A look at videos of ''Sudden Fear'' and ''Pandora and the Flying Dutchman''

By Lawrence O'Toole
Updated February 09, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST
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Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

type
  • Movie

As these video premieres lavishly attest, high glamour peaked during mid-century Hollywood. The tip-top film noir Sudden Fear, in which a sleazy actor (Palance) and his girlfriend (Gloria Grahame) plot to murder an heiress (Crawford), is as concerned with fabulous looks as it is with Crawford outwitting her would-be killers. Besides the sharp suits and jewels, there are separate makeup credits for Crawford and Palance. A real curio — a studio art film — Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is ostensibly about the power of love: A yachtsman (Mason) wanders the seas in a ghost ship until he finds a woman willing to die for him. But it’s actually about close-ups and lipstick, as a chanteuse (Gardner) drives suitors to their deaths on the Spanish Riviera. Struck from the best available print, the image is still faded and scratched, dimming the highfalutin carryings-on.
Fear: A- Pandora: C+

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • UNRATED
runtime
  • 122 minutes
director
  • Albert Lewin

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