One of the great films of the silent era, GW Pabst’s Pandora’s Box is renowned for its sensational storyline, sparkling Weimar-period setting and the legendary, lead performance from its iconic star Louise Brooks.
Following the rise and fall of Lulu (Brooks), a spirited but innocent showgirl whose sheer sexual magnetism wreaks havoc on the lives of men and women alike, the film was controversial in its day, then underappreciated for decades. Now finally back in cinemas.
The 1pm screening on Sun 10 Jun will be introduced by Jennifer Voss. Jennifer is a PhD candidate in Drama and Film at DMU, and is funded by the AHRC in partnership with Midlands 3 Cities. Jennifer's doctoral research, which uses performance theory to build upon a traditional film studies approach to cinema history, focuses on actresses' performance of emotion during the transition from silent to sound cinema in Britain and America.
*Please note that this newly restored version of the film is 135 minutes (2hrs 15mins) long, which is not reflected in our printed programme*
1 1929, 135mins