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.
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.
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.
A restive spirit pervades this film, as if it is haunted by a feeling that there is darkness underneath the high living of 20s flappers and rich patrons. Brooks gives a performance that feels natural and unstagy, even in a society that had artifice at its core. In simpler terms, this a modern-feeling masterwork revealing the self-centered heart of the idle rich.
Whatever happened to Edith Meinhard? Someone asks but no one knows. http://immensedarkblossom.blogspot.com/2012/05/whatever-happened-to-edith-meinhard.html http://immensedarkblossom.blogspot.com/2012/06/update-edith-meinhard.html Better than Pandora for Pabst & Brooks collaboration.