Pandora and the Flying Dutchman PG

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From the archive

This film was last shown on 30 November 2023

The Technicolor films of Powell and Pressburger left an indelible mark on the world of cinema, and the run of A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes with legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff were particularly influential.

Showroom Cinema is proud to present a trio of Cardiff’s post-Red Shoes Technicolor works, beginning with 1951’s Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, which also features familiar P&P faces Sheila Sim (A Canterbury Tale) and Marius Goring (The Spy in Black, A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes).

Albert Lewin’s lushly romantic film is a retelling of the often-told legend of the sea, featuring the stunningly glamorous Ava Gardner stars in the titular role. Her Pandora falls for the charismatic James Mason as Hendrik, a 17th-century seaman eternally condemned to sail the oceans.

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman has been lovingly restored and will be played from the 4K DCP.

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Albert Lewin
2 hours 4 minutes
Ava Gardner, James Mason, Mario Cabré, Marius Goring, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim


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