G. W. Pabst, 1929

PLEASE NOTE: This is an NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region free, DVD release

Newly remastered from a recently restored 35mm print, including 10 minutes of rarely seen and previously censored footage
Includes complete sound short subject: Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1931), starring Louise Brooks and directed by Fatty Arbuckle under an alias

The mystique and stunning beauty of Louise Brooks are on glorious display in Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), Brooks’s second historic collaboration (after Pandora’s Box) with director G.W. Pabst. In a restrained performance that a lesser actress would’ve taken over the top, Brooks strikes a resonant note of innocence, tenacity, and worldliness as Thymian, the idealistic daughter of an unscrupulous pharmacist, who is raped by her father’s lecherous assistant. Forced to leave her child with a midwife, she escapes from a hellish reform school and is drawn into a brothel as if her fate were predetermined. Pabst tells her story (from Margurethe Bohme’s novel) with lurid flourishes, especially in his encouragement of leering, grotesque performances from Thymian’s ruthless exploiters. Mature even by modern standards, this lurid melodrama spans a full spectrum of emotions, expressed with subtle nuance by Brooks, who casts her spell in close-ups that will take your breath away. –Jeff Shannon

Film details:


Germany 1929 B&W 116 min.

Directed by G. W. Pabst

Screenplay by Rudolf Leonhardt

From the novel by Margarethe Böhme

Photographed by Sepp Allgeier

With Louise Brooks, Fritz Rasp, Edith Meinhard, Vera Pawlowa, Josef Rovensky

Music Composed and Performed by Joseph Turrin


US 1930 B&W 18 min.

Directed by William Goodrich (Pseudonym for Roscoe Arbuckle)

Written by Ernest Pagano and Jack Townley

With Louise Brooks and Jack Shutta