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Monday, November 13, 2006

Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985)

Greenbriar Picture Shows writes about Louise Brooks (Tomorrow, November 14 is the Brooks centennial): "There’s a lot about Louise Brooks to appeal to the college sophomore in everyone. She spoke her mind, never suffered fools, walked out when she got bored, and so forth. She also got to be the hottest woman in the room, if not the universe, for a handful of years until that attitude of hers brought down the curtain and exiled this most self-destructive gal in the whole of American show-business to a menial life unworthy of such an instinctive acting genius. Well, there’s a mouthful, but how else do you sum up the object of such fervent cult enthusiasm? ...
... One thing’s sure --- she’s the blinding light among silent contemporaries whose images have not weathered the years nearly so well. You wonder what Paramount was thinking in the late twenties. Did they not have eyes to see? There was nobody like Louise. Not even Clara Bow. Maybe it’s only in hindsight that you can appreciate such a truly distinctive talent. There’s an abiding dream among fans to somehow go back in time and rescue Louise from the philistines. How could those moguls have overlooked such artistry in their midst --- especially with the looks she had? ..."

Continue reading the article here.

From Georg Wilhelm Pabst's 'Die Büchse der Pandora' (Pandoras Box) - The whole court scene:

"...The greek gods created a woman: Pandora. She was beautiful - lovely - could infatuate art......but the gods gave him a box, in whitch they closed all evil. The female imprudent opened the box and all evil came over us! ..."

Be sure to also check out The Louise Brooks Society Portrait Galleries: Jazz baby.

See some more movie clips and read some interesting articles and essays over at Das Mädchen Lulu.