Acts 2 & 3 are a trial, but after that it has something of the wrenching yet vaguely farcical feel of 'Requiem For a Dream' in that it becomes a melodramatic descent into death and despair... but then the tawdriness of it all is elevated by a suddenly beautiful last 10 minutes that is moving in unexpected, confusing ways. I think one's enjoyment of the film is pretty contingent upon how much one <3 Louise Brooks.
COUNTESS GESCHWITZ. Let me mention her first, because not many do, though her character is frankly way more interesting than that of Lulu. Of course this is a great, well-made film, and story complaints belong mostly with Wedekind, but still, it ranks as one of the most regressive silents I've seen in a long time. Funnily, Jessner's more symbolic and minimal approach to the same story made Erdgeist easier to stomach.
I gave this 3 3/4/5 stars. it was a little too long, not much dialogue, and very drawn out. however, the orchestral theme was absolutely beautiful/entrancing, as was Lulu's beautiful face. the plot was very suspenseful and creepy but it didn't do it for me. there were a few too many time gaps. it was a beautiful film, interesting, and important to see but its not one of my favorites.