Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Directors Guild of America
Watching this film is like entering a strange and wonderful dream.


Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Sultry and surreal, macabre and hopelessly romantic, Ava Gardner and James Mason star in this grown-up fairy tale as lovers alternately casting or in the clutches of a powerful spell. She’s an otherworldly beauty driving men to distraction (or worse). He’s a 17th-century sea captain doomed to sail the globe for eternity— unless he can find a woman willing to sacrifice her life for love. Set in the fictional Spanish seaside town of Esperanza and boasting a luscious palette photographed by master Technicolor cameraman Jack Cardiff (Black Narcissus), Pandora unfurls with dreamlike logic somewhere between the physical and the metaphysical, sometime between modernity and antiquity.

Lovingly restored using Martin Scorsese's personal 35mm Technicolor print as a color reference, this curio turned classic has never looked so good. (Be on the lookout for a chess set designed by Man Ray, who was also the on-set photographer and portrait painter for Ava Gardner).

4K restoration completed by the Cohen Film Collection in conjunction with OCS (France), using the photochemical restoration begun by The Film Foundation in 2008. 

Screened in 2K.
Not Rated
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Repertory, Romance
Albert Lewin
Albert Lewin
Ava Gardner, James Mason, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim, Harold Warrender, Mario Cabré, Marius Goring
Nominee, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, Directors Guild of America
Andrew Pulver, Guardian

Albert Lewin's 1951 film is a heady stew: part folk-myth, part deranged love story, part flamenco documentary – it's one of those unclassifiable efforts that threaten permanently to topple over the edge of ridiculousness, but somehow manage to avoid it. Told through the punctilious tones of ...

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