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Lulu In Hollywood: Expanded Edition Paperback – July 10, 2000
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A woman of ideas. Her writingsand this, for an actor, is really extraordinaryare about something more than just herself. -- Sight and Sound
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Her finest role - when she was only 22 - was as the stunning Lulu in the German silent film Pandora's Box (1928), and the book includes her experiences with GW Pabst, the director.
Brooks writes with wit and candour about friends and acquaintances, including Humphrey Bogart and WC Fields, in a way that sheds new light upon them.
This is a must for all lovers of cinema, independence, and beauty.
It shows a Louise Brooks as a fiercely independent character, as well as her failure as a social creature, because of her open critic of people's false faces.
But at what price? She survives as a kept woman by three lovers and ends in poverty, rejected and lonely.
She characterizes her work in Hollywood's film factory as slavery and throws a shrill light on Hollywood's morals (the casting couch) and cynicism: the end of the silent period served as an excuse to terminate all contracts.
The all important feature of her life was sex, not love: 'I have never been in love.' But, 'A person's sexual loves and hates and conflicts ... It is the only way the reader can make sense out of innumerable apparently senseless actions.'
She considers that 'the most fateful encounter in my life' was a sexual one with George Preston Marshall.
Nevertheless, she had some regrets: 'How often do we change the whole course of our lives in pursuit of a love that we will have forgotten within a few months.'
She never wrote her biography because 'I am unwilling to write the sexual truth that would make up my life worth reading.'
Barry PARIS did it for her, admirably. His book contains also a few corrections on Louise Brooks's statements in her book.
A moving text with admirable pictures.
After virtually vanishing for years, she was found in a terrible NYC apartment and convinced to move to Rochester, NY, home of the George Eastman House which was the inception of the largest film library in the world. Through devoted fans and despite her aggressive and often callous behavious, she began writing about her career and Hollywood, German film making and actors she knew. The result is a stunning tour-de-force and not to be missed by a "Lulu" fan. She led a wild, sexually charged life and was an alcoholic in her teens, yet she read philosophy, history, and classic literature. She was so intellectual that men were frightened of her.Read more ›
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There's a joke about the food in a Catskills NY resort: Woman 1: The food is terrible. Woman 2: And the portions are so small! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Stuart Skalka
The book was in very good condition and I love the candor with which Louise Brooks wrote.Published 1 month ago by Cris
Had a blast reading this book. It is an easy read. Amazing how intelligent Louise Brooks was. She fought the system and lost, like most do but never sold her soul to the devil.Published 4 months ago by Voltaire
This collection of film essays by Louise Brooks should prove to anyone once and for all what a brilliant mind she had and that she was a writer par excellence. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tom Graves -- Author of
How Louise Brooks became Lulu in her own words. That's all that needs to be said.Published 6 months ago by RoadTripDog
Was expecting a lot more from this publication after reading so many reviews indicating how juicy it was. Read morePublished 6 months ago by chica