Thursday, February 15, 2007

Lulu at Harvard

Pandora's Box will be shown at Harvard University on Tuesday, February 20. Showtime is 7 pm. The film is being shown with live piano accompaniment as part of a series of "Silent Film Classics." More information can be found on the sponsor website.

From the Harvard Film Archive website: "In Pandora's Box , Louise Brooks provides one of the great performances of the silent era as Lulu, the hedonistic but otherwise innocent prostitute who unwittingly brings down all who come into contact with her. Released just as sound films began to flood the market, Pandora's Box had multiple problems with the censors as well: Lulu sleeps with a father and his son, gambles, lies, and befriends cinema's first sympathetic lesbian. Panned and forgotten in its own time, it was rediscovered in the 1950s when numerous film historians agreed thatPandora's Box was a masterpiece and Brooks, a minor star best known for her black helmet haircut, a major talent."

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