Friday, December 30, 2011

How to Get Lighter Skin: A Gothic Guide


Care and Maintenance

exfoliate
use something gentle on the face, but for body, a loofa is super. slough off the dead stuff and let in the living. if you're naturally pale but dealing with getting rid of a tan, this is very important. much enjoyed by pale goths is St. Ives' Apricot Scrub.

hair removal
also if you are naturally fair and trying to get rid of a tan, the method in which you shave (legs and whatnot) can affect it. shaving and using those nifty little sanding-mitt things will help the pallor, while threading, waxing, and nair will likely do nothing.

sunscreen
(anyone want to recommend some good ones, press the little spooky mail button at the bottom of the screen.) i like Banana Boat Faces, spf 45 i believe. not too greasy for use on face, but best for arms and throat. also,a really yummy citrus smelling one is Ocean Potion Total Sunblock 30.. it's everything-proof and everything-free. it goes on shiny looking, but it soaks in and loses the shine quickly, and doesnt have to be re-applied all the time.

hats
floppy straw hats seem to be the favourite. they do come in black, and one could decorate with evil feathers, dark ribbons, black silk flowers, beads, etc. (maybe this belongs under gawthkrafte!)

parasols
very fashionable. dont worry about being made fun of, most often parasol-carrying goths get compliments, and the sort of class that goes along with wearing gloves, or a corset... that out-of-place, but still beautiful stuff... they start at about 3 or 4 bucks for rice paper parasols in china town. import stores often carry them in assorted colours and shapes. for a higher price, you can find them in lace, or other nifty fabrics... im looking for places that do them custom... (anyone?)

long sleeves!
i know it's hard, but think about it... hot desert cultures use layers of loose fitting clothes to keep in the cool... eh eh eh? the less of you that sees the sun, the less of you that has to absorb it!


This is from the page Gawth Pallor, a skin lightening recipe guide with a gothic focus. Looking for that Nosferatu-white shade of skin? Now you have some help in getting there. There is also a skin lightening shop for those who'd rather put their trust in the advances of modern chemistry. I've tried a few of the skin lightening recipes, certain ones work better than others I'd say - but they are interesting to brew up, if nothing else!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ugly Renaissance Babies



Someone just showed me the site Ugly Renaissance Babies, featuring exactly what it sounds like it should. I literally was laughing so hard I cried (and I am not one to misuse the term literally.)

Friday, December 23, 2011

"The Worst Movie Ever Made" III

As we've shown before, many films have the dishonor to be called by someone "the worst movie ever made." Few have actually won formal awards for such. Today we shall examine one of those rare few.

Plan 9 From Outer Space was actually an early zombie movie, back in the days when zombies were specifically considered a subject relating to Voodoo practices in the Carribean area. ("ghouls" is how they're referred to in the film.) And if zombies isn't enough for you, it also has aliens! And Bela Lugosi is in it! Sounds awesome, right? Well, if you're saying that, then you've obviously never seen this film.

Bela Lugosi and Plan 9's notorious director, Edward D. Wood, had been friends. When Lugosi died in 1956, Wood still had a few minutes of footage he'd filmed of Lugosi wearing his vampire cape, and cleverly figured out that if he could just get a body double to fill out the rest of Lugosi's role, and composed the whole story around the idea of a Bela Lugosi who wouldn't have to talk or show his face.

The plot ultimately concerns a group of aliens who want to stop some new bomb-making technology from being utilized on Earth. (We don't actually learn this till the movie's almost over, but the film makes even less sense without this context.) Their plan for this is to bring up zombies to create chaos. Or something. They call it "Plan 9" in any case. Lugosi's body double is one of the zombies, and roams through the scenes posed with his arm over his face so you can't see him.

The 1980 book The Golden Turkey Awards had a contest for people to write in and vote what was the worst movie ever. Plan 9 won by a long shot.



