Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Recently, I screened "Pandora's Box" (1928, Pabst) as part of my research. Brilliantly directed by G. W. Pabst, the film introduced me to the charismatic & luminous spirit of Louise Brooks. The film drew me into the sordid world of grimey players, underground misfits, and desperate hearts. A serial killer even figures into this spoiled stew. Pathos, drama, suspense, and intrigue ensues -- with poignant moments of comedy. But, it is Louise Brooks' captivating performance as Lulu which is transcendent and quixotically powerful. Her unbridled innocence with which she imbues her character is matched only by the marvelous way she embraces this new medium... Film! The silver nitrate simply loves her. I was transfixed -- and you will be too!

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