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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

LOUISE BROOKS

When I think of Louise Brooks, the first thing that comes to mind is that haunting final scene in Pandora's Box (1929). Brooks portrays a reckless young woman named Lulu, who is eventually driven to prostitution on the London streets. On Christmas Eve, she inadvertently invites a man to her room who turns out to be a killer (supposedly Jack the Ripper). There is an incredible innocence and poignancy in the way Brooks plays this scene.....finding a desperately-needed solace in the arms of the man who kills her.

Louise Brooks (1906-1985) was an American actress and dancer. She made 17 silent films and 8 sound films. Three of her most memorable films were made in Europe under the guidance of German director G.W.Pabst (Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl, and Miss Europe).

Fiercely independent and destructively reckless, Brooks retired from films in 1938 and eventually drifted into alcoholism and obscurity. She worked as a dance instructor, a sales clerk at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, and also became a "call girl" (ironically, like the film character Lulu).

Her faded fame was revitalized when her memoirs, Lulu in Hollywood, were published in 1982. Louise Brooks died of a heart attack in 1985.

 Louise Brooks and Gustav Diessl in the final scene from Pandora's Box (1929)































Brooks in later years




4 comments:

  1. Never heard of her, but she was a beautiful girl and still a very handsome woman in her later years, too. Quite a fragile looking waif when she was young.

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  2. A hauntingly beautiful woman even as she aged. Such a sad story her life became.

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  3. She was a beautiful woman, and the photographers did an outstanding job of capturing her classic beauty in the ways they posed her.

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  4. What an absolute stunner! Maybe it's my age, Jon, but my favorite photo here is of "Brooks in later years". What indestructibly fine facial features!

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