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June 10, 1986|TERRY ATKINSON | Compiled by Terry Atkinson

"Pandora's Box." Embassy. $29.95. Vivacious, intelligent and unfathomable, Louise Brooks looms as an even more intriguing actress of the late silent era than Garbo for some film enthusiasts. In this 1929 G. W. Pabst-directed German classic, Brooks' femme fatale --the most notable role of her too-brief career--is a twist on the vamps of the time: She naively inspires evil. The often quite silly story (Lulu's men include Jack the Ripper!), the sexual tension, remarkable tableaux of stunningly framed shots and the one-of-a-kind star performance are retained in a very good if not pristine print, nicely scored. 1/2

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