5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, classic "worst ever" movie plus Mike Nelson humor make a great DVD., April 26, 2006
By Valnastar "Man With No Name" (Deep 13, USA) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)
This review is from: Plan 9 From Outer Space (Colorized) (DVD)
Plan 9 From Outer Space is often called the worst movie ever made, but its entertainment value elevates it above many other films, even some of better quality. The plot moves along nicely and has little to no padding in it and the dialog and special effects are hilarious even if that was not the intent of the director, Ed Wood. Everyone who loves cinema should see this movie! The wobbly flying saucers on single strings, Swedish wrestler turned actor Tor Johnson, Bela Lugosi in his last role, Vampira and more make this an unforgettable film. It's so bad it's great. Sadly, the great Bela Lugosi died during filming, so look for Bela Lugosi's replacement in some scenes. He's not hard to spot as he is taller and looks nothing like Mr. Lugosi, hence he holds a cape in front of his face in every scene in which he appears!

Plan 9 was never properly copyrighted, and so is now in the public domain. You can actually watch the entire movie Plan 9 From Outer Space online for free by clicking here. Due to its public domain status, however, there are about a half dozen different editions available for purchase, too.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of... Rue de la Harpe?

The story of Sweeney Todd is famous the world over now, thanks to theater and cinema. Certain authors -- and websites based on their data -- claim that Sweeney Todd was even a real person who lived in the 18th century (however, newspaper and prison accounts seem to contradict these claims.) What truth there is to Sweeney Todd, however, may have been discovered.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Drinking Blood

Liven up your holidays with the Gothicest cocktail drink of all!

BLOOD

Ingredients:

1 oz. bourbon

1/2 oz. lime juice

1 tsp. tequila

tomato juice



Collins glass.

Pour all ingredients except tequila over ice, 
fill remaining glass with tomato juice.
 Add tequila last. 


Swiped from http://x-entertainment.com/updates/2011/10/03/halloween-cocktails-you-will-never-drink/
Who in turn swiped it from http://www.countessbloodshalloweenhorror.com/page4/

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tim Burton Makeup Look



All in all I think it's a great look, but at the same time, I hardly think it's a Tim Burton look if you're concealing the circles around your eyes....

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Goth Breakup Lines

What self-respecting goth needs a pickup line? Life is pain! Here's a selection of goth breakup lines:


"You make me too happy. Go away."

"You're not weird enough."

"You have no more t-shirts I want to borrow."

"Ummm... I just realised something about my sexuality"

"Monogamy, what's that?"

"Will you marry me?"

"What? We're a couple?"

"Hmmm.. I thought you'd be dead by now."

"I much prefer coffee"

"I've been feeling a bit strange lately."

"You just look better than me in my skirts."

"I was hoping we could just go back to being enemies..."

"I'm really sorry, hon. But either we break up, or one of us dies."

"It's just not going to work. You're human, and I'm not."

"My parents don't hate you as much as I hoped they would."

"You're just too nice. More like a friend than a lover."

"You're not evil enough for me to have a serious relationship with."

"You have my permission to see other people if you want."

"I can't date anyone who has never heard of George Carlin."

"I can't go out with you because I actually like you."

"I know that breaking up will mean the death of us both"

"Would it upset you terribly if we were just . . . friends with benefits?"

"No, we're not going to break up."

"You bore me."

"You wore pink last Tuesday. Get out of my sight."

"You're actually starting to cheer me up."

"You don't like sex on gravestones?"

"You gave me live flowers, how tacky."

"You want to do what? Bowling?!"

"I think your an embarrassment to me and the rest of humankind, fucking hippie!"

"By the way, we broke up. About two months ago. I forgot to tell you."

"I love you but I want to date 3 other people to be sure if this is right for me."

"You don't have any more clothes that I want to borrow."

"I think we need to have a talk about you and I... You are aware that there is no You and I.

"No, you aren't really a vampire."

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Best Gothic Music Videos! Blast from the Past!

On this particular gothic blog, you may have noticed videos are a common feature! And because they often lack text, if you missed any of these videos the first time around, you may find them hard to locate again. Thus this Blast from the Past feature was born! Here are some of the best videos we've featured on the site so far.

