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Snagged from the Louise Brooks Society blog:

George Eastman House unveils Louise Brooks' private journals. I would be lying if I said I wasn't curious.
quiet_curiosity: (LMAO)
Aria 4 is mine at last! All it took was a 30 minute trip to a B&N in another part of the metro complex. And we were both pretty amazed at how much better their manga selection was. It wasn't necessarily bigger but it had a better array of titles and volumes. And the staff didn't treat you like you were a slow witted idiot for still reading comic books (you're losing a valuable customer over this B&N that pops up on the way home from work - and the fact that you don't stock any part of the store very well doesn't help). So, we ended up spending way more money than had been originally intended. Issues? Aria 3 (along with 7 other various volumes) is still in transit and won't be here for the next couple of days.

Brooksie Talks!. Perhaps, all right - certainly, not as dynamic as Garbo Talks(!) but it's a nice peek at a speaking Louise Brooks that isn't the Windy Riley movie, the Richard Leacock interviews (which you can watch on the Pandora's Box supplemental disk in the form of the documentary Lulu in Berlin), or the Kevin Brownlow (I think?) interviews for the Hollywood documentary. But the clip doesn't alleviate any notions that the film is pap. Cat fight over an ugly man - that hasn't been played to death over the generations at all.

Further Brooksie related talk - and truly a weird note on what has and hasn't survived the silent era. Brooks' second role on film (and her first one for which she received listing in the credits) was The American Venus, a comedy about beauty pageants set in Atlantic City. It is presumed to be lost - but it's trailer is totally available. Actually, I believe that another trailer for this film was on youtube for awhile - it was either tinted or two-strip color.

Silent prospects for March? Totally dismal. It's one of the few times I can look at the schedule and roundly say that I've seen most of it. But Don Juan comes on toward the end of the month and I am slightly excited to see it. April, though, looks great.
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Dancer/Actress/Writer Mary Louise Brooks was born 102 years ago today in the town of Cherryvale, Kansas.

Despite her relatively short film career, she has one of the most recognizable faces from the silent era. But given how divinely she photographed, that was bound to happen. Her haircut is still routinely name checked every time a new starlet decides to try it out. Her acting is often natural and effortless looking, and she is often referred to as one of the first modern actors. Although an intelligent woman who couldn't suffer fools, she often seemed to be as hard on herself as she was anyone else. Brooks can often seems like a vivacious yet frustrating individual (there were times when reading her biography I would think "Don't do it...no no no...dammit!"), but her work is always worth checking out.

To learn more about Louise Brooks check out the Louise Brooks Society - home of all things Brooksie on the internet. Four of her films - The Show Off, Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl, and Prix de Beauté - are available on R1 DVD. Many of her other films are available from DVD-R distributors like Grapevine Video and Sunrise Silents. Her collected essays, Lulu in Hollywood, is readily availble via online booksellers.
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This is kind of like me - in kitty form. I'm all ineffective "rwar" without the overwhelming cuteness.

I've been such a downer lately. It's depressing. But once I finish up work on Thursday, I have a four day weekend. Woot! Perhaps I will then be able to finish the million things I have lying around? Or perhaps I'll get tipsy and watch old movies with the boyfriend? Only time will tell.

I went ahead and upgraded to the trillion icon slots option. I'm totally at a loss to fill them. I DID NOT SEE THIS COMING. I had tons of stuff saved up for this occasion but none of it works for me at the moment. I need more Dead Like Me icons. And it would be awesome if I could find someone who made either Ghost Hunt or Love*Com icons from the manga material and not the anime. And some Arrested Development stuff - although this one is obviously me not looking hard enough. I'm still hoping there will be an AD movie. A girl can dream, right?

I'm still slowly working my way through the Louise Brooks bio. I tend to only read it while waiting for my ride or just before I get to sleep. At the same time, her self-destructive streak sometimes forces me to close the book and walk away for awhile. It's like anytime you watch someone who could have it all throw it all away on whims/fear/spite/etc - it's almost painful. And, at this point in the bio, she's really hit the skids. It's almost tempting to skip ahead to somewhat happier times, but there is no point in doing so. You can't hide from the doldrums - yours or anyone else's.

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