|Sun 15th July||7.45pm|
Dir: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Germany | 1929 | 135 mins | Silent
Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer
One of the great silent films, GW Pabst’s Pandora’s Box is renowned for its sensational storyline, Weimar-period setting and its bewitching lead performance by iconic star Louise Brooks. Following the rise and fall of Lulu (Brooks), a spirited, but innocent showgirl whose sexual magnetism wreaks havoc on men and women alike, Pandora’s Box – imbued with a singular eroticism – was controversial in its day and subsequently underappreciated for decades, but now feels dazzlingly modern. Digitally restored and accompanied by a score from German composer and frequent Fassbinder collaborator Peer Raben, this is a fantastic opportunity to see one of the cornerstones of silent film on-screen.
“Louise Brooks is the last word in amoral cosmopolitan chic as the serial seducer Lulu in GW Pabst’s magnificent tale of lust, greed and violence” ***** Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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