Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (Empire Review)

PandoraSquareAva Gardner gives her most magnetic performance as Pandora Reynolds, an American nightclub singer vacationing in 1930s Spain, to whom men swarm like bees to honey, and whose diffidence is easily mistaken for cruelty. Then, into Pandora’s elegantly wasted life sails a mysterious stranger (Mason), whose true identity – there’s a clue in the title – is slowly revealed, along with the grandly mythic premise: if only the death of the woman he loves can secure the doomed mariner’s salvation, is it too high a price to pay? In the hands of celebrated cinematographer Jack Cardiff, Albert Lewin’s deliriously romantic, richly woven tapestry becomes a Technicolor dream, fully deserving of this digitally restored re-release.

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