USA Today - 11/30/2001
"...Brooks' looks and performance are so luminous and, by today's standards, so contemporary that her failure to make it in talkies continues to confound..."
Los Angeles Times - 01/22/2004
"With their remarkable rapport, Brooks and Pabst turned a Victorian tale into a timeless story of hypocrisy forgiven and of good triumphant over evil."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2007
"[W]holly convincing on screen...thanks to the psychological acuity of Pabst's direction, Brooks' luminous presence and a startlingly frank examination of sexual mores in Weimar Germany..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
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 faun-like, 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 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 final collaboration, following PANDORA'S BOX, between G.W. Pabst and Louise Brooks, the American silent film star whose look defined the Jazz Age, DIARY OF A LOST GIRL is a similarly lurid tale of a young woman's life. Brooks stars as Thymiane, a young girl life whose life collapses when she is raped and made pregnant by her father's young assistant. After a reform school escape she ends up in a brothel, which, ironically, leads her to a salvation of sorts. Silent film with piano and jazz ensemble score.
After she is assaulted by her father's friend, a young woman finds herself pregnant and imprisoned in a reform school. This stark film chronicles her descent from a safe middle class home to her life of degradation in a brothel, the death of her child and her tragic marriage.