Thursday, August 2, 2012
Louise Brooks-BEGGARS OF LIFE (1928) Restoration Trailer
William Wellman's BEGGARS OF LIFE isn't as well-known today as his World War I epic WINGS (which received a Blu-ray release from Paramount earlier this year), but it's quite good overall--marred by some racial stereotyping all too typical of its era. Along with Howard Hawks' A GIRL IN EVERY PORT, it's a key film in Louise Brooks' career, coming before the masterpieces she made in Europe with G.W. Pabst (PANDORA'S BOX, DIARY OF A LOST GIRL). The hoboes-riding-rails storyline was partially reworked by Wellman into the excellent WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD (1933), with Wellman's wife-to-be Dorothy Coonan playing a variation of Brooks' girl-disguised-as-boy role in BEGGARS.