if PANDORA is a surrealist film, it represents a flabby, middle-aged strain of surrealism. There's no unconscious anywhere in sight--every detail has been deliberated within an inch of its life. The romance between Ava Gardner and James Mason is too mechanistic and rehearsed to qualify as l'amour fou. And yet... there's really nothing else like PANDORA, no film so confident in its high-flown gibberish, no commercial feature so indifferent to its audience.
...One of my all-time favorite examples of Hollywood romanticism, glamor, and lushness (as well as Technicolor)...