Very rare these days can one attain a true cinematic experience – with the light just right, the color of the walls just right, live orchestra accompaniment, and all in a theater built for the golden age of cinema. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s centerpiece presentation “Diary of a Lost Girl” at the Castro Theater was not only a true cinematic experience, but a perfect one. G.W. Pabst’s second and last film collaboration with Louise Brooks is a tale of moral familial values set against the decadence and depravity of 1920s Weimar Republic, and the souls lost to the riptide of a gilded, debauched Berlin. Thymian Henning, played by the perennially beautiful and iconic Louise Brooks, births an illegitimate child and is sent to a tyrannical reformatory, then escapes and becomes a prostitute in a brothel – only later finding her way through a thick fog of desperation, suicide, and ultimate redemption. This films most powerful message, naively haunting in the penumbra of an impending world war and economic meltdown, closes the film: “A little more love and no-one would be lost in this world.” For more info visit www.silentfilm.org and www.castrotheatre.com.