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Büchse der Pandora, Die

Georg Pabst / DEUZE, 1928

Lulu is a coquette and can have her pick of men, but one encounter proves fatal. Brilliantly cast by Pabst, Louise Brooks shines as a vamp in Pabst’s adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s celebrated play about the destructive sides of seduction. With her bob haircut and emancipated air, Brooks came to epitomize the Roaring Twenties.

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Lulu wraps men around her litter finger and sends them to their ruin laughing – but will she come out if it unscathed herself? Even the seductress par excellence must have a fall; when Lulu crosses the path of none other than Jack the Ripper, her fate is sealed. “Lulu is not a real character, but the personification of a primitive sexuality who inspires evil unaware”, playwright Frank Wedekind once said about his creation.

Live musical accompaniment by Thijs Havens, front man of the Dutch indie rock band The Vagary.

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The erotica collection of Eye Filmmuseum includes no fewer than a thousand titles, but they are rarely taken off the shelf. Cinema Erotica brushes aside cinematic decorum to present an ode to lust featuring historical curios, films by contemporary artists, talks and musical performances.

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