Thursday, February 24, 2011

Still Film: Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951): Bullfight scene

I did two extensive Pandora and the Flying Dutchman posts in September (you can check out part 1 here), but since the bullfighting scene was so amazing I decided to save this scene for a long third Pandora post.  What I love about this scene is the traditional clothing (heavily sequins and beaded as a man should be), the drama of the bullfighter, and the tension of the scene.  While men desire Pandora with an obsessive and unwavering focus, she is the cursed femme fatale bringing them, and her self, misfortune and the audience is already clued into that at this point, adding to the surmounting tension.  Fashion-wise in this scene, Ava Gardner is swathed in batik green fabric looking more au natural and wholesome than her usual va-va-voom role but none the less regal.  Though, this is one of the only scenes in film history that I know of where a man outshines Ava Gardner in the fashion department.


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