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Films // Coming up // Pandora's Box
4 July
Wednesday
7:30pm

Pandora's Box

Dir. GW Pabst | Germany 1929 | 136 min | silent with German title cards, English subs | PG

Screen goddess Louise Brooks is electric in this newly restored silent classic, a tale of decadence and debauchery. 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 middleaged 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.

★★★★★ 'Extravagantly sexual and mad' - The Guardian

★★★★★ 'If this is still on your “must see” list, take this chance to tick it off' - Little White Lies

★★★★★ 'Proud and powerful' - The Financial Times

★★★★★ 'Take note Miley Cyrus, Louise Brooks is the original wrecking ball' - The Times

★★★★★ 'An iconic portrait of amoral innocence' - Total Film

'Brooks' Lulu is spirited and devastatingly sexy' - Metro

★★★★★ 'Louise Brooks is the original starlet' - Time Out

★★★★★ 'A genuinely sexy movie...a living monument to a legendary period of filmmaking' - Screenwords

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