Save 25% off Louise Brooks edition of The Diary of a Lost Girl

Enter coupon code ONEMORETHING305 at checkout and receive 25% off the "Louise Brooks edition" of The Diary of a Lost Girl, edited by Louise Brooks Society director Thomas Gladysz. This great offer expires on January 6, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST, so don't miss out! You can only use this code once per account, and unfortunately you can't use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. Follow this link to place an order at Lulu.com

"Gladysz provides an authoritative series of essays that tell us about the author, the notoriety of her work (which was first published in 1905), and its translation to the screen. Production stills, advertisements, and other ephemera illustrate these introductory chapters. In today’s parlance this would be called a 'movie tie-in edition,' but that seems a rather glib way to describe yet another privately published work that reveals an enormous amount of research — and passion." -- Leonard Maltin

"Read today, it's a fascinating time-trip back to another age, and yet remains compelling. As a bonus, Gladysz richly illustrates the text with stills of Brooks from the famous film." -- Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

"Thomas Gladysz is the leading authority on all matters pertaining to the legendary Louise Brooks. We owe him a debt of gratitude for bringing the groundbreaking novel, The Diary of a Lost Girl - the basis of Miss Brooks's classic 1929 film - back from obscurity. It remains a fascinating work." -- Lon Davis, author of Silent Lives

"Long relegated to the shadows, Margarete Böhme's 1905 novel, The Diary of a Lost Girl has at last made a triumphant return. In reissuing the rare 1907 English translation of Böhme's German text, Thomas Gladysz makes an important contribution to film history, literature, and, in as much as Böhme told her tale with much detail and background contemporary to the day, sociology and history. He gives us the original novel, his informative introduction, and many beautiful and rare illustrations. This reissue is long overdue, and in all ways it is a volume of uncommon merit." -- Richard Buller, author of A Beautiful Fairy Tale: The Life of Actress Lois Moran

"Most certainly a book for all you Louise Brooks fans out there!! And silent cinema fans in general as well." -- Bristol Silents (UK) newsletter


2010 Update: Then and now

Greetings from the Louise Brooks Society, an online archive and fan club devoted to the actress best known for her role as Lulu in Pandora's Box, the classic 1929 German silent film.. The LBS is located at http://www.pandorasbox.com/

Louise BrooksIf you've come across this blog, you may have noticed it is no longer active. Back in June of last year I decided to move this blog over to a new home. And since then, I have posted more than 100 entries about all kinds of interesting Louise Brooks-related topics. Be sure and check out the new LBS blog at http://louisebrookssociety.blogspot.com/. It's interesting reading, if I do say so myself.

For example, did you know that not only one, but two new Brooks-related books have recently been published? And there are rumors of yet another restoration of Pandora's Box in the works. And the popular singer / songwriter Rufus Wainwright is about the release a Louise Brooks-inspired CD? All this and more can be found on the new blog.

Since June of last year, the Louise Brooks Society has been busy in the arena of social networking. The LBS now has it's own Twitter account at http://twitter.com/LB_Society.  The LBS has also established a presence on both Facebook and LibraryThing. Please do visit if you are so inclined. There are friends and interesting things to be found as well on those satellite sites

The LBS also has it's own online radio station, called RadioLulu. The station plays Louise Brooks inspired, silent film themed music of the Twenties through today - including film music, songs by the actress' contemporaries, vintage jazz, dance bands, and contemporary pop songs about this famous silent film star. Heck, we may even add a Rufus Wainwright song or two later on. RadioLulu can be found at http://www.live365.com/stations/298896  Or, you can tune-in by clicking on the widget below.

Otherwise, things proceed apace for the Louise Brooks Society. We try and keep busy. . . . This summer, the LBS will be celebrating its 15th anniversary. The Louise Brooks Society was founded and first went online in 1995. It is, without a doubt, one of the oldest silent film related websites on the internet.

