Die Büchse der Pandora 1929

Critics score:
90 / 100

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Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: If you've never seen Brooks -- or Pandora's Box -- you've missed one of the most extraordinary personalities and films of the silent movie era. Read more

Mordaunt Hall, New York Times: Miss Brooks is attractive and she moves her head and eyes at the proper moment, but whether she is endeavoring to express joy, woe, anger or satisfaction it is often difficult to decide. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: The movie remains one of the most insightful depictions of the elemental incongruity between man's nature and woman's. Read more

Don Druker, Chicago Reader: One of the classic films of the German silent era. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: 2006 is the centennial of actress Louise Brooks, and to honor it, her greatest film, Pandora's Box, is being released in a new 35-mm print in New York's Film Forum before being taken around the country. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Neither an exposé of social conditions nor a psychological case study and certainly not a moral parable G. W. Pabst's Pandora's Box is a tour de force of cinematic eroticism. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: This synopsis could apply equally to a great or a laughable film. Brooks makes it a great one. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: One of those revered classics, so steeped in critical hysteria that it's almost heresy to question its greatness. Read more

Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times: Brooks overwhelms the lens with her magnetic eyes. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: 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 which was called for by the play from which the picture was made. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: There would never be another Lulu -- nor will there ever be. Read more