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PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN - DVD Movie
There are few films that can be acclaimed as truly mad, but Pandora and the Flying Dutchman stands rather wonderfully in this category. Its combination of lust and erudition is inspired by mythology but seems peopled by characters from some hybrid novel co-authored by Somerset Maugham and Ernest Hemingway. Pandora Reynolds (Ava Gardner) is a singer in a coastal town in Spain, where her hobby is attracting the devoted love of powerful men made helpless in her presence. (A race-car driver blithely pushes his one-of-a-kind vehicle over a cliff, just to earn her trust.) While fending off other suitors, including a bullfighter, she becomes intrigued by the mystery man (James Mason) whose yacht is moored offshore. Since he is Dutch, perhaps he is related to the mythical, immortal Flying Dutchman? Don't think it can't happen in this overheated affair. Gardner and Mason are not at their best (she looks ultra-glamorous, of course), but their movie-star wattage is high. The real star is the Technicolor cinematography by the great Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes); the throbbing colors are just right for the unreal scenario playing out before us. Writer-director Albert Lewin, probably best known for his Picture of Dorian Gray, had a literary bent, and in this movie that means people are constantly planting their feet and reciting snippets of poetry toward the moonlit sea. Somehow this fits in perfectly with the rest of the delirium. --Robert Horton
I saw this years ago as a movie and have never forgotten it. It has a mainly gentle fairytale feeling, It moves sometimes slowly, and is more about the various meanings of love... Read morePublished 16 days ago by A. MacGregor
Nearly seven decades on, this one just gets better with each viewing. I've little to add to the other positive reviews here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bryan
Pandora and the flying Dutchman is told as a flashback. When the movie starts two bodies are discovered on the beach after a big storm. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bwhami
I would love to purchase the script form this film. Very romanticPublished 2 months ago by greekgoddess
This movie was a real surprise. I saw it one evening on the movie channel and I liked it so much that I decided to buy for my collection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Oldbbcoach
I saw this movie on tv many years ago and I really enjoyed it. Ava Gardner plays a spoiled, rich girl and James Mason is the cursed sailor called the Dutchman who is condemned to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Fournier
been wanting this film for a long time. good to get it re-mastedPublished 3 months ago by rosalie caulfield
I love the love story... which is why I bought in the first place.
Ava Gardner is everything that people have raved about for years in this, her first movie.