Best Available DVDs
Looking for a Louise Brooks film on DVD or Blu-ray? Here are my recommendations for the best available copies of Brooks' available films in the United States. Notably, the Kino Lorber edition of Diary of a Lost Girl also includes the 1931 Brooks' short, Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (as well as an audio commentary by LBS director Thomas Gladysz). The Criterion edition of Pandora's Box includes the documentary, Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu. I do not recommend other discs you might come across as they are, generally speaking, of poorer quality. A few related documentaries follow at the end, as do a few other silent and early sound films of related interest.
A handful of Brooks' films are likewise available in Europe. As titles or formats differ, fans should check online sites in their own country for films like Lulu or La Canarina Assassinata. (The only European disc included here is Coffret Deluxe Louise Brooks 3 DVD - Loulou / Journal d'une fille perdue / Prix de beauté, a French release which contains bonus material found no where else.)
Discs without a price are out-of-print. Click the "shop now" button to check the availability of used copies. (It's worth noting that the availability of early films comes and goes, so snap them up while you can.)
Launched online in 1995, the Louise Brooks Society (www.pandorasbox.com) is a web archive and intl fan club devoted to the Jazz Age movie star known for her bobbed hair and role as Lulu in the classic silent film Pandora's Box. Brooks is also a character in the recently released film, The Chaperone, from PBS Masterpiece. This blog is authored by THOMAS GLADYSZ, Director of the LBS. Send announcements or material to share to the email address on the profile page.