Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Louise Brooks Society is on Twitter @LB_Society

The Louise Brooks Society is on Twitter @LB_Society. In fact, the LBS is followed by more than 2,700 fans and other interested individuals. Are you one of them? Be sure and check out the LBS Twitter profile, and check out the more than 4,700 LBS tweets so far!

 

Louise Brooks ✪

@LB_Society

Louise Brooks Society - all about the silent film & Jazz Age icon who played Lulu in Pandora's Box. Visit our website, blog & online radio station!

Joined January 2009
Born on November 14, 1995

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TCM airs two Louise Brooks films today



As part of its special "From Caligari to Hitler" series, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to air two Louise Brooks films later today. Pandora's Box (1929) is set for 8:00 pm, followed by Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) at 10:30 pm. Check your local listings for local times.  More information can be found HERE.


To learn more about these films, visit the Louise Brooks Society film pages devoted to either Pandora's Box or Diary of a Lost Girl.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Louise Rutkowski, Diary of a Lost Girl, album taster


Attention fans of Louise Brooks and fans of contemporary music: Here is an album taster from the Louise Rutkowski recording Diary of a Lost Girl (released February 21, 2014). The artist is an acknowledged fan of the actress.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Louise Brooks - More Visions of Beauty, from 1940

Two years after Louise Brooks retired from film (and she was largely forgotten by the American public), her name was still evoked as an example of beauty. This two page article dates from 1940.







Sunday, April 24, 2016

In the kitchen with Louise Brooks' friends - part 2

Celebrity newspaper columns devoted to recipes as well as celebrity cookbooks were commonplace during the silent film era. The Louise Brooks Society archive contains a few recipes and menus attributed to Louise Brooks. Here is part two of a two part series devoted to recipes from Louise Brooks' friends and colleagues.

First up is Chester Conklin, a bushy mustached silent era comedian who appeared i the 1926 Brooks film, A Social Celebrity. Here, he contributes his recipe for a Yorkshire Tart.



And here is another silent era comedian, the great Charlie Chaplin, with whom Brooks had an intimate friendship in the summer of 1925. Here's Chaplin's recipe for an apple roll.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

In the kitchen with Louise Brooks' friends - part 1

Celebrity newspaper columns devoted to recipes as well as celebrity cookbooks were commonplace during the silent film era. The Louise Brooks Society archive contains a few recipes and menus attributed to Louise Brooks. Here is part one of a two part series devoted to recipes from Louise Brooks' friends and colleagues.

First up is Ruth St. Denis, who along with Ted Shawn headed the Denishawn Dance Company during the two seasons the teenage Brooks toured with the famed troupe. It is known that the company ate together on occassion, once even at Brooks' parent's house in Wichita, Kansas. I wonder if Ruthie ever made Chicken Creole for her company?


And next is Blanche Ring, an American singer and actress in Broadway theatre productions, musicals, and motion pictures. She acted in the 1926 Brooks' film It's the Old Army Game, which was directed by her nephew Eddie Sutherland, who shortly after married Louise Brooks.

At one time, Blanche Ring was married to Charles Winninger, who acted in the 1931 Brooks' film, God's Gift to Women. Her sister Frances Ring was married to Thomas Meighan, the popular silent film actor who starred in 1927 Brooks' film, The City Gone Wild.


Be sure and check back tomorrow for recipes from Charlie Chaplin and Chester Conklin.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Louise Brooks declared second most beautiful woman by Carl Van Doren

Back in 1929, a syndicated article ran in newspapers in which the noted literary critic and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Carl Van Doren declared Louise Brooks the second most beautiful woman in the world. Carl Van Doren was also the brother of critic Mark Van Doren and the uncle of Charles Van Doren, who was famously involved in a television quiz show scandal in the 1950s. Unfortunately, this instance of the article has the wrong image for Brooks.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Rare Louise Brorks product card

You remember Louise Brorks? She starred in such memorable films as Rolled Socks (1927), The Canard Murder Case (1929), and Diary of a Lost Grill (1929).

This scarce tobacco card was recently offered on eBay. It was issued in the early 1930s in Uruguay by Julio Mailhos with "Crack" cigarillos. From a series D of 50 Movie Stars; stamped on reverse, assuming this was a redemption offer. (Star's name miss-spelt on front and reverse.)


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The United States Coast Guard visits A Girl in Every Port

From the Louise Brooks Society archive, this rare image depicting the the United States Coast Guard visiting a screening of A Girl in Every Port (1928), starring Victor McLaglen and an All Star cast (including Richard Armstrong, Louise Brooks, Sally Rand, Myrna Loy, Maria Casajuana and others). My vintage print of this images measures over 29 inches wide and 10 inches tall.




Monday, April 18, 2016

Beautiful art deco Louise Brooks portrait

For your enjoyment and appreciation, a beautiful art deco Louise Brooks portrait, circa 1927 / 1928.




Sunday, April 17, 2016

Louise Brooks asks just how short is a short skirt?

From the Louise Brooks Society archive, a rare newspaper advertisement: "How short is a short skirt? says Louise Brooks, movie darling. Let it be short enough to take advantage of all good points -- if any."


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Louise Brooks: Beauty in the Breakdown

Here is another musical video tribute to Louise Brooks, titled "Louise Brooks: Beauty in the Breakdown." I am not sure who the artist is.

