Dir. G.W. Pabst (1929).
Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s Lulu plays, Pabst’s late silent is itself something of a Chinese box. Is the movie’s resident Pandora, Louise Brooks, inside the character of Lulu or is Lulu inside her? Seldom has an actress been more closely identified with a particular part. “The film is ‘atmosphere’ without content,” critic Harry Potamkin complained. But the content is Brooks—the most enchanting of innocent monsters.
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