V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Büchse der Pandora

V' 14

Die Büchse der Pandora

Georg Wilhelm Pabst
D, 1929
119min, stumm

© Filmarchiv Austria

Die Büchse der Pandora

Georg Wilhelm Pabst
D, 1929
, 119min, stumm

Actors: 
Louise Brooks
Lulu
Franz Lederer
Alwa Schön
Fritz Kortner
Dr. Peter Schön
Carl Götz
Schigolch
Krafft Raschig
Alice Roberte
Daisy d’Ora
Contributors: 
Original comedy play
«Erdgeist» (1895) and «Die Büchse der Pandora» (1904) by Frank Wedekind
Screenplay: 
Ladislaus Vajda
Camera: 
Günther Krampf
Editor: 
Joseph R. Fieseler
Decoration: 
Andrej Andrejew
Bohumil Heš
Costume: 
Bohumil Heš

Production: 
Nero-Film AG, Berlin
Format: 
DCP
Black/White

A story taken from Frank Wedekind’s stage play “Erdgeist” features the complex character of Dr. Schön (Fritz Kortner), the chief editor used to success, and spoilt by success. He aims to be accepted by society but proves incapable of resisting the erotic appeal of Lulu, the “girl from the streets”. In the end, he has no other choice but to marry her – and ends up a broken man. Kortner demonstrates his amazing wealth of nuances as an actor: In one single act, his deep fall ranges from a triumphant Dr. Schön who wrongly feels secure to a man committing social suicide. (Martin Girod)

Piano accompaniment by Florian Reithner.

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