April 25, 2012

Pandora's Box

From my Second Ebert's Great Movies Marathon, part 15 of 15

Die Büchse der Pandora, 1929. An unflappable flapper is surrounded by melodramatic tragedy. Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst. Written by Ladislaus Vajda, based on plays by Frank Wedekind. Starring Louise Brooks.

Concept: 1/4 (Bad)
Story: 1/4 (Bad)
Characters: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 4/4 (Great)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent, 2/4). It's a perfectly okay movie (which is pretty good for a silent era drama), but unremarkable.  The only thing Ebert's essay has to say about it, apart from a lengthy plot synopsis, is that Louise Brooks is in it. And I guess that's supposed to be enough to make it a great movie. She's cool and all - very ahead of her time - but, man, if this is her best role, that is unfortunate.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.2/4 (Okay)

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