Classic Hollywood/Hollywood's Golden Age(Was: The Best Of Everything)
Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:29 PM
Apparently it was Henri Langois who brought her image back to life in an 1955 exhibition “Sixty Years of Cinema” where it was displayed prominently ("She embodies in herself all that the cinema rediscovered in its last years of silence: complete naturalness and complete simplicity."). It impressed Jean Luc Godard who based the look of Anna Karina’s character in "Vivre sa vie" on it.
Brooks worked with Wellman and Hawks ("Girl in Every Port") and was imported by Pabst into Germany, where there were few established stars, and appeared there in a film that gets a considerable space in books on Weimar film and culture, well before Berg's version of the Wedekind play.
I don't remember the quote exactly, but far as what she actually did as an actress, Lotte Eisner is sort of in perplexed agreement with dirac.
A perfect Brooks role:
Norma Shearer also seemed to be very natural and sympathetic subject for Edward Steichen's less hard-edged (than Hurrell's) style, a little more Ladies Home Journal than Vogue.
Posted 23 June 2010 - 07:08 AM
Posted 23 June 2010 - 09:26 AM
Thank you for that link, Quiggin. I must read that.
Posted 23 June 2010 - 09:49 AM
Oh dear, that makes it all the more strange-seeming I never had read up on Brooks's life. 'Delicious stray' is good, very much the waif.
Posted 23 June 2010 - 02:14 PM
Brooks is "immortal" and "iconic". I have a co-worker who has the exact Louise Brooks bob and looks just like her. Not bad for someone whose heyday was over 80 years ago!
Posted 23 June 2010 - 11:13 PM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:05 AM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 05:22 PM
1) She was a member of Denishawn from 1922-24 until Miss Ruth fired her, and
2) She self-published Fundamentals of Good Ballroom Dancing (!) in 1940.
Can anyone tell me how to change the title of this thread (which I created)? We have moved so far beyond The Best Of Everything that I would like to retitle this thread "Classic Hollywood" or "Hollywood's Golden Age" and put (Was: The Best Of Everything) in the sub-title.
Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:03 PM
Yes, Brooks was in Denishawn as a teenager. She wasn't a favorite of Miss Ruth's but Ted Shawn liked her and cast her. Apparently St. Denis decided, perhaps not entirely fairly, that Louise was too fond of a good time. Of course, Brooks was just a kid. The handbook was written after Brooks had to leave Hollywood for want of work and returned home to Kansas, where she opened a short-lived dance studio. She had also been part of a nightclub dance duo for awhile in addition to her time as a showgirl post-Denishawn, so she had a fair amount of dance experience and thought of herself as a dancer at least as much she considered herself an actor.
Shearer at her peak specialized in naughty women of the world, hardly the Ladies' Home type.
Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:45 AM
I think everybody knows more about Shearer than I do. I think I've seen her only in 'The Women' and doing the weird balcony scene with John Gilbert in 'Hollywood Revue of 1929'. Just saw she later did an R + J movie with Leslie Howard. Is 'Marie Antoinette' a must-see? I confess I am not sure I can get interested in Norma Shearer, unless somebody really plugs something. I also just saw she was with Gable in 'Strange Interlude'.
Excellent new thread title, dirac. Who knew Diane Baker movies could be expanded into a Universal? I hope miliosr likes it. I did think there was a lot of cinematic beauty in 'Pandora's Box', but I wouldn't watch it again. That early Pabst/Garbo 'Joyless Street' is also interesting but maybe not great, mainly because it's the one thing I remember seeing Garbo in before she takes on a 'goddess persona'.
Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:40 AM
I hope so too . . . since I'm the one who thought of it and changed it!
Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:27 AM
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