GERMANY | 1929 | 112 mins | NR
“Louise Brooks is the only woman who had the ability to transfigure no matter what filmi nto a masterpiece…She is much more than a myth, she is a magical presence, a real phantom, the magnetism of the cinema.” – Ado Kyrou, Amour-eroticisme et cinema
Based on Margarethe Böhme’s scandalous novel, DIARY OF A LOST GIRL is Louise Brooks and director G.W. Pabst’s follow-up to the iconic PANDORA’S BOX. No less sensuous, controversial, or provocative, DIARY showcases Brooks at her most transfixing.
The story of an innocent young girl disowned and sent away by her family after she is seduced and abandoned by her father’s assistant, Pabst’s film never succumbs to melodrama, but rather turns the table on the tormentors of women.
With showers of champagne set in the high-class brothels of Berlin, DIARY is Weimar at its most powerful. DIARY is a silent masterwork released at the era’s death knell and a film that further reinforced Brooks’ status as an icon, even if it ended up being her last major work and final silent film. – ALICIA FLETCHER
Digital Restoration Courtesy of Kino Lorber
Director: G.W. Pabst
Cast: Louise Brooks; Fritz Rasp; Valeska Gert
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