GOTHIC MUSIC VIDEOS:

Rammstein - Mein Teil - A video from everyone's favorite group of East German pyromaniacal musicians, concerning the true story of a man who ran a personal ad looking for someone who wanted to be eaten... and found a willing participant.

Cradle of Filth - Lilith Immaculate - Another Gothic Metal band, whose videos may have inspired the Dethklok band from Metalocalypse. They have as easy a time as anyone with generating controversy, and are accused of being Satanists more often than Jayne Mansfield.

Nine Inch Nails - Closer - About as mainstream as Gothic Industrial music ever managed to get was with this song and this "band" (which is actually just Oscar-winning musician Trent Reznor and a bunch of electronic equipment, occasionally supplemented for the sake of live performances by some other musicians.) The video is on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art.

Bella Morte - On The Edge - The band's name is Italian for "Gorgeous Death." They've achieved a remarkably strong following in the underground music scene and while the players have been juggled a bit more often than in some groups, their quality stays on par to make them Metropolis Records' number one artist.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Reconstructed from Reviews: Puss In Boots

Another Reconstructed from Reviews, in which we try to reconstruct the plot of a movie based solely on information provided in its unflattering, negative reviews. Today's feature: Puss In Boots.

Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas) is a swashbuckling lothario who, in the opening scene, bids farewell to his latest conquest, a furry white tabby who lounges, satisfied, in bed. "What can I say? I was a bad kitty," Puss slyly says.


After robbing her owner blind and evading capture for the theft, Puss runs out toward the countryside, the female cat he wooed the night before sighing at his daring-do despite the fact that he had forgotten her name.
Puss is a wanted cat for his robberies, though even the toughest of men are at first amused by his appearance when the cat walks into a local tavern. After some fancy swordplay, he convinces them, and even the way he delicately laps up his shot of milk (one of those genuinely funny images of the contrast in personality and behavior that endears us to him) cannot lessen their fear. He's on the hunt for magic beans—the same magic beans a boy named Jack once used to obtain passage to a castle in the clouds where a golden goose lays golden eggs.


Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas), once a defender of justice, is branded an outlaw after he’s double-crossed by childhood friend Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis).


Smeared with the blame of a bank robbery engineered against Puss’ wishes by Humpty, there is now some bad blood between them, although Humpty tries to persuade Puss he can be trusted.


When he hears of a score involving magic beans, currently in the possession of murderous thugs Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris), he sees a chance at redemption. He’s not the only one interested in the beans, though; the deft Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) botches Puss’ robbery attempt, and worse, she’s working for Humpty.
Salma Hayek (2010's "Grown Ups") fetchingly voices Kitty Softpaws—her greatest shame is that she's been declawed, hence the name


Puss' first encounter with Kitty, during a simultaneous attempt to swipe the magic beans, leads to a chase across the rooftops of a sleepy town, and the payoff is a head-to-head duel in a secret bar for cats that happens to be holding dance night. The camera swirls through the space as the two fleet-footed felines scale the walls and fall safely down to the floor by tapping their heels against each other's feet (The crowd kneads its paws in applause after accompanying on various, makeshift percussive instruments, such as a fish skeleton).


His tired quest entails a lot of backstory shoveled at us – a past with Humpty, a surrogate mother he’s trying to make proud
Particularly revealing is an early segment where Puss describes his parentless childhood and sad-sack back story in exacting detail (cue the extended flashback), only for the film to eventually return to the present and reveal that Kitty Softpaws has long since fallen asleep next to him.


It's a particularly long account (Kitty is asleep by the end—a throwaway gag but one that's unintentionally accurate) and one that hardly enlightens about Puss in any meaningful way aside from what conflicts arise later on in the story (i.e., what Humpty's ultimate goal is and how the townsfolk react when Puss returns).


Humpty, though, begs Puss for his forgiveness, and the three embark on a quest to retrieve the beans, plant them, and claim the fabled golden goose that will change their fortunes forever.


Both feel betrayed by the other, but the beans hold the key to repaying an old debt to the town that took him in as a kitten so many years ago and that now believes him to be a heartless outlaw.


