Whatever happened to Edith Meinhard? Someone asks but no one knows.
Better than Pandora for Pabst & Brooks collaboration.
Louise Brooks is like a beautiful alien. I've never seen an actress look so other-worldly in motion. Also, the scene with the headmistress practically orgasming while directing the girls to do calisthenics is probably one of the most successful combinations of humor and perversity I've seen in a film (whether or not that was intentional, I don't know).
Incredible how Louise Brooks looks innocent throughout the whole movie even during the sleaziest scenes. Incredible how some of the actors look so modern that they seem to have just popped out of a TV show. Incredible how the 104 minutes of the film pass so quickly while I have to look at the clock every 30 minutes or so when I watch a modern-day movie. Masterpiece.
I saw this when I was a freshman in high school, and it prompted a totally weird adolescent phase in my life during which I dressed in faux-vintage 1920s outfits for several months and carved a Louise Brooks face into a pumpkin for Halloween.
louise brooks is a star but edith meinhard totally stole the show for me. google's not being helpful so if you have any info on her hmu me up! hope she's still alive out there, 109 yrs old and gorgeous, browsing the web and reading this, i'm a big fan of your work babe
my first Pabst - incredible, really. so many squared up shots of contorted faces, the party scene where thymian is obscured by dancing people is dizzied and beautiful, thematically brutal at times but lovely that a certain brand of morality can't extinguish thymian's grace and goodness.