Eureka! Entertainment are to release Diary of a Lost Girl [Tagebuch einer Verlorenen], starring the second and final work of one of the cinema's most compelling collaborations: G. W. Pabst and Louise Brooks, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of their award-winning The Masters of Cinema Series in November.
A masterwork of the German silent cinema whose reputation has only increased over time, Diary of a Lost Girl 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.
To adda bit of editorial to our news story, we should add that this really is an astonishing film and for our money the equal of Pandora's Box, and we loved that too. Check out of review of the previous Masters of Cinema DVD here.
Diary of a Lost Girl will be released on UK dual format (DVD and Blu-ray in one box)on 24th November 2014 by Eureka! Entertainment as part of the Masters of Cinema series at the RRP of £19.99.
Featuring a new high-definition 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray and the original German intertitles with optional English subtitles, the disc will have the following special features:
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
Here's a clip to whet your appetite: