Louise Brooks and Lulu at 100
If she was still around . . . a thing devoutly to be wished in this epoch . . . Louise Brooks would have celebrated her 100th birthday today. As the first true fetish among cinephiles, she was plucked from a not unworthy series of comedies at Paramount by some German director and, in two films which will not be mentioned here, somehow invested every moment of her profoundly unforgettable performances with an erotic charge few of us will ever find in real life, and then only for fleeting seconds. That 'somehow' is one of those long enduring mysteries of Cinema . . . the kind we know we can solve if we just stare at that screen for as long as it takes.