Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Movie Review: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

Diary of a Lost Girl movie poster
Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) - Directed by G.W. Pabst; Written by Rudolf Leonhard; Cinematography by Sepp Allgeier and Fritz Arno Wagner; Starring Louise Brooks, Fritz Rasp, Josef Rovensky and Sybille Schmitz.

By Kenny Howell

Late in the 1920s, Strassenfilm, or street films, started take hold in German cinema. It was a shift from the expressionist period in the early decade, and dealt more with society’s problems. Not many did it better than G.W. Pabst.

Diary of a Lost Girl concerns Thymiane, a woman who was sent to a boarding school after giving birth to a child. She escapes and comes back to find her baby. When she finds the baby is dead, Count Osdorff puts her up in a brothel because her family won’t take her back. She eventually marries the count, but she can’t escape her past. American actress Louise Brooks plays the lead role strikingly well.

Rating: ****

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