Germany | 107 min.
black & white
New, progressive transfer from a new film restoration
A new piano score by Javier Pérez de Aspeitia
German intertitles with new optional English subtitles
40-page booklet including writing from Louise Brooks, Lotte H. Eisner, Louella Interim, Craig Keller, and R. Dixon Smith
G. W. Pabst, 1929
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 new restoration of an iconic German film.
by R. Dixon Smith, 2007