Review: ‘Die Buechse der Pandora’

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 [Lulu, a temptress finally killed by Jack the Ripper] which was called for by the play from which the picture was made.

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 [Lulu, a temptress finally killed by Jack the Ripper] which was called for by the play from which the picture was made.

Grave mistake to try to make a film of a Franz Wedekind play. Heavy vamp stuff which he wrote is already dated. On the stage, dialog is still of sufficient interest to hold, but the mere plot outline is trivial and overdone.

G.W. Pabst, director, in an attempt to keep the whole natural and easy, succeeds merely in making it superficial and lacking in suspense or thrill. Germany’s newly discovered juvenile find, Franz Lederer, doesn’t have a chance to show much, nor can Fritz Kortner get anything out of the heavy.

Die Buechse der Pandora

Germany

Production

Nero. Director G.W. Pabst; Producer Seymour Nebenzal; Screenplay Laszlo Wajda; Camera Guenther Krampf

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 131 MIN.

With

Louise Brooks Fritz Kortner Franz Lederer Carl Goetz Alice Roberts Gustav Diessl

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