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Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
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The 1951 MGM film "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" brings the ancient legend to modern times.
Part of the story has an scholar trying to identify some ancient coins using coin catalogs.
 
The film stars James Mason as Hendrik van der Zee, the Flying Dutchman, and Ava Gardner as Pandora,
a woman who falls in love with him.
 
One small part of the film has an archaelogist ask the Dutchman about an old coin,
and several scenes show coins and coin catalogs.
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
1. Title
 
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
2. Esperanza town beach
 
The film starts in the Spanish coast town of Esperanza in 1930, before the Fascist takeover.
 
A number of British expatriates live there, along with the beautiful American woman,
Pandora Reynolds. Although many men have pursued Pandora, she has never found a man to love,
and enjoys making her boyfriends give up things for her.
 
Archaeologist Stephen Cameron is one of the group, he also narrates the film.
 
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
3. Stephen working in his study
 
Stephen is a man of many interests, including numismatics.
 
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
4. Pandora
 
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
5. Pandora in Geoffrey's race car
 
Pandora tells British race car driver Stephen Cameron that she will marry him in six
months if he pushes his racecar off a cliff into the ocean.
 
A yacht arrives in the harbor, and Pandora, intrigued, swims out to the boat.
On board she meets the reserved Hendrik van der Zee, who does not respond to her charms.
He is civil to her, and she invites him to join her group.
 
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
6. Pandora meets Hendrik
 
Geoffrey finds that Hendrik is more knowledgable about antiquities than he is,
and decides to ask Hendrik for help in identifying a coin.
 
He never gets the coin identified as he finds Hendrik and Pandora together.
 
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7. Stephen holding coin to show Hendrik
 
Stephen leaves and his maid takes a coffee break at his table.
 
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8. Stephen's maid sits at desk
 
The desk is covered with coin catalogs, and there is a tray of coins (ancient?).
 
Stephen takes to coin over to Hendrik's land residence but finds Pandora there.
He heads back home to work on another project.
 
Geoffrey has an old 17th century manuscript, supposedly an autobiography of the Flying Dutchman.
He asks Hendrik for help in translating it to English, and while translating the book,
 
Hendrik narrates the story of the Dutchman, without referring to the book, and Geoffrey
realizes that Hendrik is the Dutchman.
 
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
9. Hendrik translates the Dutchman's book
 
Coin catalogs and coin trays are on the table.
 
Hendrik was the captain of a Dutch sailing ship in the early 17th century.
He came back from a voyage and suspected that his young beautiful wife had been unfaithful.
In a rage, he stabbed her to death.
 
For this he is cursed to live forever and sail the seas until a woman is willing to die for him.
Every seven years he is allowed to come ashore for six months to search for the lady.
 
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
10. Pandora wears a coin medallion
 
Pandora is wearing a medallion which looks like an ancient coin with the amphora design.
 
The Dutchman's six months are up and he moves back onto his boat.
Geoffrey, thinking that Hendrik has sailed away, loans Pandora the translated manuscript.
 
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11. Pandora reads story of the Dutchman
 
Coin catalogs are still on the table but have been straightened up.
 
Hendrik's boat is still in the harbor and Pandora goes out to join him.
 
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12. Pandora and Hendrik on board his boat
 
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
13. Pandora decides to give her life for love
 
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
14. Omar Khayyám's Rubáiyát ends the story
 
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
Notes:
 
Cast:
James Mason as Hendrik van der Zee
Ava Gardner as Pandora Reynolds
Nigel Patrick as Stephen Cameron
 
Director: Albert Lewin
Writer: Albert Lewin
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