Dir. G.W. Pabst (1929).
Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s Lulu plays, Pabst’s best-known 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 part. “The film is ‘atmosphere’ without content,” critic Harry Potamkin complained. But the content is Brooks—the most enchanting of innocent monsters.
Fri., Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 29, 2010