Actress Dorothy Mackaill said of Louise “She was a peculiar girl, odd, different but she was damned attractive, and I’d say good-humoured, not difficult about it all. She used to laugh and shrug her shoulders and say ‘the hell with it’. But they got what they wanted. All they had to do with Brooksie was turn the camera on.” There really was no one like Louise and we’re dedicating our twentieth episode to this enigmatic dancer turned actress turned writer. We discuss 3 of her finest films: Pandora’s Box (1929), The Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) and Prix de beauté (1930).
Brooks, L. (1982) Lulu in Hollywood New York: Knopf.
Eisner, Lotte. (1952) The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt: University of California Press
Bright Lights Film Journal [Available at: brightlightsfilm.com/martyrdom-lulu-louise-brooks- 100/#.WWSi7YTyvIU].
Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) Dir. G.W. Pabst [DVD] Pabst-Film.
Pandora’s Box (1929) Dir. G.W. Pabst [DVD] Süd-Film.
Paris, B. (1989) Louise Brooks New York: Knopf.
Prix de Beauté (1930). Dir. Augusto Genina [internet archive] Sofar-Film.