Re: That 20s Girl - Lulupalooza celebrates the work of a screen goddess.
- That's funny-"hardly remembers." 90 to 95% of today's film
audiences have no idea who she is. But, then again, that same
percentage of movie goers have never seen a silent film, let alone
know that that stuff even exists. Boy, is America doomed with
people like that!
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> That '20s GirlLouise
> Lulupalooza celebrates the work of a screen goddess.
> by Wayne Melton
> July 20, 2005
> She may be the most iconic figure that hardly anyone remembers.
> Brooks' image is still regularly imitated in the movies,from "Singin'
> in the Rain" to "Chicago." You can find Uma Thurman donning herblack
> bob hairdo in "Pulp Fiction," and even the Camel Girls giving outfree
> cigarettes at bars a few years ago were (likely unwittingly) apingsomeone
> Louise Brooks. People know the image. It's much harder to find
> who knows the name.seductress
> Though her movie career lasted only 13 years, it included 24 films,
> many of which will be shown during Lulupalooza, a weekend-long
> festival of the silent-screen goddess presented by Yellow House
> Productions and the Firehouse Theatre with the assistance of the
> Louise Brooks Society. Lulupalooza is named after Lulu, the
> Brooks plays in her 1929 silent film "Pandora's Box." Directed bythe
> German filmmaker G.W. Pabst, it is her most famous film (many sayher
> best) and the only one to be shown in a 35-mm print at thefestival.
> The festival centerpiece, it will be presented with live musicalto
> accompaniment by the Richmond band Los10Space. The rest will be
> projected in DVD format.
> "She's an enduring icon of fashion and style and film," replies
> Firehouse co-founder and board president Harry Kollatz, when asked
> about the reason for a Brooks festival. "Richmond is an odd place
> have it because Louise Brooks never even visited here," Kollatzsays.
> The closest she ever came, as far as he can tell, is Lynchburg,with
> the Denishawn Dancers. "More people know her through her style,"and
> Kollatz continues, "through her pictures. They are silent films,
> not many people watch them."in.
> Yellow House president Stephanie Kelley, who will play Brooks in a
> reading during the festival, had a typical reaction when Kollatz
> approached her. "I knew the image of Louise Brooks," she recalls,
> "that vision of a woman. Harry brought the images and information
> I had no idea that was Louise Brooks."set of
> Brooks is the emblematic '20s flapper girl, who toured with Martha
> Graham in the Denishawn Dancers, ran with Britain's fashionable
> Bright Young Things (wet blankets, she thought), returned to theHollywood.
> states to make it on Broadway and began her movie career in
> In her heyday she also toured with Will Rogers and W.C. Fields inthe
> Ziegfeld Follies, ghost-wrote a theater review for the Times criticof
> Herman Mankiewicz (himself too drunk) and had affairs with scores
> rich and famous men, including Charlie Chaplin.she
> Though her screen career died with the advent of sound, right when
> was reaching the heights of artistic success, Brooks lived on longYork,
> after, doing off-Broadway, working as a salesgirl at Saks in New
> living with rich men and writing articles for obscure filmmagazines
> until she died in 1985 at age 79. During this period she wasprofile
> approached by the theater critic Kenneth Tynan for a legendary
> eventually published in The New Yorker titled "The Girl in theBlack
> Helmet," a reference to her signature bob. This relationship waslater
> dramatized in the play "Smoking With Lulu," by Janet Munsil, to beplay Tynan.
> read during the festival, with Kelley as the young Brooks and
> Elizabeth Cusack as Brooks in her later years. Mark Adams will
> "Smoking With Lulu," is not done very often. It can be an
> play, with smoking on stage. "Consistent smoking," Kollatz notes,days
> "which turns people off." The festival, thrown together over two
> in the heat of July, is risky like its subject, Kollatzacknowledges.
> But it befits her character, he says. And as the festival willshow,
> even when the surrounding material is imperfect, Brooks' presenceare
> alone is worth doing the Charleston over. S
> Lulupalooza takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24. Tickets
> available for the entire weekend ($37.50) and for individualevents.
> "Pandora's Box" will be shown Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at the ByrdTheatre
> in Carytown ($12.50). Individual films, at the Firehouse Theatre,1609
> W. Broad St., are $5. For the full schedule, visitwww.lulupalooza.org.