Lulu (1962 film)

Lulu (also released in the UK as No Orchids for Lulu) is a 1962 Austrian crime drama film written and directed by Rolf Thiele. The film is an adaptation of Frank Wedekind's Lulu plays—Earth Spirit (Erdgeist, 1895) and Pandora's Box (Die Büchse der Pandora, 1904)—and stars Nadja Tiller (as Lulu), O. E. Hasse, and Hildegard Knef.

Directed byRolf Thiele
Produced byOtto Dürer
Screenplay byRolf Thiele
Based onThe Lulu plays
by Frank Wedekind
Music byKarl de Groof
CinematographyMichel Kelber
Edited byEleonore Kunze
Vienna Film
Distributed by
  • Europa-Filmverleih AG
  • NWDF
Release date
  • June 7, 1962 (1962-06-07) (West Germany)
Running time
100 min.

Sadoul's Dictionary of Films describes Thiele's work as "[a] heavy-handed, almost absurd version" of Wedekind's plays.[1] But Robert von Dassanowsky credits Lulu as one of the "few notable [Austrian] dramas during the early 1960s".[2]


The story of a sexually enticing young dancer who rises up in society through her relationships with wealthy men, but later falls into poverty and prostitution, culminating in an encounter with Jack 'the Ripper'.



  1. Sadoul, Georges (1972) [1965]. Dictionary of Films. Translated, edited and updated by Peter Morris. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University of California Press. p. 46. ISBN 0-520-01864-8. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  2. Dassanowsky, Robert von (November 2006). "Austria's 1960s Film Trauma: Notes on a Cinematic Phoenix". Undercurrents. FIPRESCI (3). Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013.

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