Wednesday, 4 January 2012

“There is no Garbo, There is no Dietrich there is only Louise Brooks”

Most beautiful dumb girls think they are smart and get away with it, because other people, on the whole, aren`t much smarter”- Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks
“The great art of films does not consist in descriptive movement of face and body, but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation.”- Louise Brooks

“I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you, it`ll be with a knife.”-Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks, Model, Dancer, Nude Model, Icon, Enigma, Writer and Actress Born November 14, 1906 Died August 8, 1985 she was the most modern looking of all the female silent stars, and perhaps the most under appreciated.

She hated the whole Hollywood scene and eschewing a lucrative contract from Paramount moved to the artistic freedom of Europe. It was here that she made her greatest movies.

Her European work; while critically acclaimed in later years, was considered controversial and as a result was censored in America.
She made Pandora’s Box and Diary of a lost Girl with GW Pabst and Prix da Beaute directed by Gennina.

She was unofficially blacklisted when she returned to The USA and, partly due to disillusionment, turned down a part in The Public Enemy; the part of Cagney’s girlfriend went to a young Jean Harlow.

She had been a serious drinker who used ‘salty’ language and was an extravagant spender of money; being  generous to a fault.

She stopped making films in 1938 and turned her attention to a number of enterprises; running a dance studio, radio acting,  Gossip columnist and a ‘courtesan’ she eventually found a talent for writing about films.

She kept the public guessing as to her sexuality, this along with her iconic image added to her reputation as the most sophisticated and glamorous actresses of the silent era.

"(In preparation for Cabaret) I went to my father, and asked him, what can you tell me about thirties glamour? Should I be emulating Marlene Dietrich or something? And he said no, I should study everything I can about Louise Brooks."-Liza Minnelli

1 comment:

  1. Wowee-wow-wowwwww!!! I love Louise Brooks and I've never seen a single one of her films. Only photos.


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