"If there ever was a face that you could say – without hesitation – the camera loved, it is the divine face of Louise Brooks. After leaving Hollywood in 1928, Brooks went to Germany and was cast by director G.W. Pabst as Lulu in the classic German silent film Pandora’s Box (1929). Brooks’ unique look and style was brilliantly captured on film by Pabst, and Pandora’s Box cemented her screen persona and forever enshrined her in the annals of cinema history. Her iconic bobbed hairstyle, sexual confidence and defiant attitude imprinted itself on generations of cinephiles who also made films featuring strong, independent women, from Anna Karina in Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre sa vie (1962) and Melanie Griffith in Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild (1986), to Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994). Brooks is principally known for her role in Pandora’s Box, but what many people may not know is that she quickly re-teamed with Pabst for this follow-up, the only other film they made together"
Diary of a Lost Girl | Senses of Cinema
i’m always kind of baffled when i realize i’ve introduced a lot of people to louise brooks, when to me, i see her everywhere. this is a nice succinct summary of how her face has made her mark, even after her death.
also, i must admit i often regret calling my blog (the often mispelled) “a l’allure garçonnière” instead of (the much easier to remember) “pandora’s box.” i tend to forget not everyone is franglais comme moi. then again, pandora was alreay a persona, and i wanted some continuity with garçonnière from livejournal days.