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Louise Brooks Merchandise
This page highlights assorted Louise Brooks merchandise. Presented here are contemporary items - such as video tapes and DVD's, compact discs, etc . . . . Most of these items are available via local retail outlets, through mail order, or over the internet. Louise Brooks Studies does not sell any of these items. The products and merchants highlighted on this page are noted for the convenience of interested individuals.
VIDEOS and DVD's
First and foremost are the films. Not all films featuring Louise Brooks which still exist are available on video or DVD. The good news is that recent interest in the actress has lead studios and video distributors to release additional movies - some of which had not been previously available. (Notable among these is The Show Off, and a restored version of Diary of a Lost Girl ). Fans of the actress have never had so many films available for viewing. The following videos and DVDs are recommended by the Louise Brooks Studies, and are offered for sale via the on-line retailer Amazon.com.
Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film
This is probably the finest documentary about Hollywood ever produced. Made with care by film historians Kevin Brownlow & David Gill, this is a fascinating look at the beginnings of film - from the earliest days of the flickers to the advent of the talkies. Along the way, you get a virtual history of early Hollywood - its directors, stars, and scandals. From comedy to stuntman, from egotistical directors to glamorous stars, this 13 part series has it all - including rare interview material with Louise Brooks. The series features original music by Carl Davis and narration by James Mason. Highly recommended and offered at a superb price!
Cinema Europe - The Other Hollywood
This stylish documentary focuses on the early days of the movie industry and the enormous contribution made to it by those working in Europe. Included is rarely seen footage from early movies and interviews with some of the industry's pioneers and stars, including Louise Brooks. Cinema Europe - The Other Hollywood was produced by the award-winning team of Kevin Brownlow and David Gill and serves as a companion to their definitive 13-part Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film. This six-hour series is narrated by Kenneth Branagh with music composition by Carl Davis, Philip Appleby and Nic Raine.
Contents include Part I: Where It all Began (Introductory Episode). Part II: Promised Land (Sweden). Part III: The Unchained Camera (Germany). Part IV: The Music of Light (France). Part V: Opportunity Lost (Britain). Part VI: End Of An Era (Finale). Highly recommended!
Overland Stage Raiders
Overland Stage Raiders represents John Wayne's second appearance in Republic Studio's Three Mesquiteers series. (A few month's later, Wayne would go on to star in the much heralded Stagecoach.) The so-named "Three Mesquiteers" - John Wayne, Ray Corrigan and Max Terhune - find themselves in the modern-day west. The "stages" being raided are actually Greyhound buses bearing gold shipments to the east. Airborne hijackers steal the gold, but the Mesquiteers vanquish the crooks, then parachute to safety. Today, the film is largely remembered for it's leading lady, a bangless, still-beautiful Louise Brooks, here making her last film appearance. When asked in later years why she would accept such an unprepossessing project, Brooks replied that she needed the $300.00.
In the 1970s, comix artist Robert Crumb revealed his love for old-time string-band music with his contributions to the Cheap Suit Serenaders. Now, living in Paris, Crumb and his band of nearly two dozen (named Les Primitifs du Futur) mix blues, ragtime, and jazz with the sounds of the French capital, circa 1930-1955. Purists may scoff, but this is enjoyable stuff - a mix of accordions, string instruments, harmonica, piano, and vocals. Included on this disc is Chanson Pour Louise Brooks - a tender homage to the actress and the film Prix de Beaute.
The OMD Singles
After releasing "Electricity" in 1979, OMD quickly became one of the more influential electro-pop bands to emerge from England. While the premise of a singing synthesizer duo may now be a fairly conventional concept, band members Andy McClusky and Paul Humphreys had very few role models when they first developed their unusual style. This package pulls together two full decades of OMD's distinctive pop craftsmanship. From the early sounds of "Enola Gay" to radio classics like "Joan of Arc" and "Souvenir," the band's polished, dramatic songs influenced everyone from Depeche Mode to the Pet Shop Boys. Late-'80s tunes like "If You Leave" and "(Forever) Live and Die" round out the collection. Included on this disc is Pandora's Box (It's a long, long way) - a loving homage to the actress.
The Seven Deadly Sins / Lulu Suite
Besides it's attractive cover, this compact disc includes Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins), an opera composed by Kurt Weill, as well as the Lulu Suite, extracts from the opera composed by Alban Berg. Kurt Masur serves as conductor in this 1995 recording.
Berg, an associate of Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, based his famous opera on Frank Wedekind's Lulu plays - the same source material which served G.W. Pabst in the making of Pandora's Box (1929).
PandorasBox is a small press / desktop publisher based in San Francisco, California. To date, they have issued more than half-a dozen broadsides, a number of which relate to Louise Brooks. Among them is a Brooks-inspired poem by Bill Berkson, a tryptich of poems by Mary Jo Bang, and the evocative beginning to the Barry Paris biography. Each of these 8.5" x 11" limited edition broadsides (ready for framing) is autographed by the author, and each are handsomely printed on acid free, cold press, 140 lb. watercolor paper. The Barry Paris broadside can be ordered through Half.com.
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