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.