Bitter Moon (1992) – Roman Polanski

The final recommendation for Pandora’s Box from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, is this darkly comic study of sex, desire, greed and cruelty from Roman Polanski. Nigel (Hugh Grant) and Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas) have been married for seven years, and are on a Mediterranean cruise as an anniversary present, and…

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) – Albert Lewin

The recommendations following Pandora’s Box in Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is this romantic fantasy drama starring Ava Gardner and James Mason in the titular roles and both of them are seeking a form of redemption and salvation. Gardner as Pandora, for me, is extremely unlikable character, cold, manipulative, and quite willing to…

Black Narcissus (1947) – Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

The next recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following Pandora’s Box, is this 1947 classic starring Deborah Kerr, based on Rumer Godden’s novel. A rundown palace, remotely positioned in the Himalayan mountains is the new location for a hospital and school to be run by a small group of nuns, led by newly commissioned Mother Superior,…

Laura (1944) – Otto Preminger

  The recommendations in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for the title Pandora’s Box allowed me a chance to see this classic, which I had never sat down to view before. Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is working the homicide of the lovely Laura (Gene Tierney) in this wonderful noir title….

Sunrise – A Tale of Two Humans (1927) – F.W. Murnau

  Following on the tail of Pandora’s Box, this recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film,a splendidly filmed silent movie, is a moving and involving drama, that follows two characters on their rediscovery of their love for one another, and the threat of its loss. Set in a small village, frequented by city dwellers,…

Pandora’s Box (1929) – Georg Wilhelm Pabst

  The next dramatic title to be highlighted in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is this silent German film, starring Louise Brooks. Unfortunately, this is the first title I’ve come across in this book that didn’t really captivate me, I watched it, but I didn’t love it. I’m not sure what it…