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Diary of a Lost Girl [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
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A masterwork of the German silent cinema whose reputation has only increased over time, Diary of a Lost Girl [Tagebuch einer Verlorenen] traces the journey of a young woman from the pit of despair to the moment of personal awakening. Directed with virtuoso flair by the great G. W. Pabst, Diary of a Lost Girl represents the final pairing of the filmmaker with screen icon Louise Brooks, mere months after their first collaboration in the now-legendary Pandora's Box [Die Büchse der Pandora].
Brooks plays Thymian Henning, an unprepossessing young woman seduced by an unscrupulous and mercenary character employed at her father's pharmacy (played with gusto by Fritz Rasp, the degenerate villain of such Fritz Lang classics as Metropolis, Spione, and Frau im Mond). After Thymian gives birth to his child and rejects her family's expectations for marriage, the baby is stripped from her care, and Thymian enters a purgatorial reform school that seems less an institute of higher learning than a conduit for fulfilling the headmistress's sadistic sexual fantasies.
The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this glorious restoration of an iconic German film for the first time anywhere on Blu-ray.
SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT (BLU-RAY + DVD) EDITION FEATURES
- New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray with a progressive encode on the DVD
- Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
- Piano score by Javier Pérez de Aspeitia
- New and exclusive video essay, Naked on My Goat, by filmmaker and critic David Cairns (Blu-ray only)
- 48-PAGE BOOKLET including writing by Louise Brooks, Lotte Eisner, Louelle Interim, Craig Keller, and R. Dixon Smith - alongside rare archival imagery
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Firstly, the original US DVD has the amazing bonus 1930 short (18 min.) feature "Windy Riley Goes Hollywood" which is currently the ONLY speaking Brooks film on DVD (we're not counting the cheap 'n' shoddy US DVD-Rs here). A spectacular little gem, that although somewhat degraded in both picture and sound, shows the beautiful Louise in talking and dancing brilliance. And she sounds like an angel. If only there'd have been more. This comedy gem was directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle after his criminal and unfair Hollywood blacklisting and was one of his final works too. Probobaly the best print of this short available.
The main feature is not as good as the Eureka Region 2 DVD (which is not going to be surpassed) but certainly looks great. Worth the money for "Windy Riley..." alone.
Of course, the Eureka Region 2 DVD is stunning. A fantastic looking print, great bonuses and an informative book ('booklet' doesn't do it justice). If you're a fan of Louise then I'd highly recommend both.
Discovered by P.W. Pabst - the same Austrian director who discovered Garbo.
Louise Brooks made Pandora's Box in 1928, and as she said in an interview, Pabst and her hit it from the first moment, so when Pabst asked her to starr in the second film in his diptych, but couldn't offer much money as this was his own production (she had $1000 a week for Pandora) she didn't hesitate to take the chance of working with the great Pabst.
The film itself was brutally edited by distributors as it dealt with critique of the bourgaisie and it's double standards.
Louise Brooks has that stunning beauty paired with innocence.
Pabst knew Louise was a dancer so he let her dance her role, and to act as herself (the hardest thing to do) and the result is a neglected masterpiece.
This is the restored version from 2012 and should be in any serious cinophiles library.
Sadly she made one more film after this one, a talkie (dubbed by a not very talented actress) hated the idea of learning a foreign language and got blacklisted by Hollywood as she had no time for fools or dilettantes and was very frank about it, so yes the head of Paramount spread a rumour that she was unrecordable - as she had turned him down accurately.
It's a pre neorealistic melodram based on a highly provocative novel from 1906 about the decline of chemist's daughter she get's seduced and raped by her fathers employee (her father who got the maid pregnant, and the maid commits suicide)...'
Pabst way of filming, always trying new techniques and casting a great cast makes it more than worthwhile.
And, as someone else mentioned already, if you like this, you should also watch "Pandora's Box", also directed by Pabst and featuring Louise Brooks.
A world lost - but a world we are connected to since today
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