Pandora's Box (PG)

Louise Brookes serving a serious silent era löök

G.W. Pabst's tragic portrait of sexual obsession, following the rise and fall of Lulu (Louise Brooks), a femme fatale who unleashes uncontrollable desires in the men and women she encounters.

When we first meet Lulu, she’s the mistress of a middle-aged businessman, who tries to break off their affair in order to marry a respectable socialite, only to be caught red-handed by his bride-to-be. Lulu’s wild nature leads her into affairs with male and female suitors, leaving chaos and heartbreak in her wake.

Few actors have such an electrifying screen presence as the 22-year-old Louise Brooks, whose powerful yet naturalistic performance in Pandora’s Box went underappreciated for decades – something this gorgeous new restoration will surely rectify.

Germany 1929 Dir Georg Wilhelm Pabst 135 min

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