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lulu Welcome to the Louise Brooks Studies Bookstore. This page highlights various related books. Each of these titles are recommended for the devoted fan or Louise Brooks completeist. Generally speaking, each of these titles are available through local bookstores. The Louise Brooks Studies website does not sell any of these titles. Each is offered here through the on-line retailer, Amazon.com.

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Louise Brooks
by Barry Paris

book From her beginnings as a dancer to her years in Hollywood, Berlin, and beyond, Louise Brooks was hailed and reviled as a new type of woman: independent, intellectually daring, and sexually free. In this widely acclaimed, first and only biography, Barry Paris traces Brooks's trajectory from her childhood through her fall into obscurity and subsequent "resurrection" as a brilliant writer and enduring film icon. Named "Film Book of the Year" by Leonard Maltin, this extraordinary 672 page book is especially well written and well researched. It is a must read for any fan. Louise Brooks contains many illustrations, as well as a bibliography and filmography. [ The French edition is listed below. ]



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Lulu in Hollywood (expanded edition)
by Louise Brooks

book This volume contains eight autobiographical essays by Louise Brooks in which she writes about her life, her career, and the people she knew and worked with in Hollywood. No less a critic than the Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Ebert stated Brooks was the finest writer to ever emerge from Hollywood. This new "expanded" edition, published by the University of Minesota Press, contains an additional essay (previously uncollected) entitled, "Why I Refuse to Write My Memoirs." Kenneth Tynan's acclaimed New Yorker essay, "The Girl in the Black Helmet," now serves as the introduction; Lotte H. Eisner's "A Witness Speaks" and filmography are also included. This edition contains 184 pages and 70 black-and-white photos. [ The French edition is listed below. ]



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Stars in My Eyes
by Don Bachardy

book Stars in My Eyes is a revealing and entertaining collection of celebrity portraits, rendered both in finely observed drawings and prose. Bachardy, an artist whose work has been exhibited in museums around the world, made portraits from life - depicting the actors, writers, artists, composers and directors that he and his partner, Christopher Isherwood, knew so well. Among the subjects is Louise Brooks, whom Bachardy drew in 1977. Included in this book are three drawings of the Brooks and six pages of Bachardy's journals detailing his encounter with the elderly actress. The book - and especially the chapter on Brooks - make for interesting reading.



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Louise Brooks (French edition of Lulu in Hollywood)
by Louise Brooks

book This volume follows the format of the first, American edition of Lulu in Hollywood and contains seven autobiographical essays by Louise Brooks in which she writes about her life, her career, and the people she knew and worked with in Hollywood. This handsome, hardback edition contains approximately 184 pages and 70 black-and-white photos.

Merveilleuse actrice américaine de l'entre-deux-guerres ayant renoncé au cinéma et à la curiosité des foules pour rester elle-même, Louise Brooks évoque les souvenirs de cette époque faste où elle était star, son entourage du monde cinématographique et l'admiration dont elle a continué d'être l'objet après son abandon. L'ouvrage est illustré d'une soixantaine de photos, la plupart tirées de ses rôles au cinéma.



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The Parade's Gone by ...
by Kevin Brownlow

book Kevin Brownlow has written was is certainly the best book ever written on silent film. An informative, well-researched, heavily illustrated and entertaining book, this is essential reading for every fan. The Parade's Gone by ... is full of interviews with the leading film personalities of the era - including Louise Brooks. The book contains significant passages about the actress; additionally, in the "A Note of Thanks" which introduces the book, Brownlow states, "I owe an especial debt to Louise Brooks for acting as a prime mover in this book's publication."

This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in silent film.



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Seductive Cinema
by James Card

book In Seductive Cinema: The Art of Silent Film, the late James Card - pioneer collector of silent films, founder of the motion-picture archive at the George Eastman House, scholar, editor, writer and the man who brought Louise Brooks to Rochester, New York (where she began her own career as a writer), offers a stimulating and richly illustrated celebration of silent film. Card's lively commentary sheds new light on the art, directors, cinematographers and stars of the silent era. Part memoir and part personal history of the movies, Seductive Cinema is studded with glimpses of the likes of Clara Bow, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, Greta Garbo and of course, Louise Brooks.



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Image on the Art and Evolution of the Film
edited by Marshall Deutelbaum

book Image on the Art and Evolution of the Film: Photographs and Articles from the Magazine of the International Museum of Photography is an anthology which collects an array of material from the silent era. The book includes 38 articles and 263 illustrations shot from rare prints in the museum's collection. Among the items of interest in this volume are a couple of uncommon images of Brooks as well as "Out of Pandora's Box: Louise Brooks on G. W. Pabst," by James Card, and "Mr. Pabst," by Louise Brooks.

A highly recommended book on the subject of silent film.



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Femmes Fatales
by Mary Ann Doane

book Louise Brooks adorns the cover of this scholarly look at feminism, film theory and psychoanalysis. Femmes Fatales is a work of feminist film criticism examining questions of sexual difference, the female body, and the female spectator through a discussion of such figures as Pabst's Lulu and Rita Hayworth's Gilda. The author's analyses trace the thematics and mechanics of masks, masquerade, and veiling with special attention to the form and technology of the cinema. One twenty-two page essay in the book, "The Erotic Barter: Pandora's Box," by Mary Ann Doane, pertains to Brooks. The actress' role in Prix de Beaute is discussed in another chapter.



