Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman gets a DVD and Blu-ray release next month and that should certainly delight fans of hammy old movies, for this is the most delightful of hammy old movies.

Originally released in 1951, you can’t help but notice that it is in glorious Technicolor, the heavily saturated colours reminding the viewer of a young lady who’s overdone the fake tan. The contrast must have been so much greater for the audience of the day, which was still used to seeing so much in black and white. That’s not to say that star of the show Ava Gardner isn’t looking wonderful (if a little out of focus); she is the the most wonderful femme fatale, for whom absolutely every man must fall.

The film is very much of a time before film acting had really taken off and depends heavily on its narrator. So we feel we are having a story read to us and are continually told what the characters are thinking and feeling rather than shown.

So its curiosity, but a curiosity worth spending a couple of hours with.

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