Louise Brooks Speaks!

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Louise Brooks Speaks!

Post by Kitty » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:52 pm

It's funny, I don't know why I really never wondered what silent stars sounded like, but it's a pretty interesting subject! Here's Louise Brooks recorded on a wax cylinder. Neat to see the machine in action, too.
https://youtu.be/P-VK_uJGn-Y
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Re: Louise Brooks Speaks!

Post by donnie » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:10 am

Kevin Brownlow interviewed her extensively for the Hollywood series when she was older. (Have you seen her in that?) I can't remember exactly how her voice sounded—been awhile since I've watched it—but I think it's not too different from what's on the cylinder. (Wonder when that was made?)

I read somewhere that Brownlow had a difficult time interviewing her. I can't remember the details, but the gist of it was that she was very temperamental and would easily become upset and uncooperative. I wish I could remember where I read his comments on that.

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Re: Louise Brooks Speaks!

Post by Kitty » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:09 am

If that is true, we have no idea what the circumstances were surrounding that interview. Perhaps she didn't want to do it in the first place, and maybe they'd promised her that it would be no trouble at all, but there were multiple problems. Who knows?
Unfortunately, there is no info on that video at all about the recording.
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Re: Louise Brooks Speaks!

Post by donnie » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:36 pm

Here is what I was apparently thinking of. It comes from part 4 of an interview of Brownlow (see link). The whole thing looks like it might be interesting to read. The interviewer here is asking Brownlow why he had a lot of footage of Louise talking about Clara Bow, but none of her talking about herself.

http://annhardingstreasures.blogspot.co ... rt-iv.html
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Re: Louise Brooks Speaks!

Post by Kitty » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:48 pm

I sort of understand why she would have been annoyed!! She probably felt that it was quite rude of him, which it was!
You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

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