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The Haunted Screen
by Lotte Eisner

book In 1919, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari took the world by storm, in one bold stroke demonstrating that cinema was capable of unprecedented aesthetic sophistication. Lotte Eisner's classic 952 study covers the history of Caligari and the "genre" it inspired: the German Expressionist Film. Eisner introduces and analyzes some of the greatest films of the period, including Nosferatu, The Last Laugh and Metropolis, while describing the careers of the directors who worked within the genre: G.W. Pabst, F.W. Murnau and Fritz Lang. Of interest to fans of Louise Brooks are numerous references to the actress (Eisner was acquainted with Brooks in the late 1920's), along with the chapter entitled "Pabst and the Miracle of Louise Brooks."



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Louise Brooks: Portrait d'une-anti-star (French edition)
edited by Roland Jaccard

book Louise Brooks: Portrait d'une anti-star is the first book ever published about Louise Brooks. This 160 page book features one letter and three essays (two not found elsewhere) by Brooks, as well as a few pages of the Brooks-inspired Dixie Dugan and Valentina cartoons. Also included are 90 black-and-white images, four essays (by Rolland Jaccard, Jean-Michel Palmier, and Lotte H. Eisner) and two poems (by Tahar Ben Jelloun and Andre Laude) about the actress.

L'actrice rendue célèbre par le personnage de Lulu qu'elle a incarné sous la direction du cinéaste G. W. Pabst. Please note: The English language edition of Louise Brooks: Portrait of an Anti-Star is out-of print and somewhat hard-to-find. This French edition is the only edition still in-print.



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Idole des deutschen Films. Eine Galerie von Schlüsselfiguren
by Thomas Koebner

book Idole des deutschen Films. Eine Galerie von Schlüsselfiguren is an anthology of essays on various film stars, including Louise Brooks. The book includes two chapters ("Der Blick der Madchen in Uniform: Uber Louise Brooks und andere" by Rainer Rother, and "Femme fatale und Hure: Von Lulu zum Madchen Rosemarie" by Heinz-B. Heller), as well as a number references, pertaining to Brooks and Pandora's Box.

Die in diesem Buch versammelten kulturanalytischen Studien konzentrieren sich auf Rollenstereotype, die etwas über die Mentalitäten der Kinogesellschaften zwischen 1914 und 1994, zwischen dem Kaiserreich und der Bundesrepublik verraten. Die Aufsätze des Buches gehen auf ein filmwisschenschaftliches Symposium zurück, das im November 1995 an der Universität Mainz stattfand.



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Three Plays
by George Kelly

book This book includes the play which served as the basis for the 1926 film, The Show Off, which starred Ford Sterling, Lois Wilson and Louise Brooks. This acclaimed play by George Kelly (uncle of actress Grace Kelly) was a smash hit on Broadway in the mid-1920's before it became a film for the first time. This 400 page book also includes The Torch Bearers and Craig's Wife, the later a critically acclaimed work which won the Pulitzer Prize. Edited by William J. Lynch, with a forward by Wendy Wasserstein.

See the movie, read the book!



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Louise Brooks (French edition)
by Barry Paris

book From her beginnings as a dancer to her years in Hollywood, Berlin, and beyond, Louise Brooks was hailed and reviled as a new type of woman: independent, intellectually daring, and sexually free. In this widely acclaimed, first and only biography, Barry Paris traces Brooks's trajectory from her childhood through her fall into obscurity and subsequent "resurrection" as a brilliant writer and enduring film icon. Named "Film Book of the Year" by Leonard Maltin, this extraordinary 672 page book is especially well written and well researched. It is a must read for any fan. Louise Brooks contains many illustrations, as well as a bibliography and filmography.

A partir de textes inédits de l'actrice et de témoignages d'amis, l'auteur aborde tous les aspects de la vie hédoniste de Louise Brooks, actrice du cinéma muet, danseuse et écrivain. Au-delà du culte voué à l'actrice, l'ouvrage donne accès à la "vérité sexuelle et psychologique" d'une femme à la beauté singulière et à l'intelligence aiguë.



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The Films of G.W. Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema
edited by Eric Rentschler

book Some twenty essays document the career and major films of the German director G.W. Pabst. Included in this book are Mary Ann Doane's essay, "The Erotic Barter: Pandora's Box," and Heide Schlupmann's essay on Diary of a Lost Girl, "The Brothel as an Arcadian Space ?" Illustrations, a complete filmography and extensive bibliography are included in this scholarly title. Despite the fact that major retrospectives of Pabst's work have been held in Europe, there is little available in the United States on Pabst - one of the greatest German directors prior to the second World War.

Recommended, simply because Pabst made so many fine films apart from those with Louise Brooks.



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The First Lulu
by Frank Wedekind

book This is a recent translation, by Eric Bentley, of the original play by Frank Wedekind which served as source material for the film Pandora's Box. Wedekind's long expressionistic play is a symphony - or rather a cacophony - of demotic sexual rhetorics. This volume contains a Wedekind chronology, the playwright's answers to a list of questions from a colleague, and numerous short essays by Bentley on themes and motifs in Wedekind's play. It makes for compelling reading. See the movie, read the book!

Please note: As Stephen Spender's earlier translation of the Lulu plays are out-of-print, this is the only available version of Wedekind's masterwork.



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Empty Saddles
by Cherry Wilson

book Author Cherry Wilson offers a twist on the standard "cattlemen vs. farmers" theme by pitting cattlemen against sheepmen in this tale of protagonist Dare Devlyn, who buys the Corral de Terra Ranch and returns it to its former glory as a working cattle operation. Bad luck for Devlyn. He also rekindles the range war that shuttered the ranch decades earlier. When lead starts flying, the cowboy knows he's in for trouble! This well regarded Western novel, originally published in book form in 1929, served as the basis for the 1936 film, Empty Saddles, starring Buck Jones and Louise Brooks.

See the movie - now read the book.

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