Partly based on the folk tale of the same name, PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN is a painstakingly researched film that eventually gets too somber and sinks. The picture begins with two bodies being washed up on the Spanish coast and then proceeds to explain that Gardner, an expatriate
American living in 1930s Spain, is a devil-may-care type who lacks the emotional ability to return any of the love that men lavish on her. She is stoic when a young man takes his own life over her, then she decides to marry Patrick, a race driver, more on an impulse than as a considered decision.
However, before she can say "I do," she notes a large boat in the harbor, swims out to s...