One of the great unsung filmmakers of cinema’s Golden Age, Albert Lewin’s career may have only spanned six directorial efforts, but thanks to a new 4K restoration of his impossibly great Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, it’s time for an entire new generation of film fans to get caught up in his brand of impressionistic melodrama. This act would absolve him of his sin of murder. It is disappointed that a restored film has such poor sound calibration. I recommend this movie wholeheartedly. In many ways a forgotten masterpiece, viewers will at first not be taken with the superlative performances, instead the heartbreaking direction. I particularly like the genre, especially when it is treated in such a delicate, charming way. She has always told us how she and her friends sat at repeated showings of the film when it was first released, mesmerized by Ava Gardner's beauty and by the film's romantic atmosphere. Centuries earlier he had killed his wife believing her to be unfaithful. Cardiff’s photography properly pops off the screen here, particularly as the film progresses, with his interiors being warmly lit and ornately decorated, and some night sequences playing out like a surrealist stage play. A timeless surrealist ghost ship romance based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman. In Greek mythology, Zeus instructed Hephaestus the blacksmith to create woman. As the picture progresses, we learn that there’s much more here than meets the eye as Lewin’s surrealist imagery (clearly inspired by his growing friendship with Man Ray) plays opposite the story of a wayward 17th-century seaman who has been cursed with the task of being unable to rest until finding a woman willing to give her life for love. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Director Albert E. Lewin's 1957 feature The Living Idol, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2015. 1951, UK, 122 mins., 4K Digital Cinema, NR. A sentimental fantasy story about enduring love. I’d particularly like to note the bullfight that plays as the majority of the film’s final act. 231 W. Jefferson Blvd Joshua Reviews Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden [Theatrical Review], Joshua Reviews Azazel Jacobs’ French Exit [NYFF 2020], Joshua Reviews Christian Petzold’s Undine [NYFF 2020]. This delirious, gorgeous romantic drama (shot by Jack Cardiff) reveals Lewin to be one of mid-century cinema's greatest stylists. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. When she meets the dashing but doomed captain Hendrik van der Zee, he pushes her to commit an ultimate act of love. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. This delirious, gorgeous romantic drama … although there is action, sometimes abrupt. Not humorless, the film is quite dour, a brooding tale driven strangely enough by a novel’s worth of narration, that isn’t without ambition. The Pandora myth addresses the reason why there is evil in the world. 1951, UK, 122 mins., 4K Digital Cinema, NR. The passion is more implied than pushed in your face. Lewin also clearly loved the cast he assembled here. The movie Pandora and the Flying Dutchman probes the idea of "She who sends up gifts." There's a problem loading this menu right now. Cast: James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick, Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. 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(Pandora looking at her portrait. Director: Albert Lewin. These scenes are baroquely literalized, embedding within the film a distinct sense of surrealism that bleeds into the production design, everything from entire set pieces to simple chess sets that could be missed if one’s not properly paying attention. Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2020. Knockout 1951 indie ‘Pandora and the Flying Dutchman’ returns looking better than ever Ava Gardner and James Mason in a scene from “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.” (Cohen Media Group) Just about the best cinematic gift one could receive is a new restoration of a Technicolor classic shot by Jack Cardiff (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes). I saw this movie in the cinema many moons ago. Maybe not for everyone but one of my old favorites that has been re-mastered so it's colors are bright and clear. Not as it was, but how it felt in the moment between those involved. I first saw this film when it came out in 1951. "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman", director Albert Lewin's 1951 drama based on the legend of the 'Flying Dutchman', starring Ava Gardner, James Mason, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim, Harold Warrender, Mario Cabré and Marius Goring, will be released theatrically in a new 4K restoration, February 7, 2020: Mario Cabre is also shockingly good here, as his chemistry with Gardner feels tactile and genuine (they did, after all, allegedly have an affair during the production of this film), and even fellow suitors Marius Goring and Nigel Patrick give engaging performances. