• michaelakoert

Pandora's Box (1929)

Updated: Oct 16, 2020


Crime / Drama / Indie / Melodrama / Romance / Silent


TW: Abuse, Death or Dying, Sexual Assault

Worth Watching? No

Bechdel Test: Pass

Race Bechdel Test: Fail

Major LGBT Tropes: Even The Girls Want Her, Depraved Bisexual

Synopsis (from imdb): The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

My thoughts: This is evidently hailed as an "unsung classic of the silent era", but I am not a fan. Putting aside the fact that the Sapphic subplot is piss poor and results in the apparent attempted rape of the lesbian, the treatment of women in this film is violent and infuriating. I found nothing about this movie to be redeeming, other than some very sexy ye olde lesbian shots.

 

Queer Body Count: 1

Straight Body Count: 1

Total Queer Body Count: 1 (33%)

Total Straight Body Count: 1 (8%)


Queer Sexual Violence Victim Count: 2

Straight Sexual Violence Victim Count: 0

Total Queer Sexual Violence Victim Count: 2 (67%)

Total Straight Sexual Violence Victim Count: 0

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