Nonfiction | June 01, 1983
Lulu in Rochester: Self-Portrait of an Anti-Star
The full text of this essay is not currently available online.
In 1928 — at the age of 22 — Louise Brooks gave one of the best performances in the silent cinema as Lulu, an amoral woman of pleasure whose character had fascinated German artists since the 1890s. Director G.W. Pabst had searched for his star all over Europe, and he was ready to sign Marlene Dietrich when he heard that Louise Brooks, a refugee from Cherryvale, Kansas, a former Ziegfield girl and rising Paramount star, was willing to take the role. As Brooks recalls, contemporary critics complained that her performance was an utter blank: “Louise Brooks cannot act. She does not suffer. She does nothing.” But, this was precisely the point.
If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member at an institution whose library subscribes to Project Muse, you can read this piece and the full archives of the Missouri Review for free. Check this list to see if your library is a Project Muse subscriber.
Want to read more?Subscribe Today
SEE THE ISSUE
6.3 (Summer 1983)
Featuring work by Deb Allerby, Jack Barrack, Ginger Bingham, Jonathan Cohen, Karen Fish, David Groff, Nancy Shields Hardin, John Helton, Jr., Andrew Hudgins, Jerome Kinkowitz, Philip Levine, Robert McNamera, Michael Milburn, R.K. Narayan, Eric Pankey, Ira Sadoff, Gary Soto, Stephen Tapscott, Barry Targan, Jeanie Thompson, and Dan Thrapp.
Editors' Prize Winner
Jun 02 2021
Opera House By Robert Stothart Everything seemed married to everything else. —Gustave Baumann, printmaker, Santa Fe Overture A mere 7,918 miles in diameter, Earth, our home together, travels a minuscule
Jun 02 2021
The Valley of Boys
The Valley of Boys Sage Marshall Boys, boys, a valley of boys. We lived in a small town. The snow rose in silent blankets outside the classroom window. It came
Mar 02 2021
A Series of Tubes
Although widely ridiculed for the statement, the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was right when he said, “The Internet is a series of tubes.” He was just off by a