358. Pandora’s Box

Lulu, the lead character in the masterful silent film PANDORA’S BOX, is the epitome of the femme fatale. With her charisma and unapologetic sexuality she easily seduces – and ultimately dooms – those around her.  But this film isn’t a morality play, and Lulu is not a villain.  She’s actually an innocent if spoiled girl, used to getting her way while oblivious to the destruction around her.  This is a role that takes an actress as gifted and stunningly beautiful as Louise Brooks to give it the allure and complexity it requires.  And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention cinema’s first lesbian portrayal.  Even though that character meets the same unfortunate fate as Lulu’s other admirers, I can’t tell you how glad I was that she didn’t end up either evil or dead, the clichés that would plague lesbian characters for the next several decades.

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