Eventually, he is tricked into teaming up with the egg and his pals. Our hero is eager to make good on a failed promise from the past, though he still has issues with his ovum pal's intentions.


An attempted robbery the brutish Jack and Jill's (voices of Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris) fortified carriage leads to a pursuit on perilous cliffs that is dizzying, and the trip up the thundering beanstalk to the castle in the clouds has the same quality.


If they can steal them and plant them then they can go up the beanstalk to a castle in the sky. In this castle there is a goose that lays golden eggs.


...the stale wisecracks are on the order of "First rule of Bean Club: You do not talk about Bean Club."
(Jack wants to start a family with the crime-loving Jill, and the giant of the castle has died, leaving behind another massive creature as the sole protector of the layer of the golden eggs)


...an angry mama goose...



Climbing up the beanstalk high in the clouds, Puss, Kitty and Humpty find themselves a little portable pot of gold - a cute little yellow chick that lays golden eggs. Leaving the world of the beanstalk with the little chick involves multiple hazards and I like the scene when the protagonists cling desperately onto a champagne bottle cork, at the very moment it is popped – to be propelled over a giant chasm


Lacking vim as well as vigor, the film goes through the motions with promising baddies, Jack and Jill, who fade into the background by the second half and generally have nothing of interest to do.


Instead, the film commits the "Indiana Jones 4" blunder of staging frantic scenes of pursuit whenever the story sags, which is often.


The other villain, who will go nameless since it's meant to be a surprise, is a rip-off of Andy Dick's Boingo the Bunny from 2005's "Hoodwinked!," making one long for that much, much more clever fractured cinematic fairy tale.


Once the Big Reveal takes place, Puss has a come-to-Jesus moment, even though it’s everyone else in the movie that should be having it.


“It’s never too late to do the right thing,” Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) announces towards the end of his self-titled adventure.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rammstein on Tour!



Rammstein has announced their US tour dates for next years' shows. Reserve your tickets while they still exist, Rammstein are famous for selling out when they come to the states!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gothic love – how to find your gothic dating partner


Author: Gothic Love

Today there are lots of dating websites over the internet, it's seems that finding gothic love online never been so easy. What is great about the variety of the dating websites is that you can actually find a person that has the same lifestyle as you – for example the gothic subculture.

Gothic love - I have to venture to reveal that by living a gothic lifestyle, you eventually have to fascinate and align yourself to being a unique person in a philosophical way. That is to say, that by looking pale, gaunt, adorned in black clothing, constantly out at night and seldom seeing the light of day, you begin to feel as if you're passing into a different sort of gothic life, which makes perfect sense why you might looking for gothic love as well.

The rest of human civilization obviously recognizes that you're quite unlike them, and that you don't live in the planned out order that the so-called "normal," As if, there is a cloud up in the sky engraved with the words: Thou shall wake up at 6:30 in the morning, eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner, study, and attempt to improve oneself.

Furthermore, people's reactions to you afterwards become sort of a Gothic tale or quality. I'm inclined to believe gothic people have always existed before the music and the nostalgia of a pop-culture, whether adorned in black or not, who have fancied themselves a gothic. The naive people who pass you in the street, those that you don't feel any relation or understanding, find you both abhorrent and yet attractive at the same time.

You might try to walk into the light and become completely pure, but you might find there is no place for you there either. Expressing yourself outside the social norms might be the right choice but only if you do it because it is you and find it fulfilling.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cemetery Girls: The Genesis of Goth Music?

This song from the 1970s novelty record Voobaha sounds eerily like the later gothic dance music to come. Could this piece, from the men who brought the world Rolly Polly Fish Heads, be the origin of gothic music?



I'd be surprised were it so, but stranger things have happened....

