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lulu  This page presents an annotated, worldwide bibliography of reviews and articles of later documentary films and television programs relating to Louise Brooks. Entries are arranged chronologically by film, which are given in order of release. Critical commentary regarding Brooks, or the film as a whole, (excerpted from the newspaper and magazine articles cited) are offered as annotations.

This page is a work in progress. The intention of this bibliography is to be as comprehensive as possible. Most citations represent a substantial review or article. Shorter, capsule reviews - usually a paragraph or two in length - are so noted. Some citations are linked to the material cited. (Some links reside on the Louise Brooks Society website, while others exist elsewhere on the internet.) An * indicates that a copy of this citation is held in the archives of the LBS. If you know of additional citations, or can provide further information on the entries noted on this page, please contact the Louise Brooks Society via . If you would like to help find vintage newspaper reviews, please follow this link. This bibliography has been compiled by Thomas Gladysz, and was last updated in August 2006.


The Love Goddesses (1965)

Archer, Eugene. "View from a Local Vantage Point." New York Times, July 14, 1963. (United States) *
--- Brooks is referenced in article in New York City newspaper

Roud, Richard. "New Films in London." Guardian, April 15, 1965. (England) *
--- mention in article in Manchester, England newspaper

anonymous. Continental, June, 1965. (England) *
--- " . . . she is our particlar selection from the forty odd 'love goddesses' from the film of that name . . . " - captioned photo in film magazine

anonymous. "Le dee dell'amore." Segnalazioni Cinematografiche, April 25, 1966. (Vatican City) *
--- one page review

Krebs, Josef. "The Love Goddesses." Stereo Review's Sound & Vision, October, 1999. (United States)
--- short review of the video release of this documentary which includes Brooks

Memories of Berlin: Twilight of Weimar Culture (1976)

anonymous. "Documentary explores German culture in '20s and '30s." Bennington Banner, April 6, 1978. (United States) *
--- syndicated article in Bennington, Vermont newspaper

Buckley, Tom. "TV: On Eve Of War in Germany." New York Times, September 17, 1979. (United States) *
--- article in New York City newspaper

Lulu in Berlin (1985)

anonymous. "Film Notes - A Conversation with Louise Brooks." Pacific Film Archive, February 19, 1983. (United States)
--- brief program notes from the PFA Film Series program "Louise Brooks: A Rediscovered Silent and a New Documentary" - Berkeley, California (follow
this link to access text)

Canby, Vincent. "Screen: Louise Brooks." New York Times, June 22, 1983. (United States) *
--- article in New York City newspaper

Shepard, Richard F. "Going Out Guide." New York Times, March 9, 1985. (United States) *
--- a screening is part of a Brooks' triple bill, referenced in New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Film Notes - Lulu in Berlin and Diary of a Lost Girl (Tagebuch einer Verlorenen)." Pacific Film Archive, October 5, 1985. (United States)
--- brief program notes from the PFA Film Series program "Treasures of the Silent Screen: A Tribute to Louise Brooks (1906-1985)" - Berkeley, California (follow this link to access text)

Segaloff, Nat. "Toasting the Pandora's Box star." Boston Herald, September 12, 1986. (United States) *
--- article about Lulu in Berlin

Thomas, Kevin. "Weekend Tribute to Honor Richard Leacock." Los Angeles Times, May 6, 1993. (United States) *
--- " . . . a wonderful, incisive 51-munite reminiscence with the brilliant and outspoken Louise Brooks, who vividly recalls in her sparse Rochester, N.Y. apartment, her legendary collaborations with G.W. Pabst, Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl." - Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Black Hawk Down fends off box office competition." Boston Herald, January 28, 2002. (United States) *
--- "Among its offerings are Lulu in Berlin (tomorrow, BU), Susan Steinberg Woll and Ricky Leacock's great 1981 interview with outspoken silent film star Louise Brooks." - brief notice in Boston, Massachusetts newspaper

Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995)

Monaco, James. "Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood." Cineaste, June, 1999. (United States) *
--- Brooks is mentioned in this review of the documentary series by Kevin Brownlow which included the actress

Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu (1998)

anonymous. "TCM Goes Looking For the Real Louise Brooks With the World Premiere Of Looking For Lulu." Business Wire, April 28, 1998. (United States)
--- wire service story

O'Leary, Devin D. "Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu" on TCM." Tucson Weekly, April 29, 1998. (United States) *
--- Tucson, Arizona newspaper

Bentley, Rick. "Ahead of her time." Fresno Bee, April 30, 1998. (United States) *
--- "The cable channel has finally opened a new Pandora's box of Hollywood insights with the latest cinema salute Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu" - article in Fresno, California newspaper

Garner, Jack. "TCM biography looks at the life of Louise Brooks." Gannett News Service, April 30, 1998. (United States)
--- wire service story; "Certainly, it's the first time any television channel has showcased three films with Brooks in a row. She's long been an often-discussed but seldom-seen actress."

