"Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" (1951)

Rented this film “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman” after reading a plug for it in the RE/Search book of Conversations with J.G. Ballard. Starring Ava Gardner and James Mason, set in Spain on the Mediterranean coast, it does have some rather surreal aspects. Ava as Pandora is a willful beauty who can get men to do just about anything; James Mason as the Flying Dutchman is a ‘ghost’ trying to make up for a past misdeed. Scenes of a race car going for a land speed record, a bullfight, odd sculptures, Ava swimming out to the Dutchman’s yacht. Kind of fun, though the color quality varies – it could use a good restoration.

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