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. There is even a bull fight in the movie. Great movie...Ava even gets to sing a little and although not a great songstress she can carry a tune and has a soft pleasant voice. After years of neglect, this restored version from Kino is almost certainly the best we can expect of this cult classic.on DVD/Bluray. The Charles Dickens Collection, Volume 1 (Oliver Twist / Martin Chuzzlewit / Bleak ... Doc Martin Ultimate Collection Seasons 1-8 + The Movies, George Gently Ultimate Collection Series 1-8. More than anything a heart-on-its-sleeve melodrama, Pandora oozes a sense of romanticism from its lush photography to the sincerity with which is portrays the passion of each central relationship. A glamorous Ava Gardner is Pandora, who falls hard for the charismatic James Mason as Hendrik, … When the movie starts two bodies are discovered on the beach after a big storm. When she meets the the Ghostly doomed captain Hendrik van der Zee, he pushes her to commit an ultimate act of love. Cohen Media Group is proud to present a new restoration of the timeless romance based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman. High praise was lavished on Gardner and Mason, as indeed it is in these reviews, but now having watched the film a good half-dozen times over a longish period I have to confess to a sense of disappointment. With a firecracker performance from Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit is an entrancing, if uneven, familial farce. Cohen Media Group is proud to present a new restoration of the timeless romance based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman. The bull fighter is played by Mario Cabré, a well known bull fighter at the time. Dream-like doesn’t really seem to do this film justice, but with emotions this high and reality seemingly this easy to bend, Pandora does play out as some sort of romance remembered. Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2015. This delirious, gorgeous romantic drama (shot by Jack Cardiff) reveals Lewin to be one of mid-century cinema's greatest stylists. One of the great unsung filmmakers of cinema’s Golden Age, Albert Lewin’s career may have only spanned six directorial efforts, but thanks to a new 4K restoration of his impossibly great Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, it’s time for an entire new generation of film fans to get caught up in his brand of impressionistic melodrama. I think it would probably be considered corny by todays ideas, but it is much more a love story than a passion story. "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman", director Albert Lewin's 1951 Brit Technicolor drama based on the legend of the 'Flying Dutchman', starring Ava Gardner, James Mason, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim, Harold Warrender, Mario Cabré and Marius Goring, will be released theatrically as a 4K restored release February 7, 2020: "...in 1930, fishermen in the small Spanish port of 'Esperanza' make a … Ava Gardner, one of the most beautiful screen goddesses of all time, plays Pandora, a woman who has never fallen in love. Each god bestowed a gift to her. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2013. Language: English | Spanish. A timeless surrealist ghost ship romance based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman. The gift Pandora bestows to the Dutchman is love. At a Costa Brava port in the 1930s, singer Pandora (Ava Gardner) meets the dashing but doomed yachtsman Captain Hendrik van der Zee (James Mason), who falls under the spell, and pushes her to commit an ultimate act of love. Blood Ceremony (1973) Blu-ray: Gothic Spanish horror, Angel Eyes (1993) Blu-ray: Steamy, erotic thriller, The Train (1964) Kino Lorber Blu-ray: Intense war thriller, The Lord of the Rings: Motion Picture Trilogy 4K Blu-ray, Blade (1998) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray: Stylish vampire classic, S.O.S. As a sixteen-year-old schoolboy I have to say the thing did not exactly overwhelm me. Not without imperfections (colours fluctuate from time to time and skin tones change), but picture is generally crisp and detailed and sound is excellent, Good work. A podcast network and website Leave Her to Heaven (The Criterion Collection), Vicious Complete DVD Gift Collection: Season 1, 2 and The Finale. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. Cohen Media Group is proud to present a new restoration of the timeless romance based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman. It’s a thrilling set piece that’s both gorgeously directed and ultimately heartbreakingly morbid. Took my friends to see it (GILDA and LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN were playing around the same time, all three in fine prints, so we were treated to a true festival of Hollywood late 40's/early 50's glamour, with three of film history's most beautiful women gracing the screen: Gardner, Hayworth, Tierney) and they were equally impressed. Great movie. Please try again. It’s a film that asks its viewers to believe in fated love, and Gardner’s expressive eyes are perfect vessels to help make that task a little easier. for fans of quality theatrical and home video releases. A timeless surrealist ghost ship romance based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman. “a staid yet outlandish star-vehicle that is also an exercise in by the book surrealism.” – NY Times, The Texas Theatre Ava Gardner, one of the most beautiful screen goddesses of all time, plays Pandora, a woman who has never fallen in love. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. It’s truly a sight to behold. The beauty of owning a movie is that I can go back and see what I may have glossed over. Mason is heartbreakingly good here as the doomed sea captain, playing the role with a strange level of humanity that makes one, even if just for the slightest moment, truly believe in this man’s harrowing curse. But James Mason and AVA Gardner what a PAIR by looking at them you think their really in love and the ending they don't do that anymore. Please try again. At a Costa Brava port in the 1930s, singer Pandora (Ava Gardner) meets the dashing but doomed yachtsman Captain Hendrik van der Zee (James Mason), who falls under the spell, and pushes her to commit an ultimate act of love. Ava Gardner, one of the most beautiful screen goddesses of all time, plays Pandora, a woman who has never fallen in love. In this case the storyline is rather depressing but still can't stop watching simply because Ava and James Mason are mesmerizing.