Pandora’s Books

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. V, no. 3, p. 8, January/February 1994:

Pandora’s Books will combine slides and performance to create a live silent film. Deborah Dunn will play Louise Brooks, whose best known role is Lulu in G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box (1929). Perfectly poised in opposition to bourgeois morality, Lulu is an innocent and seductive symbol of catastrophe to anxious male identity in crisis. This classical polarity of ethics and sexuality leaves Lulu and Louise Brooks out in the cold. Brooks, in her own life, embodied the Pandora myth by refusing to keep a lid on her passion. Louise’s mischiefs plagued New York, Hollywood and Berlin where she burned any bridges that would grant her the stardom she deserved. Later in her poverty stricken solitude Louise attempted to write her memoires but ran into the same fears that made Pandora regret her act.

“In writing the history of a life, I believe absolutely that the reader cannot understand the character and deeds of the subject unless they are given a basic understanding of that person’s sexual loves, hates and conflicts. It is the only way the reader can make sense out of innumerable apparently senseless actions.” - Louise Brooks

Digitized video available through Western Front Archives upon research request.