Saturday, August 31, 2002

LBS anniversary

In August of 2002, the Louise Brooks Society (www.pandorasbox.com) celebrates its seventh year online. And sometime this month, the website will also enjoy its 750,000th visitor.

Begun in 1995, the LBS has grown to become the largest, most popular and most comprehensive website devoted to any silent film star. (It is also one of the oldest silent film websites on the internet.) The site now contains more than 200 pages of material, and serves as home to the Louise Brooks Society - the world's first "virtual fan club." At last count, its approximately 1100 members hail from 43 countries on six continents.

In its seven year history, the LBS has been recommended by the Encyclopedia Brittanica's "Brittanica Internet Guide," featured on the Microsoft Network's "One Click Away," as well as being named an USA Today Hot Site, Open Directory Cool Site, Celebrity Site of the Day,  Hollywood Site of the Week, and Yahoo "Desert Island Pick." And just last month, in an article about Louise Brooks, the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper in Germany referred to the LBS website as "exemplary." [ See www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/stz/page/detail.php/218213 ]

And as always, new material is added on an on-going basis. Look for more material in the coming weeks and months.

Thursday, August 8, 2002

Anniversary / News of Lulu

Louise Brooks died of a heart attack during the night of August 8th, 1985. She was seventy-eight years old. This year marks the seventeenth anniversary of her passing. Why not watch a film or video or DVD in remembrance.

Also on August 8th, News of Lulu - the newsletter of the Louise Brooks Society, was sent out to all members. A few additional vintage citations were added to various film bibliographies; these entries were gathered from Le Figaro and the Manchester Guardian. And - for fun - a new collection of links, Around the World with Louise Brooks, has been added to the News of Lulu website. Also, a few pages were added to the filmography section.

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Film screenings

Pandora's Box will be shown in Chicago at the Gateway Theatre (5216 W. Lawrence Avenue) on Friday, August 9 at 8:00 pm. There will be live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott. For details see www.silentfilmchicago.com/festival2002.htm

The Walter Read Theater at Lincoln Center (at W. 65th St.) in New York City will be screening Diary of a Lost Girl on Saturday, August 10 at 9 pm. The screening will feature live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin.

The Cleveland Institute of Art's Cinematheque will show Diary of a Lost Girl on Saturday, August 24 at 9:30 pm. Lingua - a three-member band consisting of musicians Dan Bode (harmonica), Al Moses (guitar), and Rick Kodramaz (bass) -- will perform a new musical score. More info can be found at www.cia.edu/campuslife/cinematheque/julaug02.asp#diary

Friday, August 2, 2002

New citations added to bibliographies

Additional vintage citations were added to various film bibliographies; these entries were gathered from three California newspapers, the Modesto News-Herald, Fresno Bee and Daily Californian - the later being the student newspaper at the University of California at Berkeley.
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