"Pandora's Box" Publicity Stills (Nero Film, 1929). German Stills (9) (3.5" X 4.5"). Vintage black and white, double weight, satin finish stills. In Greek mythology, Pandora (the first woman) opened a jar, "Pandora's Box," setting loose the evils of mankind: vanity, greed, slander, envy, and pining, leaving only hope inside once she closes it again. These nine stills are from the private collection of Francis Lederer, who portrays Alwa Schon in director G. W. Pabst's eternal classic of German expressionism. What is exciting about this group of photographs, is that collectively, they give an enticing first-hand look at Gunther Krampf's brilliant cinematography, essential to the success of this film. His beginning experimentation with filters and keylights in Murnau's 1922 Nosferatu would produce the riveting atmosphere of Pandora's Box that still holds up in present-day viewing. Louise Brooks is in two of the stills, with several key scenes filling out the lot. There are sequence numbers neatly written in ink in the lower right, small surface abrasions on one, and small creases on two. There are typed and handwritten notations on the backs of all the photos. Some of the blank margins have very light spotting, and the borders are somewhat uneven, having most likely been printed on a larger page and cut apart by hand. Don't miss this chance to own these pieces of film history! Fine.

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