The description read: Uploaded on Apr 11, 2009
 
Louise Brooks. Brooksie. Lulu. A tribute to the actress, icon, writer, timeless beauty, free spirit, dancer, ahead of her time, and all around fabulous Louise, with clips from Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl and the documentary Looking for Lulu. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Television series, Hollywood and the Stars

I came across this early 1963 newspaper advertisement for the short-lived television series, Hollywood and the Stars, narrated by Joseph Cotten. A little digging led me to discover the series is available on YouTube. I love documentary histories of Hollywood, and the earlier the better: older histories of early Hollywood are especially revealing, as perceptions of the past change as well. THis series and other like it are really about how Hollywood sees itself, and in the early 1960's, it really didn't see the silent film era.


Here is the embedded video to the one of the episodes, "Hollywood & the Stars: The Wild and Wonderful Thirties." Look it up on YouTube to find the rest. The series doesn't seem to have covered the silent era, but did look at early comedians and horror films and a handful of contemporary actors, as well as the period after the coming of sound.



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Silent era stars speak! includes Louise Brooks

They have voices then too. Here silent film stars speak in this YouTube compilation, which includes Louise Brooks, Lon Chaney, Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino, Nita Naldi, Buster Keaton, Theda Bara, and Clara Bow.



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

1920s Jazzmania Quintette


From YouTube: A late 1920's eccentric musical medley short film featuring Georgie Stoll, who became a well known bandleader.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Louise Brooks for Lux Toilet Soap

Louise Brooks appeared in many advertisements for Lux Toilet Soap, including this one from 1929. She was in good company, which suggests to me both her beauty and her popularity was seen to rank with the others stars pictured in this advertisement.


Friday, April 8, 2016

Louise Brooks grande vedette


A 1929 article from a French publication.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Beggars of Life to screen at San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Beggars of Life is the opening night presentation at this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival! The acclaimed 1928 Louise Brooks' film will be shown on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm at the historic Castro Theater, with live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. More information, including ticket availability, may be found at HERE.

Beggars of Life first showed at the Castro Theater on February 17, 1929. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival screened it 2007.


The SF Silent Film Festival site notes "Louise Brooks, in her best American film, is luminous as a freight-train-hopping runaway who dresses in a flat cap and trousers to escape capture by the police. She joins up with young vagabond Richard Arlen, and along the way they encounter a hobo encampment and its charismatic leader, played by Wallace Beery in a performance that Brooks later called “a little masterpiece.” William A. Wellman, whose Wings (1927) had just won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture, directs with nuance and grace."

Check out Wayne Shellabarger's groovy art for the Silent Film Festival schedule. I hope this becomes a poster!


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Turner Classic Movies to air Louise Brooks #silentfilm double bill



As part of its special "From Caligari to Hitler" series, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to air two Louise Brooks films on April 27th. Pandora's Box (1929) is set for 8:00 pm, followed by Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) at 10:30 pm. Check your local listings for local times.  More information can be found HERE.


To learn more about these films, visit the Louise Brooks Society film pages devoted to either Pandora's Box or Diary of a Lost Girl.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Louise Brooks Society on Twitter

The Louise Brooks Society is on Twitter @LB_Society. In fact, the LBS is followed by more than 2,700 fans and other interested individuals. Are you one of them? Be sure and check out the LBS Twitter profile, and check out the more than 4,700 LBS tweets so far!


Louise Brooks ✪

@LB_Society

Louise Brooks Society - all about the silent film & Jazz Age icon who played Lulu in Pandora's Box. Visit our website, blog & online radio station!

Joined January 2009
Born on November 14, 1995
326 Photos and videos 

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Week's News, a humor column by Buster Keaton

From 1922, the "Week's News", a humor column by Buster Keaton, along with other bits from the time, including a few words about the Denishawn Dance Company, with which Louise Brooks was on tour.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Diary of a Lost Girl two months from today

The 1929 Louise Brooks film Diary of a Lost Girl will be screened two months from today -- that is June 3rd, 2016 at the Leominster Theatre and Cinema at the Leominster Community Centre in England (that's south of Liverpool. west of Manchester, and north of Bristol. Wurlitza will provide live musical accompaniment.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lulu in Hollywood photo composition by Hal Wilson


Here is something rather nifty, a photo composition entitled "Lulu in Hollywood." It is by Hal Wilson.

Wilson stated, "I guess you could say I make “Photo Compositions”. In the wee hours of the morning I'll be clipping images from vintage pictures (primarily from the Library of Congress). I take the parts that I like and move them around. A flapper-girl happily sitting in a treehouse-speakeasy might find herself transported into an oyster boat off Virginia.  Poor dear.

I became intrigued with Louise Brooks while researching techniques of classic Hollywood photography. From all the movie stars in the heavens (Garbo, Gable, Bogart or Bacall) it is Louise Brooks who appears on the front cover of John Kobal's Hollywood Glamour Portraits. I have a little crush on Lulu."

How many of the individuals in the above composition can you name?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Louise Brooks Silent Film Star on 3min Late Night talk Show

I don't understand the point of it all . . . but here ya go, another faux interview: "Louise Brooks Silent Film Star on 3min Late Night talk Show." Published on March 24, 2016, and featuring Sarah Quiroz and North Roberts, who "welcomes dead silent film era star Louise Brooks to the studio."

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