Peter Cowie Louise Brooks: Lulu Forever

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Louise Brooks: Lulu Forever

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Louise Brooks has become one of the most spectacular icons of early cinema. Her distinctive "bob" haircut looks as modern as they did when she first appeared in films in 1925. Louise Brooks was born on November 14, 1906 in Cherryvale, Kansas, and by eighteen had established herself as a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies, and was receiving film offers from both MGM and Paramount. In 1928, she starred in William Wellman's Beggars of Life. Meanwhile she was mingling with the high and mighty of Hollywood, having a passionate affair with Charlie Chaplin, spending weekends at William Randolph Hearst's castle and captivating such men as William S. Paley, the founder of CBS. Her brief, yet spectacular role in Howard Hawks' A Girl in Every Port impressed G.W. Pabst, the German maestro who was seeking an actress for his upcoming production, Pandora's Box. He rejected Marlene Dietrich in favor of Brooks, who went to Berlin and made not only Pandora's Box but also Diary of a Lost Girl, forever ensuring her status as a screen icon.This exquisitely produced album celebrates Lulu with rare film footage stills, private photos, letters, interviews, and text by renowned film critic Peter Cowie, exploring this influential cult figure and abiding symbol of the Jazz Age.

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Peter Cowie, a noted film historian and author of more than twenty books on cinema, corresponded with Louise Brooks from 1965 to 1982. Jack Garner is the chief film critic for the Gannett News Service.

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"Lulu Forever exists for its art, and on that score it delivers magnificently: I'd never seen fully half of the images in the book. There are scene stills, candids, snapshots, everything documenting the deadly lure of Lulu. Oddly, there are no pictures of Brooks as a ravaged old woman in a small apartment in Rochester-that would violate the masturbatory fantasia the book seeks to evoke." -- 12/18 NEW YORK OBSERVER

"affectionate and insightful portrait" -- Feb MALIBU TIMES MAGAZINE

"presented luminously..." "By turns gleeful, sultry and pensive, the shots are a photographic paean to Brooks' girlish beauty." -- 12/03/06 AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

".....finding a certain comfort and familiarity in the heft and subtle texture of the cover and gilded lettering." -- SHELTER INTERIORS, April, 2007

"Cowie's new book is a fitting, even fascinating literary tribute .... It is a valuable addition to film history." -- PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, July, 2007

"Fans of the cinema will treasure Louise Brooks: Lulu Forever." -- VOGUE, December, 2006

"This beautiful book is chock-full of the peeling and romantic furnishings, books and mementos Carter surrounds herself with." -- PAPERCITY MAGAZINE HOUSTON, November, 2006

"This beautifully produced album celebrates this early screen star as Lulu with rare film footage stills, photos, letters, interviews, and text by film critic Peter Cowie." -- METROSOURCE NY, October, 2006

"lavishly illustrated...[Peter Cowie's] personal reflections on the ironies of her fate lend this volume an unexpected poignancy." -- VILLAGE VOICE, December, 2006

"...the gorgeously illustrated [book] captures the myth better than any of her films." -- Oct06 OUT

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