Louise Brooks Double Feature: "Diary of a Lost Girl" / "Beggars of Life"

Louise Brooks Double Feature: "Diary of a Lost Girl" / "Beggars of Life"

American Cinematheque

New 2K Restoration! DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (DAS TAGEBUCH EINER VERLORENEN), 1929, Kino Lorber, 112 min. Dir. G.W. Pabst. Seduced and abandoned by her father’s assistant, Louise Brooks descends into a lurid hell of reformatories and whorehouses. For a debauched party scene, Pabst insisted on realism – so Brooks complied by playing “the whole scene stewed on hot, sweet German champagne.” New 2K Restoration! BEGGARS OF LIFE, 1928, Kino Lorber, 100 min. Dir. William A. Wellman. Rough-and-tumble writer Jim Tully’s autobiography served as the basis for what many consider Louise Brooks’ best American film. She plays a young woman who kills her abusive stepfather and hits the road (in the company of Richard Arlen) hoping to make it to safety in Canada. Wallace Beery delivers a memorable performance as hobo Oklahoma Red in this beautifully shot silent. At 6:15pm in the courtyard, The Chapwinds will perform music from Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (which premiered in Germany the year before DIARY OF A LOST GIRL) and Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music,” the most prominent American work in the wind quintet canon.
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