön, tries to kill her in order to keep their affair a secret, he is accidentally killed instead. Lulu must flee the country or else suffer the legal penalty. She spends time on a gambling barge where Dr. Schön's son looks after her, but he has developed a serious gambling habit and they are being blackmailed. A man who knows of Lulu's identity says that he will inform the German authorities of her whereabouts if they do not pay him. After Alwa is caught cheating in a card game, trying to win the money, there is a riot and the boat catches fire and all aboard are evacuated. Alwa and Lulu end up in London where she becomes a prostitute and on Christmas, out of charity, she offers herself to a handsome stranger. This man turns out to be a conflicted killer (Jack the Ripper, in fact) and he murders Lulu. The irony being that Lulu in life was selfish in giving herself away to men and accepting their tokens of affection, all the while their lives fell apart and now Lulu gives herself away out of charity and she pays the price. But it is ultimately this final act that redeems her.

When the film was released it was unfairly criticized. German audiences were outraged that an American actress was playing the quintessentially German Lulu, and most critics felt the film to be emotionally shallow and the story to be disjointed. Only recently has Pandora's Box become so beloved by critics and film historians. The main reason for its current success is the rediscovery of Louise Brooks' naturalistic performance. One must remember that during the silent age many actors were stiff and gave forced performances while Louise Brooks was effortless and breezy, a true breath of fresh air.

The 2006 Criterion Collection edition is spectacular. The film has never looked so sharp nor sounded so good. Included are four different musical scores* and an excellent audio commentary. Also included is a fascinating book about Louise Brooks and the making of the film, a documentary by Hugh Munro Neely, a lengthy interview with Brooks, an interview with Pabst's son and a photo gallery. Overall this 2-disc Special Edition set is a must-have for fans of silent cinema.

* = The six audio tracks are:
1. & 2. Orchestral Score by Gillian Anderson (in both stereo and surround)
3. Cabaret Score by Dimitar Pentchev
4. Modern Orchestral Score by Peer Raben
5. Piano Improvisation by Stéphan Oliva
6. Audio commentary with film historians Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Anne Doane

Also recommended:
Secrets of a Soul
Diary of a Lost Girl
Lulu in Hollywood
Louise Brooks: Lulu Forever
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exceptional release 14 août 2008
Par Henry S. Leavitt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD Achat vérifié
The scene opens on an upper landing outside Lulu's apartment. A man is reading the meter when Lulu emerges, flirts with him, pours him a glass of schnaps. He is quite charmed until an elderly man appears at the door and Lulu hustles him inside. The scene tells us a lot about Lulu, but not all of our first impressions are correct.

While there are some tense scenes in PANDORA'S BOX, it's not what most people would call a thriller. It is, in fact,
... a tragedy,
... black and white,
... German, and
... silent.
... Obviously, not what most people look for in a popcorn movie.

For all that, however, this film is a great romance and one of the most moving dramas on DVD. It remains a showcase of great dramatic acting, all the more remarkable when actors' voices were not recorded and communication was through glance and gesture. While Louise Brooks' portrayal of Lulu is justly famous, her costars are also extraordinary.

One example: Lulu's lover is Dr. Schoen, the editor of a prestigious newspaper. Their affection is mutual, but because Shoen cannot possibly marry a "modern woman" like Lulu in class-conscious Berlin, he announces his engagement to a woman from a respected family. But when Schoen and his fiancee walk backstage at a musical review in which Lulu plays, there is an exchange of glances. Schoen sees Lulu in costume and his fiancee immediately understands their relationship. No words are exchanged; we see the recognition in the way lips tighten and eyes widen, we see the history revealed in a glance.

Few German films of the late '20s (PANDORA'S BOX was released in 1929) have left clean prints for the DVD era. The Criterion disk is a little cloudy at times and the scenes occasionally seem out of focus and, since the story feels disjointed in places, there may also be missing footage, but this is likely the best restoration we're going to have. Such minor defects do not detract from a deeply moving story and extraordinary performances.

Several alternate musical scores are included. An audio commentary is a somewhat academic discussion of the social themes that inform the film and, in particular, feminist theory of "the gaze" is invoked to explain how Lulu's character is interpreted by the camera. The theory, I think, is interesting enough but is stretched beyond its applicability to this film.

One critic called this the best release of 2006. Yes, indeed!
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