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Pandora and the Flying Dutchman Details

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Many cineastes consider Pandora and the Flying Dutchman as the masterpiece of filmmaker [[Performer~P99598~Albert Lewin~albertlewin]], while others write the film off as a pretentious bore. [[Performer~P25893~Ava Gardner~avagardner]] stars as Pandora Reynolds, a predatory creature who destroys the lives of all men who've been unfortunate enough to fall in love with her. Enter Hendrick van der Zee ([[Performer~P227844~James Mason~jamesmason]]), a mystical figure who proves to be Pandora's match. It turns out that van der Zee is the legendary 17th Flying Dutchman, whose spirit is doomed to wander the earth until he is able to find a woman willing to love him with all her heart -- and thereby sacrifice her own life. Further elaboration would spoil the film for potential [[Performer~P177347~Lewin~lewin]] enthusiasts. Suffice it to say that the director's many cinematic obsessions (cat figurines, Egyptology, obscure literary allusions) are exercised to their fullest potential. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 13, 1951

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Directors Guild of America Albert Lewin Best Director 1952 Nominee

Cast

James Mason
as Hendrick van der Zee
Ava Gardner
as Pandora Reynolds
Nigel Patrick
as Stephen Cameron
Sheila Sim
as Janet Fielding
Marius Goring
as Reggie Demarest
Harold Warrender
as Geoffrey Fielding
Mario Cabre
as Juan Montalvo
Patricia Raine
as Peggy Ford
Abraham Sofaer
as Judge
Eddie Leslie
as Doctor
Christina Forbes
as Nurse

Crew

Albert Lewin
Director
Albert Lewin
Producer
Albert Lewin
Screenwriter
Jack Cardiff
Cinematographer
Alan Rawsthorne
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Rawsthorne
Composer (Music Score)
John Bryan
Art Director
Tim Hopewell-Ash
Art Director
John Hawkesworth
Set Designer
Beatrice Dawson
Costume Designer
Julia Squire
Costume Designer
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