Die Büchse der Pandora (1929)

Germany, 1929
100m, 133m (restored version), 3200 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

A German film with horror sequences directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst.

Plot Summary

Lulu is a dancer and prostitute whose wayward life is about to take a horrific turn when she meets Jack the Ripper.


Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Nero-Film AG
Producer: Seymour Nebenzal
Script: Joseph Fleisler, Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Ladislaus Vajda
Plays: Erdgeist and Die Büchse der Pandora by Frank Wedekind
Assistant Director: Marc Sorkin
Director of Photography: Günther Krampf
Music: Timothy Brock
Art Directors: Andrej Andrejew, Gottlieb Hesch
Studio: Nero-Film Studio, Berlin, Germany

Louise Brooks (Lulu)
Fritz Kortner (Dr Peter Schön)
Franz Lederer (Alwa Schön)
Carl Goetz (Schigolch)
Carl Raschig (Rodrigo Quast)
Alice Roberts (Countess Anna Geschwitz)
Gustav Diesel (Jack the Ripper)

Alternative Titles

A Boceta de Pandora – Portugal
A Caixa de Pandora – Brazil
le caja de Pandora – Argentina, Venezuela
Loulou – Canada (French), France
Pandora szelencéje – Hungary
Pandoran lipas – Finland
Pandoras æske – Denmark
Pandora’s Box – UK, USA
Il vaso di Pandora – Italy

Lulu (1962)

Extracts included in
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1996)
Lulu in Berlin (1984)
Precious Images (1986)

See also
Dark City (1998)
The Witches (1990)



  • Monthly Film Bulletin no.484 (May 1974) – credits, synopsis, review

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide p.14 – illustrated listing