Re: Richmond.com article on Lulupalooza
- Hmm....that's a nice write up on Brooksie. But had she been still
alive in 2005, she would have poo-pooed it as hog wash.
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> Mute Beautguess
> Silent film actress Louise Brooks will be remembered this weekend at
> Mike Ward
> Thursday July 21, 2005
> She's was only in 24 moviesÖsilent movies. Her most famous film was
> German filmed in 1929.
> We could give you the titles of all her movies, her hometown,
> astrological symbol and favorite color, and you still might not
> her name correctly.bobbed
> But flash her picture one time and you'll likely recognize Louise
> Brooks. As a '20s trendsetter, she was among the first to sport
> hair. And paired with a sensual smirk and fiery sass, it was a lookcelebrating
> and attitude that wasn't fully appreciated until years later.
> "Her style, which was a lack of style really, wouldn't really come
> into vogue for many decades," said Harry Kollatz Jr., one of the
> organizers of Lulupalooza. The first-time, one-time event
> the films and life of Brooks is taking place in Richmond thisweekend
> through a collaboration of the Firehouse Theatre Project, YellowHouse
> and Louise Brooks Society.including
> The festival includes the showing of nine of Brooks' flicks,
> the lauded "Pandora's Box," which will play Saturday at 1:30 p.m. atcrew.
> the Byrd Theater. In addition to films, there will be other eclectic
> events, such as a staged reading of the Janet Munsil play "Smoking
> with Lulu," which will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Firehouse
> Theatre and will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast and
> True to its title, the play features smoke ñ lots of it ñ so checkwas
> your lungs at the door.
> Kollatz said he was first struck by Brooks while thumbing through an
> old book on classic film at the Chesterfield County Public Library,
> when he came eye to eye with a famous shot of the actress holding up
> "It just burned itself on my consciousness," Kollatz said. "There
> just something about her that I found compelling." When he rentedthe
> German flick "Pandora's Box," the tale of a dancer and prostituteChaplin -
> named Lulu (hence Lulupalooza), he was further enamored. "I was
> totally captivated," Kollatz gushed.
> Besides carousing with some very famous men - namely Charlie
> Brooks lived a very un-Hollywood-like life, parlaying a career as aand
> dancer in the Ziegfield Follies into acting. The Kansas native was
> only 32 when she left the scene, and soon afterward was working as a
> salesgirl at Saks Fifth Avenue for just $40 a week. She was smart
> sexy, a combination that led to an assortment of memorable quips,such
> as this one: "Most beautiful dumb girls think they are smart and gethe
> away with it, because other people, on the whole, aren't much
> smarter." Brooks died of a heart attack in 1985 at the age of 78.
> Kollatz, who hopes to draw both film buffs and fans of Brooks, said
> knows of guests coming from as far as Maryland, New York, thehere
> Carolinas, Kansas and even Australia. As a performer, Brooks visited
> Washington, D.C. and even Lynchburg, but probably not Richmond. "As
> far as I know, Louise never came here." Kollatz said. "She was
> probably on a train asleep going through Richmond, but she'll be
> now, at least in spirit."Firehouse
> * Lulupalooza is being held July 23 ñ 24 with events at the
> Theatre and Byrd Theatre. Admission to the entire festival is$37.50.
> A one-day pass is $17.50, and you can also pay for individualevents.
> Call (804) 355-2001 for more information.
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