Whatever happened to Edith Meinhard? Someone asks but no one knows.
Better than Pandora for Pabst & Brooks collaboration.
Louise Brooks is like a beautiful alien. I've never seen an actress look so other-worldly in motion. Also, the scene with the headmistress practically orgasming while directing the girls to do calisthenics is probably one of the most successful combinations of humor and perversity I've seen in a film (whether or not that was intentional, I don't know).
Incredible how Louise Brooks looks innocent throughout the whole movie even during the sleaziest scenes. Incredible how some of the actors look so modern that they seem to have just popped out of a TV show. Incredible how the 104 minutes of the film pass so quickly while I have to look at the clock every 30 minutes or so when I watch a modern-day movie. Masterpiece.
I saw this when I was a freshman in high school, and it prompted a totally weird adolescent phase in my life during which I dressed in faux-vintage 1920s outfits for several months and carved a Louise Brooks face into a pumpkin for Halloween.
my first Pabst - incredible, really. so many squared up shots of contorted faces, the party scene where thymian is obscured by dancing people is dizzied and beautiful, thematically brutal at times but lovely that a certain brand of morality can't extinguish thymian's grace and goodness.
Wow, that was amazing. So glad it got restored. I'm a sucker for a good morality tale. Too bad the piano music wasn't more nuanced. How hard is it to play a tango when people are tango-ing? Also, best misspelling on a subtitle: "Dairy of a Lost Girl"! Good chuckle when the cow appeared. Preferred this film to "Pandora's Box," as social realism and characters from different strata in German society fascinating.
I was entranced by wonderful camera movement in the opening minutes, and the glint of the high studio lights was used often to great effect. Edith Meinhard stole the show as Thymian's friend, but other cast members were equally gripping in their surprisingly subtle performances. Some acting did not age well, and Thymian's final gesture for her half-sister did not convince me, nor am I sold yet on Brooks' appeal.