Pandora’s Box

Die Büchse von Pandora, 1929, Germany, Language: German and English Subtitles (155’); Screening: 09.06, 17.30, Toldi Cinema, Nagyterem

Pandora’s Box and Alban Berg. The root of both the film and one of Berg’s most important operas, Lulu, is the same: the tragedy by Frank Wedekind. And just as Lulu is modern, progressive and exciting amongst operas, so Pandora’s Box is modern and exciting amongst films. This is the movie that made Louise Brooks – who made the bob haircut fashionable – a star of the 1930s jazz era. This is the period that features later on in so many gangster and noir films: but this is the film by Georg Wilhelm Pabst about this wild, edgy age as authentic witness and insider. The screenplay was written by László Vajda, who is also the genius behind one of the first really significant Hungarian films, Sándor Korda’s Az aranyember.


Directed by: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Screenplay by: Ladislaus Vajda (Vajda László)
Director of photography: Günther Krampf   
Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz,,Gustav Diessl, Alice Roberts
Genre: crime, drama
Production: Nero-Film AG
Format: black and white, silent, 1.33: 1

Introduction by Martin Koerber.