Sunday, September 16, 2012

Denver Silent Film Festival shows Pandora's Box with Louise Brooks

Here is a scan of the oversize postcards sent out by the Denver Silent Film Festival. The Festival takes place September 21 through September 23. Louise Brooks is pictured, obliquely, on the postcard because on Sunday, September 23 the Festival will screen Pandora's Box (1929) at the King Center in Denver, Colorado. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by the great Donald Sosin. Additional details, and ticket availability, can be found here.  Today, the Denver Post ran a piece about the Festival which can be found here.

Historical footnote: Louise Brooks herself visited Denver in 1922 as a member of the Denishawn Dance Company. That was some three years before her entry into films and some six years before she left for Germany to star in Pandora's Box. Denishawn, whose company also then included Martha Graham, performed at the Denver Auditorium on the evenings of Tuesday, December 26 and Wednesday, December 27.

Prior to their two performances, the company had spent the Christmas holiday in Denver. Considered important artists, local papers reported on their activities, which included spending their off hours sewing. Ruth St. Denis also gave a special radio talk in Denver, which was quite a novelty as radio was then in its infancy. 

Reviews of the two Denishawn performances were exceptionally positive. Denver critics used words like "enchanting" and "Supreme Art," and noted that the company gave many encores. Leading "Society Folk" were reported to have attended, and one local critic reported she was "Enraptured By Rare Artistry of Denishawn Dancers."

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