G. W. Pabst, 1929
Sunday Sep 23, at 7:00 pm at The King Center
Directed by: G. W. Pabst
Live musical accompaniment by: Donald Sosin
The sexually provocative American actress Louise Brooks, known as Lulu, was one of the distinctive presences of the silent period. Here, her character’s careless eroticism drives others to distraction (and then some).
(1906 - 1985) was born in Kansas, and she died in Rochester, N.Y., where she’d been brought by James Card, the head of the archive at George Eastman House (and one of the founders of the Telluride Film Festival). Brooks was developing an acting career in this country, but she went to Europe and made several startling films, punctuated by her trademark severe hair style that now seems perfect for black and white film. She’s a knockout in two German films –Diary of a Lost Girl and Pandora’s Box – but when she returned to the United States, her career faltered. In 1984, the fine documentarist Ricky Leacock made a film about her, Lulu in Berlin.