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Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Albert Lewin produced, directed and did the story and script, keeping this film on an almost unrelieved level of sombre depression.

Albert Lewin produced, directed and did the story and script, keeping this film on an almost unrelieved level of sombre depression.

Lewin set his story in 1930 and filmed it on the coast of Spain. He gets into it with a flashback to explain the bodies of a man and woman found by fishermen off the coast.

Thanks to the pesence of James Mason, the film has at least one distinctive histrionic touch. He plays the Dutchman of the title, a sea captain who, back in the 17th century, had been condemned to sail the oceans of the world until he found a woman willing to die for love. When this miracle occurs, his soul can find salvation.

Ava Gardner fares less distinctively as the girl who falls in love with this restless shade during one of the occasional brief periods allotted him to take on human form. Standout quality of the production is Jack Cardiff’s color photography.

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

UK

  • Production: Kaufman/Lewin. Director Albert Lewin; Producer Albert Lewin; Screenplay Albert Lewin; Camera Jack Cardiff; Editor Ralph Kemplen; Music Alan Rawsthorne; Art Director John Bryan
  • Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 122 MIN.
  • With: James Mason Ava Gardner Nigel Patrick Sheila Sim Marius Goring Mario Cabre