Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Diary of a Lost Girl on Blu-Ray

The 1929 Louise Brooks film, Diary of a Lost Girl, has just been released on Blu-ray by Eureka in the UK. This is the film's first ever Blu-ray release. I haven't seen it yet, so can't speak to the quality of the film's presentation nor its accompanying booklet. [An extensive critique can be found here.] The following text comes from the Eureka website.

"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 MetropolisSpione, 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 restoration of an iconic German film for the first time anywhere on Blu-ray."
  • New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray
  • Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • Piano score of Javier Pérez de Aspeitia
  • New and exclusive video essay by filmmaker and critic David Cairns
  • 40-PAGE BOOKLET including writing by Louise Brooks, Lotte Eisner, Louelle Interim, Craig Keller, and R. Dixon Smith

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