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Pandora’s Box

Die Büchse der Pandora

We lift the lid on desire, decadence and debauchery with this stunning silent classic.

*The screenings on Monday 4 June 18:00 NFT1 (by Cyrus Gabrysch), Friday 8 June 17:50 NFT2 (Costas Fotopoulos) and Thursday 14 June 17:50 NFT1 (Stephen Horne) will have live piano accompaniment.

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Germany 1929
Dir Georg Wilhelm Pabst
With Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz
With Peer Raben score (or live piano accompaniment*)
Certificate PG
A BFI release

This sensational silent film follows the rise and fall of showgirl Lulu (Brooks), who goes from a decadent Weimar-era Berlin to a lurid London. 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 we aim to rectify here with this gorgeous new restoration.

Anna Bogutskaya, Events Programmer

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