Diary of a Lost Girl
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst (Germany – 1929)
G.W. Pabst’s follow up to ‘Pandora’s Box’ features the haunting, iconic presence of Louise Brooks in the role of Thymiane Henning, the doe-eyed daughter of a prosperous pharmacist who falls pregnant and is forced to leave home and give up her baby. After a stint at a hellishly repressive reform school, she finds fulfilment at a swinging brothel. Brooks’s luminous exuberance and defiant sexual confidence oozes from the celluloid, while Pabst skilfully incorporates social realism with formal expressionism. Compelling and poetic, it remains a glowering indictment of bourgeois decadence.
Time Out (London) – Issue 1919 – 30th May 2007 – Page 88