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Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu (1998)

Documentary recounting the life story of Louise Brooks in 5 sections: "Lulu in Toe Shoes"; "Lulu in Hollywood"; "Lulu in Berlin"; "Lulu in Hell"; and "Resurrection". Narrated by Shirley ... See full summary »

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Documentary recounting the life story of Louise Brooks in 5 sections: "Lulu in Toe Shoes"; "Lulu in Hollywood"; "Lulu in Berlin"; "Lulu in Hell"; and "Resurrection". Narrated by Shirley MacLaine and featuring numerous interviews with friends and relatives of the legendary star, it also contains excerpts from many of her films including her first on-screen appearance. Written by van Goethem

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This documentary is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for Pandora's Box (1929). See more »

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Very good but a bit too short and shallow...
25 June 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This one-hour documentary was produced by Hugh Hefner and was narrated by Shirley MacLaine. It is an overview of the silent and early talkie star Louise Brooks and is accompanied by some film clips, stills, interviews of her family (who weren't actually that complementary of her) and interviews of her friends and people in the film industry.

I realize that Louise Brooks' film career was pretty brief, but I still felt that this documentary, though good, is a bit too short. That's because the period of her life between her last film and her death is WAY too quickly covered--even though it was more than half her life. In addition, I would have also enjoyed more of a psychological exploration of her life, as Brooks was clearly self-destructive and quirky (to say the least). In fact, she was known for being such an odd-ball--yet the film doesn't give you a lot of insight into why. So, if you want a nice general overview of her life but don't demand any more, then by all means watch and enjoy this film. However, if you are looking for a bit more, then you might be a bit disappointed.


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