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B & W World: Lost Girl | The Bleat.

With Louise Brooks. Prepare to meet some . . . interesting faces. Go HERE.
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25 Responses to B & W World: Lost Girl

  1. Mxymaster says:

    This shows me why I loathe “Cabaret” so much. I guess I’m just a sappy American, but degredation, misery, and squalor is not my idea of a fun weekend.

  2. JeNae says:

    Didn’t she become the first Mrs. Douglas MacArthur, and also win a set of White House china in a poker game with Warren Harding & friends?

  3. Rich Cox says:

    Wow! Beautiful makeup and costume for Ms. Brooks. I have always been a sucker for short hair though.

  4. shesnailie says:

    “degredation, misery, and squalor is not my idea of a fun weekend”

    _@_v – pretty much describes mosta mine….

  5. hpoulter says:

    Louise Brooks is always stunning. In the GW Pabst films she is sex personified. I have a copy of an old silent WC Fields film, “The Old Army Game” in which Brooks appears. Check out this Youtube clip in which she is, well, cute as a bug’s ear:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q77SdBtHiMY

  6. GardenStater says:

    Louise Brooks. rrrowrrrr….

  7. Peter says:

    Myxmaster, I love Die Dreigroschenoper, young Marlene Dietrich, Christian Schad’s paintings and Fritz Lang’s M, and even I loathe Cabaret.

  8. DC Oriole says:

    One of the best “I’m so glad it’s silent” moments for me is a scene in Asphalt in which Brooks’s character is flirting with a jeweler in order to distract him while she steals a diamond. It would have been ruined with actual dialog. It doesn’t matter what they are saying–it’s all in the looks.

  9. Dan says:

    Louise Brooks is my ideal of womanhood.

  10. Umbriel says:

    So who knew Nikita Khrushchev started out as a desk clerk?

  11. Mxymaster says:

    @shesnailie
    And whose fault is that, Snailster? I mean, really.

  12. Chris says:

    And for the Star Trek connection..Edith Keeler has Louise’s hairstyle:

    http://www.sherylfranklin.com/images/trek/women/classic/edith_keeler.jpg

  13. Mike Gebert says:

    Brooks was from Cherryvale, Kansas, though her family moved to Wichita, where I grew up; my dad knew her brother, who was the oil & gas columnist for the local paper. (Your paper didn’t have one?) Anyway, so I was working in a bookstore, and this guy who was a lawyer knew the owners and would come in and chitchat, and occasionally he would mention that his crazy aunt called him up tipsy again last night, and… yes, you guessed, it took me a long time to realize that if his name was Brooks his aunt must be…

  14. fizzbin says:

    Mxymaster :This shows me why I loathe “Cabaret” so much. I guess I’m just a sappy American, but degredation, misery, and squalor is not my idea of a fun weekend.

    You must be Cherman to enjoy zutch fine fare…Und you vill LIKE it ;)

  15. Jennifer says:

    @DC Oriole

    Brooks wasn’t in Asphalt. I believe the actress was Betty Amann, another beauty.

  16. jenifersf says:

    Aw, Pabst explains the Demon Beer. Drink! Drink! Drink!

  17. Peter says:

    DC Oriole, yes, that is a great scene, but Brooks isn’t in that movie. The jewel thief was played by Betty Amann.

    One more thing about Diary of a Lost Girl, I was disappointed there was no picture of the Rosa Klebb-type lady leading the reform school girls in calisthenics, keeping time with a gong and shouting, “EIN ZWEI DREI VIER!”

  18. Bruce Lewis says:

    Ah, Louise Brooks… the fifth most beautiful woman of the 20th Century!

    1. Mrs. Lewis
    2. My mom
    3. Mrs. Lewis’ mom
    4. Shinozaki ai
    5. Louise Brooks

  19. Jano says:

    @Mike Gebert

    All the content that is oily and gassy tends to show up on my local paper’s political pages.

  20. Lulu says:

    ITA that Louise Brooks = luminescent + startlingly modern.

  21. Mxymaster says:

    @fizzbin
    When I realized that the Nazi kid has the best song in the film, I was done with Cabaret. Unt dot isch finallll!

  22. fizzbin says:

    @Mxymaster
    But, but, za Nazis, zey hat such..STYLE!! Which actually was part of the reason for thier downfall. They always overdressed. That and about three million Soviets distracting them while we perfected za bomba (I know, too late for Berlin, phoi tuefel!)

  23. Jaytee says:

    One of the “real women” in short supply in Hollywood these days. (See Also: Gina Lollobrigida, Salma Hayek and any number of French and Italian actresses)

  24. xrayguy says:

    Re:”Atlantic”-Yes, the secret is timing. “Who can say?” FISSSS,ZIP,SKWEEEEEEEEE. Like an audio version of slapping your thing, elbowing the vicar and winking. I have to say, when the vicar turned away from L. “Oh, no, god help us”, I thought Lancester and done a silent but deadly.

  25. [...] that I was unaware of Ms. Brooks’ existence until a recent post by James Lileks at The Bleat highlighted one of her performances in Weimar-era German cinema.  A brief Googling indicates that [...]

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