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Natalie Merchant's 'Lulu' Latest Pop Tribute to Silent Film Icon Louise Brooks

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

Merchant's "Lulu" is the latest pop music tribute to Louise Brooks (1906-1985), a silent film star who suffered decades of obscurity and was reluctantly brought back into the limelight late in life.

Louise Brooks' Star Shines Brighter Than Ever

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

The silent film star, famous for both her sleek dark bob and role as Lulu in Pandora's Box, is undergoing a revival. The actress -- her image and legend, are seemingly everywhere.

San Francisco Silent Film Fest Leaves You Spellbound in Darkness

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 09.14.2013 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Silent films can transport us back in time. Movies from the early years of the 20th century are filled with details which reveals the way people used to live, work, think, fall in love, solve problems, act silly, and get by on a daily basis.

All Time Oscars: The 10 Best Actresses in a Leading Role

Jon Eig | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

When I sat down to compile my list of the all time greatest performances by an actress in a lead role, I went through all the steps I had gone through when putting together the other acting lists.

Louise Brooks Stars in Beggars of Life

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 09.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Thomas Gladysz

Is there any silent film star as popular as Louise Brooks? The actress, best known for her bangs and signature black bob, seems to be just about everywhere these days.

Silent Movies -- When the Stars Were Intriguing

Mark Juddery | Posted 09.08.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

You've probably heard old-timers talk about how movie stars aren't as good as they used to be. This is a little unfair -- plenty of fine actors are working in the movies -- but in one respect, the new stars really aren't a patch on the stars of yore.

Louise Brooks - Cover Girl and Secret Muse of the 20th Century

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 08.06.2012 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Brooks has become a kind of a 20th-century icon, shorthand and symbol for the Jazz Age. In publishing, her iconic image has graced the covers of an increasing number of books -- many of which, notably, are not about the actress or the movies.

Louise Brooks and Silent Film Star in Montreal

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 07.21.2012 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

Jean Dujardin, who won nearly every Best Actor award around the world for his portrayal of fading star George Valentin, prepared for his role by watching classic silent films and by studying silent era actors, notably Douglas Fairbanks.

Silent Film Festival Announces 2012 Line-up

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 07.15.2012 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Here is the line-up for the 2012 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which is set to take place July 12-15. Many of the prints set to be screened are restorations. All programs feature live musical accompaniment.

Strange Silent Film Screens in Syracuse

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.15.2012 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

The Street of Forgotten Men will be shown at Cinefest, which is set to run Thursday through Sunday. Long thought lost, this "underworld romance" has seldom been seen since its debut 87 years ago.

'Beggars of Life' With Louise Brooks Screens in New York

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 04.18.2012 | New York
Thomas Gladysz

Beggars of Life is a film whose reputation is picking up steam. Beggars of Life (1928) is a gripping drama about a girl (Louise Brooks) dressed as a boy who flees the law after killing her abusive stepfather.

Silent Film's Most Sizzling Starlets

Posted 02.03.2012 | Arts

In the age of silent cinema, emotions were dramatized and expressed using the face and body as vehicles. Though today the acting style of earl...

On The Artist, The Lure of Nostalgia, and Ten Silent Movies Worth Talking Up

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Just when you start believing there's no hope for anything daring and original coming out of Movieland, something gets released that surprises you. The Artist is one such movie -- and what's new about it is that it's old.

PHOTOS: Louise Brooks' 1920's Style

The Huffington Post | Jada Wong | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Late actress Louise Brooks didn’t talk in her silent movies, but she didn't have to -- her looks said it all. The Kansas native’s signature short ...

HuffPost Review: Tron: Legacy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Tron: Legacy carries the legacy of the original -- it's deadly dull, self-important and besotted with its own computer graphics.

Dear Stinkpot: Letters from Louise Brooks by Jan Wahl

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

It was announced last week that the journals of actress Louise Brooks will be unsealed. She bequeathed them to the photography and film museum with instructions they remain unread for twenty five years. What will they reveal?

Louise Brooks Journals to be Revealed, and Perhaps Published

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

John Updike once told me that Louise Brooks was the finest writer to have ever come out of Hollywood. Last week, word broke that the George Eastman House has unsealed Brooks' private journals.

A Lost Girl, a Fake Diary, and a Forgotten Author

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Today, few have heard of The Diary of a Lost Girl, the now-forgotten Margarete Böhme, or the controversy which once swirled around the book's authorship.

Rufus Talks Lulu - Plays Denver August 17

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Thomas Gladysz

Also, to be frank, I am a strong believer that art is tied to the ways of the world. We are in a period of cutbacks and downsizing. So, there was also a very practical reason why I had to do it - I had to survive like everyone else in these challenging times.

Beggars of Life Screens Under the Stars August 15

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Thomas Gladysz

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"I Am the Victim of Such a Lascivious Beauty": Rufus Wainwright on Louise Brooks

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

"I have always wanted to be her" is the way Rufus Wainwright puts it, referring to Louise Brooks.

Loving Louise Brooks: A Student Film You Simply Must Watch

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

Normally, I'm not one to pay much attention to student films. But recently, I came across an 11 minute work which I think is so good it transcends the category of "student" work. It's called Loving Louise Brooks.

15 Reasons to Attend the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

For the last 15 years, a small group of Bay Area film enthusiasts have screened, promoted, and advocated for a defunct art form for which they are especially passionate.

Let's Bring Back: 10 Comeback-Worthy Looks From The Met's 'American Woman' Exhibit (PHOTOS)

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Today New York City's Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute will open its new exhibit, "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity." Gazing at the glamorous finery of eras past, as usual I found myself wishing back certain flourishes and trappings, from hand-held fans to white gloves to turbans.

The 10 Best Bobs: From Anna Wintour To Miyuki Hatoyama

Refinery 29 | Michelle Christina Larsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Since the flappers took over in the '20s, getting a drastic haircut has been a fool-proof way to grab stares. And now, the bold, elegant bob is bewitc...