Diary Of A Lost Girl NR

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Diary of a Lost Girl confirmed Pabst's artistry as one of the great directors of the silent period and established Brooks as an "actress of brilliance, a luminescent personality and a beauty unparalleled in screen history".

Starring:
Andrews Engelmann, Fritz Rasp
Runtime:
1 hour 57 minutes

Diary Of A Lost Girl

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Genres Drama
Director Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Starring Andrews Engelmann, Fritz Rasp
Supporting actors Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp, Vera Pawlowa, Franziska Kinz, Arnold Korff, Andrews Engelmann, Valeska Gert, Edith Meinhard, Sybille Schmitz, Sig Arno, Kurt Gerron, Hedwig Schlichter, Hans Casparius, Jaro Fürth, Emmy Wyda, Marfa Kassatskaya, Sylvia Torf, Michael von Newlinsky
Studio Viacom Media Networks
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Innocently pushed in a world of sin and decadence, Miss Brooks gives the peformance of her life.
tanjaminge@classicfilm.zzn.com
This new Kino DVD version of DIARY OF A LOST GIRL contains footage that has been added, re-edited, and even RE-SHOT, compared to Kino's 1990 VHS version.
keviny01
The film is in true black & white (no tinting on this version), and the score is a very suitable composition that is quite appropriate here.
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful By keviny01 on November 21, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This new Kino DVD version of DIARY OF A LOST GIRL contains footage that has been added, re-edited, and even RE-SHOT, compared to Kino's 1990 VHS version.
I did a side-by-side comparison of the DVD and the 1990 VHS tape version and found that director G.W. Pabst had apparently shot two versions of some scenes -- one version being used on the 1990 VHS version, another on this DVD. Most of the differences are minute, such as actors standing on slightly different spots or posing or gesturing a little differently. For instance, at time 00:02:39 on the DVD, Thymian (Louise Brooks) is standing at the doorway with her arms bent. But in the 1990 VHS version, the same shot shows that her arms are straight. At time 00:03:43 of the DVD, Thymian bends forward (toward camera) to pick something up on the floor. In the 1990 VHS version, she bends sideways (to viewer's right) to pick it up. A few re-shot scenes, however, have more drastic differences, with the tone and mood of the scene altered considerably. At 00:04:50, Meinert raises his eyebrows and nods at Thymian, who returns a flirtatious smile. In the 1990 VHS version, however, Meinert only smiles softly, and Thymian's expression is more restrained. At 00:07:52 of the DVD, after Thymian sees what Meinert wrote in her diary, she turns her head slowly and stares incredulously at Meinert for a moment, then locks her diary. In the 1990 VHS version, she simply locks her diary and never looks at Meinert.
Kino emailed me a list of about 80 differences between the 1990 VHS version (which they call the "English version") and the new DVD version (which they call the "German version"). The list reveals there are actually some scenes on the 1990 VHS version that are not on this DVD.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ed N on October 28, 2001
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WOW!!! I never in my wildest dreams thought this silent film classic starring Louise Brooks was coming to DVD! I thought for sure Pandora's Box (Ms. Brooks' most famous film) would come first. And furthermore, I thought Criterion would be the company to release the film, but it looks like Kino's will have the honor. That's not bad, either - Kino's has a LOT of good foreign/silent/independent films, and I've always liked their VCR tapes, so I'm looking forward eagerly to Diary of a Lost Girl.
For those not in the know, Louise Brooks was the ultimate flapper girl of the 1920s. She was probably more famous for her haircut, beauty, and lifestyle than her films. But her film legacy is firmly established by two German films she made after leaving Hollywood briefly - Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl, both by G.W. Pabst (one of the legendary silent film directors). Both films, if you can find them, are absolute classics. The German expressionist style has rarely been more beautifully captured than in Pandora's Box (Hitchcock used this style too in a lot of his early black/white films). And I was lucky enough to find a beat-up VHS copy of Diary. If you like silent films, you can't go wrong with this film either! The imagery is stunning, Louise Brooks looks gorgeous and gives a moving performance a young lady who, having lost her virtue, is consequently shunned by society and has to learn to care for herself. I don't like to give away plots, so that's all I'll say, but I am looking forward to owning this film on DVD! Highly recommended!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robert Badgley on May 21, 2006
Format: DVD
I am giving this most recent version on DVD of the Pabst/Brooks collaboration 'Diary of a Lost Girl' just three stars.

Like their previous effort 'Pandora's Box',this film will never be shown in its' complete form.Both were butchered by censors in Germany,Europe and in North America for their "explicit" content and to make it more palatable for the particular countries' audiences.

I have personally seen over the years about six different versions of this film and all have subtle differences or complete ommissions.This is the most comprehensive version but it does have its' differences both subtle and major.

One major piece returned to the film is a scene on the beach where the customer who first 'took' Louise as a brothel employee,now returns asking if she remembers him.It's nice to see it there but because of the previous cuts to this film it does nothing to advance the plot and could easily have stayed out.

Throughout the film there are a few scenes I have noticed,like the previous reviewer,that have alternate takes inserted that differ with the /90 VHS version.Furthermore there are also scenes which the VHS version does have and this DVD version does NOT have.An example is the "lottery" scene where Louise is being auctioned off in the nightclub.In the VHS version there are two cuts to the reaction of the his father,wife and assistant.The most telling and important of the two showing his wife smirking at Louise has been ommitted from the new DVD version.VERY unfortunate as it does so much,among other things,to emphasize Louises' hurt and abondonment.

Another scene reinserted in this new version is the dancing lesson scene.
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