T., S.C. "Our Ms. Brooks." Modern Maturity, May-June, 1998. (United States) *
--- brief article

Evenson, Laura. "Lovely Lulu Lives Again." San Francisco Chronicle, May 3, 1998. (United States) *
--- San Francisco, California newspaper

Garner, Jack. "Star turned Rochester recluse returns to the spotlight." Democrat and Chronicle, May 3, 1998. (United States) *
--- article in Rochester, New York newspaper

Morrison, Benjamin. "Lulu's Back in Town." Times Picayune, May 3, 1998. (United States) *
--- "It's been 60 years since actress Louise Brooks made a movie. In some ways, she may be bigger now than in her heyday." - New Orleans, Louisiana newspaper

Letofsky, Irv. "Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu." Hollywood Reporter, May 4, 1998. (United States) *
--- short preview piece

anonymous. "Silent-screen siren is at her sexy best in 'Pandora's Box'." Standard-Times, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- capsule review; newspaper serving Massachusetts' South Coast

Bianco, Robert. "Critic's Corner." USA Today, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- brief mention with portrait

Bianculli, David. "Documentary A Real 'Lulu' ." New York Daily News, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- short preview piece; "She's like a glamorous, rebellious, troubled heroine out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel . . . ."

Curtright, Bob. "Rare films of silent siren Louise Brooks to air tonight." Wichita Eagle, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- article in Wichita, Kansas newspaper

Feran, Tim. "'20s Actress Brooks is in Spotlight." Columbus Dispatch, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- article in Columbus, Ohio newspaper

Heldenfels, R.D. "'Pandora's Box' star found hope after pain." Akron Beacon Journal, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- Akron, Ohio newspaper

Kaltenbach, Chris. "TV bio revives flame of silent film starlet." Baltimore Sun, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- capsule review; Baltimore, Maryland newspaper

Laurence, Robert P. "Louise Brooks was simply one of a kind." San Diego Union-Tribune, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- San Diego, California newspaper

McDonough, Kevin. "Silent-film star Brooks showcases her talents in Pandora's Box." Sacramento Bee, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- brief article in Sacramento, California newspaper

Ringel, Eleanor. "Turner's documentary on Louise Brooks is a real lulu." Atlanta Journal and Constitution, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- "The esteemed critic Kenneth Tynan once wrote of her, '(She is) the only star actress I can imagine either being enslaved by or wanting to enslave; and a dark lady worthy of any poet's devotion.' This TCM special gives us a hint why." - article in Atlanta, Georgia newspaper

Thomas, Kevin. "'Louise Brooks' Looks Back at Brief, Brilliant Career." Los Angeles Times, May 5, 1998. (United States) *
--- article in Los Angeles, California newspaper

Weintraub, Joanne. "Our Miss Brooks: Remembering a Lulu of an actress." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 5, 1998. (United States)
--- Milwaukee, Wisconsin newspaper

various authors. "Television / What To Watch." Entertainment Weekly, May 8, 1998. (United States)
--- capsule review; " 'I have a gift for enraging people. But if I ever bore you, it will be with a knife,' said Brooks in a typically sassy bon mot. The actress' wit, audacity, and one-of-a-kind look made her a Hollywood phenomenon in the '20s. But, as the eye-opening documentary shows, it was that same dynamism that eventually landed her on the Tinseltown scrap heap--a downfall just barely redeemed by her posthumous cult idolization."

Leonard, John. "Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu." New York, May 11, 1998. (United States)
--- favorable capsule review; magazine

Johnson, Gary. "Looking for Lulu: Louise Brooks." Images, no. 6, Spring, 1998. (United States) *
--- review in internet film journal

anonymous. "Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu ." filethirteen.com, 1998. (United States) *
--- web-based publication

S., Nick G. "Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu ." Film Frog, 1998? (United States) *
--- review on Sonoma State University website; Sonoma, California

Krebs, Josef. "Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu." Stereo Review's Sound & Vision, October, 1999. (United States)
--- short review of the video release

Belton, Mary. "Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu." TV Ultra, October 10, 1999. (United States) *
--- web-based publication

Deming, Mark. "Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu." All Movie Guide, circa 2000. (United States) *
--- capsule review on film website

Gladysz, Thomas. "Exceptional documentary about a singular actress." IMDb, October, 2004. (United States) *
--- review on film website

Mysteries and Scandals: Louise Brooks (1999)

 

 


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