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Diary of a Lost Girl


4.3 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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Diary of a Lost Girl represents the second and final work of one of the cinema's most compelling collaborations: G.W. Pabst and Louise Brooks. Together with Pandora's Box (1928), Diary 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" (Kevin Brownlow, The Parade's Gone By). Brooks, in a delicately restrained performance, plays the naive daughter of a prosperous pharmacist. Shy and faunlike, the wide-eyed innocent is made pregnant by her father's young assistant. To preserve family honor, she is sent to a repressive reform school from which she eventually escapes. Penniless and homeless, she is directed to a brothel where she becomes liberated and lives for the moment with radiant physical abandon. This Kino on Video version of Diary of a Lost Girl has been mastered from a new restoration of the film made by a group of European archives (see insert card) which adds approximately nine minutes of previously censored footage never seen in the United States. An evocative new score has been added by Joseph Turrin.

The mystique and stunning beauty of Louise Brooks are on glorious display in Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), Brooks's second historic collaboration (after Pandora's Box) with director G.W. Pabst. In a restrained performance that a lesser actress would've taken over the top, Brooks strikes a resonant note of innocence, tenacity, and worldliness as Thymian, the idealistic daughter of an unscrupulous pharmacist, who is raped by her father's lecherous assistant. Forced to leave her child with a midwife, she escapes from a hellish reform school and is drawn into a brothel as if her fate were predetermined. Pabst tells her story (from Margurethe Bohme's novel) with lurid flourishes, especially in his encouragement of leering, grotesque performances from Thymian's ruthless exploiters. Mature even by modern standards, this lurid melodrama spans a full spectrum of emotions, expressed with subtle nuance by Brooks, who casts her spell in close-ups that will take your breath away. --Jeff Shannon

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Special features

  • Newly remastered from a recently restored 35mm print, including 10 minutes of rarely seen footage
  • Includes complete sound short subject: Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1931), starring Louise Brooks and directed by Fatty Arbuckle under an alias

Product details

  • Actors: Louise Brooks, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp, André Roanne, Vera Pawlowa
  • Directors: Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
  • Writers: Ernest Pagano, Jack Townley, Ken Kling, Margarete Böhme, Rudolf Leonhardt
  • Producers: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005QW58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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