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Pandora’s Box follows the rise and fall of Lulu, a showgirl who goes into hiding after a murder accusation threatens to ruin her.  In this movie, anyone is corruptible, and Lulu is probably at the heart of that corruption.

Pandora’s Box, 1929
Starring: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer
Directed by: G. W. Pabst
Why to watch it: Louise Brooks is made of dynamite.  While the storyline forces her character into the role of an amoral hedonist, Brooks’ performance itself challenges this pigeonholing.

Pandora’s Box Playlist Contains:
1. You Better Change, Alberta Hunter
2. Let’s Have a Party / Amos Milburn
3. Maple Leaf Rag, Jelly Roll Morton
4. Well Well Well, Lucinda Williams
5. 12th Street Rag, Louis Armstrong & Jack Teagarden
6. The Flirt, Shirley & Lee
7. What is This Thing Called Love, Sidney Bechet
8. Lulu’s Back in Town, Fats Waller
9. Be Bop a Lula, Gene Vincent
10. Any Old Time, Helen Forrest & Artie Shaw
11. When They Fight, They Fight / The Generationals
12. Tain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do, Bessie Smith
13. Pennies from Heaven, Billie Holiday
14. Moi Je Joue, Brigitte Bardot
15. I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Ethel Waters
16. Aba Daba Honeymoon, Helen Kane
17. Pitseleh, Elliott Smith
18. Frankie & Johnny, Ethel Waters
19. Careless Love Blues, Bessie Smith
20. Moanin’ Low, Billie Holiday
21. Sweet Adeline, Elliott Smith
22. Alligator Crawl, Fats Waller
23. Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Solomon Burke
24. I Am Nothing, Nellie McKay
25. Nude, Radiohead
26. Any Old Actress, Rasputina
27. Smoke and Mirrors, RJD2
28. Drunken Hearted Man, Robert Johnson
29. Ten Cents a Dance, Ruth Etting
30. Que Sera Sera, Sly & the Family Stone
31. None of Us Are Free, Solomon Burke
32. Cause I Feel Low Down, Sophie Tucker
33. Anywhere I Lay My Head, Tom Waits
34. Ain’t Got Nobody to Grind my Coffee, Clara Smith
35. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out, LaVern Baker
36. Slim’s Return, Madlib
37. Mr. E. Leon Rauis, Rasputina
38. Mood Indigo, Sidney Bechet
39. The Sun ain’t Shining No More, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

Stream mix here, or watch a selection of clips from the film/mix on youtube.


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