Welcome to the LOUISE BROOKS SOCIETY, a web site dedicated to the life & times of the silent film actress Louise Brooks (1906 – 1985). A Jazz Age icon & famed beauty, Brooks is best known for her bobbed hair as well as for her legendary role as Lulu in the 1929 film, Pandora’s Box. [Brooks is also a central character in the forthcoming PBS Masterpiece film, The Chaperone, starring Elizabeth McGovern as the title character and Haley Lu Richardson as the teenage Brooks.]
Launched in 1995, the Louise Brooks Society is a community of individuals interested in this multifaceted personality who was also a Denishawn dancer, Ziegfeld Follies showgirl, fashion icon, 20th century muse, and bestselling author of Lulu in Hollywood. The filmography found here is the most detailed ever compiled on the actress. The are also vintage articles and reviews, portrait galleries, an archive of ephemera, bibliographies, and historical information as well as trivia, links, and contributions from individuals from around the world. There is much to discover.
The goal of the society is to honor the actress by stimulating interest in her life and films. This pioneering website is just one of the things we do; along with the occasional screening, exhibit, or talk, the LBS also keeps a long-running blog, has published two books (with more in the works), and runs it’s own online radio station, RadioLulu. The LBS is a social and scholarly group, and this website is home to both an international fan club and online archive. Please consider joining! Members of the LBS hail from 50 countries on six continents. From Australia to Zimbabwe, from Canada to Argentina, from the Canary Islands to the Czech Republic, LBS members comprise a truly world wide web of silent film fans and Louise Brooks enthusiasts.
Director, Louise Brooks Society
Authored by LBS director Thomas Gladysz, Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film documents the William Wellman-directed movie starring Louise Brooks, with 50+ illustrations & a foreword by William Wellman, Jr. Order a copy today!
IN THE NEWS
The once lost Louise Brooks film, Now We’re in the Air (1927), has been found and restored (with the assistance of the LBS). To learn more, visit the movie’s filmography page on the LBS website. And what’s more, a new book on the film is in the works!
Beggars of Life is Brooks’ best American film. Once little seen, it has now been restored and released on DVD / Blu-ray by Kino Lorber. This exciting, widely acclaimed new release features an audio commentary by LBS director Thomas Gladysz. Order a copy today!
Streaming Louise Brooks & silent film themed music of the 1920s, 1930s, and today.
Louise Brooks Society Blog
A long running blog about the actress, silent film, and the Jazz Age, as well as dance, fashion, books, music, art, Hollywood and other topics related to the one-and-only “Lulu”. Written on a regular basis by Thomas Gladysz, Director of the LBS, and occasional guest contributors. The three most recent posts are featured below.
Diary of a Lost Girl with Louise Brooks screens in Helsinki, Finland on October 19 and 21
by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on October 19, 2017 at 7:00 am
The National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) in Helsinki, Finland will screen Diary of a Lost Girl on October 19 and 21, 2017 as part of their ongoing Louise Brooks series.Brooks is the focus of the four film series at the country’s National Audiovisual Institute, which is set to show Beggars of Life on October 12 and […]
Some more new and recommended books on film: Paramount, Fox, comedies and SEX
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Brooks Society) on October 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Ahead of a longer review, here are a few more new books I wish to recommend to fans of Louise Brooks as well as those interested in the silent and early sound film era. Each title provides valuable background information about the era in which Brooks was active, and each mentions or touches on the actress and her career. […]
TODAY: Beggars of Life screens in Helsinki, Finland
by email@example.com (Louise Brooks Society) on October 15, 2017 at 7:00 am
The National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) in Helsinki, Finland will screen Beggars of Life on October 15, 2017 as the opening film in their ongoing Louise Brooks series.Brooks is the focus of the four film series at the country’s National Audiovisual Institute, which is set to show Beggars of Life on October 12 and […]