Back in 2005, the film historian & television personality Leonard Maltin wrote up the Louise Brooks Society. Maltin noted, "Not many sites of any kind can claim to be celebrating a tenth anniversary online, but that’s true of the Louise Brooks Society, devoted to the life and times of the magnetic silent-film star and latter-day memoirist. Thomas Gladysz has assembled a formidable amount of material on the actress and her era; there’s not only a lot to read and enjoy, but there’s a gift shop and even a 'Radio Lulu' function that allows you to listen to music of the 1920s. Wow!"

The Louise Brooks Society is happy to share. Long live Lulu.


A new blog for the Louise Brooks Society

After more than 6 years and some 1,327 entries, I've decided to move the Louise Brooks Society blog from LiveJournal to Blogger. The new LBS blog is located at http://louisebrookssociety.blogspot.com/

There is still a lot of work to be done in preparation of the move. I am still messing around with Blogger settings. And, I still need to redirect numerous links to the new blog as well as post notices of the change. Hopefully, the handful of readers the old LJ blog attracted won't mind the change to much

This is not a decision I came to quickly. I have been thinking about it a lot. I love LiveJournal and its community. And, it has been the home to the LBS blog for a long time since I started blogging in 2003. However, Blogger's many, many features make it hard to resist.

Please visit the new blog at http://louisebrookssociety.blogspot.com/

From silents to sound

A recent article for examiner.com briefly discusses Louise Brooks and some of the actors and actresses who worked both in silent and sound films. The article, a review of Roy Liebman's From Silents to Sound: A Biographical Encyclopedia of Performers Who Made the Transition to Talking Pictures (McFarland), can be found at www.examiner.com/x-7605-SF-Silent-Film-Examiner~y2009m6d16-From-silents-to-sound--book-details-tipping-point-in-Hollywood-history  Check it out!


Love Em and Leave Em to screen in Australia

Love Em and Leave Em, the delightful Louise Brooks film from 1926, will be shown on Sunday June 21at the Australian Cinémathèque, which is part of the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, one of the largest public art museums in Australia. For more information on the 11:00 am screening, visit http://qag.qld.gov.au/?a=71135

According to the email I received from Australian Cinémathèque, "The Cinémathèque is currently screening a film program titled ‘Hollywood on the Hudson’ accompanying the ‘American Impressionism and Realism, A Landmark Exhibition from The Met’, The Metropolitan Museum of the Arts, New York at the Queensland Art Gallery.

‘Hollywood on the Hudson’ film program features classic films from the 1920s and 1930s which encapsulate a rich, vibrant and culturally aware New York City at a time of great economic and social change. As part of this program we will be screening Love 'em and Leave 'em 1926 / Dir: Frank Tuttle starring Louise Brooks on 21 June. All films in the ‘Hollywood on the Hudson’ program are screened with free admission and no bookings are required. Silent films in the program, including Love 'em and Leave 'em 1926 are accompanied live by the Wurlitzer Organ."

In search of the perfect bob, in the Philippines

The Philippine Daily Inquirer, from Manila, recently ran a story titled "In search of the perfect bob." In it, the reporter discusses her own quest for the haircut, as well as a bit of it's history.

It has been a long debate on who actually started the classic bob. But American Hairdresser magazine, in an article on March 1, 2007, “The Way We Were,” credited dancer Irene Castle for the bob, which used to be called “Castle Bob” in 1915.

There was also the tale of an unpopular girl whose life changed after she got her new bob, as told in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, “Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” published in the Saturday Evening Post in May 1920.

Others credit the bob to Coco Chanel or the American dancer and actress Louise Brooks, with her ebony black, blunt bob with bangs.

Anna Wintour has been sporting the page-boy bob since she was 14.

Why is the ’do still popping up to this day?

The popularity of the bob knows no bounds. Neither does its identification with Louise Brooks. Both are worldwide phenomena!


Cute as a boy

No need to visit the Louise Brooks beauty shop - she's even cute as a boy.


Louise Brooks Beauty Shop

While scrolling through microfilm, I came across these old advertisements. One is for the Louise Beauty Shop in New York City. I wonder if Louise Brooks knew of it?

The other advertisement is is for a novel called Kinks, a "sensational novel about show business." I found a few copies available online for as little as $10.00. The one seller of a copy available in dustjacket reports that it featured ilustrations by Vargas.