Friday, November 4, 2011

Quack Remedies: For Restoring a Lost Maidenhead


FOR RESTORING A LOST MAIDENHEAD

Take a half-ounce of Venetian holy earth*, a bit of the milk expressed from the leaves of asparagus, a quarter ounce of alum infused with lemon juice, or the juice of unripe plums, a fresh egg-white with a bit of oat flour: from all these fashion a pill which should have a thin consistency, and you place this into the privy-parts of the deflowered girl, after having her douched with the milk of a goat, and anointed with pomatum of white lead. You will not have carried out this secret four or five times, before the girl will return to a state which will fool the matron who will be coming to survey her. The girl douching her privy-parts for several consecutive days, with the water of asparagus distilled with the juice of lemons, produces the same effect, anointing the party with pomatum, as is described heretofore.

*A type of white clay, possibly bentonite.

From the Petit Albert.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blood and Smoke Incense

Magical practices such as hoodoo, cabala and others tend to make use of formulas to assist in the casting of magic spells. Many of them take their basis from the teaching of Agrippa in his books on Occult Philosophy. One of the teachings of Agrippa -- which really was considered more or less to be standard scientific knowledge at the time -- was that the 7 planets (Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus) hold influence over certain matters of daily life and people's behavior. Various herbs and minerals were considered to be linked to the planets, and certain mixtures could be used to provoke their helpful influences.

There is a website called Alchemy Works that specializes in making these kinds of formulas. Recently I bought some incense from them of which even Dethklok would approve: BLOOD AND SMOKE. This is a Mars incense (Mars being the God of War) and its use is meant for violent or manly works. The scent of it is far from pretty; it is like burning leaves and barbeque charcoal. There does seem to be some myrrh and dragonsblood resin in the mix, but it must be very little because this stuff burns up very fast and very smokey soon as it hits the coal. It's certainly a scent I can recommend to add atmosphere to a room if yo want that 'dungeon' kind of feel.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Goth Problems

Trying to get blacks that match after they fade in the wash.

Trying to convince the drunk frat boy who is hitting on you that you really are a guy.

Big hair, small cars.

Airport metal detectors.

Nicknames such as "that gay devil worshiping freak that dyed his hair purple".

Getting your jewelry tangled in your clothes/hair.

When your pointy toe shoes/boots get caught in the holes in the hem of your skirt.

Wearing a black turtleneck when it's 90 degrees outside.

Accidentally removing someone's nose ring with your spiked bracelet while dancing.

Getting people to look you in the eyes when you talk to them.

Getting your slave bracelet caught in your fishnets.

People declaring that your eyes are yellow, when, in fact, they are green.

Having to reach for the salt with one hand while holding back your sleeve with the other so it doesn't drag in the gravy.

Trying to find your possessions in an all black room.

Trying to get the hair-dye stains out of your towels, sink, floors, doors, ceilings, carpets, pets, furniture.

Being asked to defend your entire existence in 30 seconds or less.

Finding a detergent to get those blacks blacker.

Having little kids tug on their parent's arm and say, "Look, Mommy, isn't she pretty? I want to look like her!" while the parents grab the child and run for it.

Trying to wash dishes with those flowing sleeves.

Going out in the winter and having all the metal stuff you are wearing freeze against your exposed skin.

Getting your skirt caught on anything and everything.

Lending your eyeliner to a friend and finding out later that he's returned it without mentioning that he completely emptied the entire brand new tube.

Trying to buy mundane clothes to go job hunting in and not being able to bring yourself to buy anything with enough color.

The salt stains on the hems of skirts in winter.

Not being able to climb really small stairs because the pointy toes on your pixie boots stick out past your toes enough that you can't get your actual toes on the steps.

Trying to stand up, and getting the hooks on your left boot caught in the fishnets on your right leg. And managing to look graceful while extricating yourself.

Dancing in a corset.

Attempting to explain Goth to anyone.

Driving in a rather large cloak.

Having to wash black lipstick off of your neck.

Wearing 24 rings and getting them all stuck in various bits of lace and fishnet (not all of it yours).

Having to rush out of bed the moment you wake up just so you can get to the bank before it closes.

Convincing someone that you are straight even though you are a man wearing a skirt and makeup.

Trying to find women's clothes that fit you without it looking too obvious that that is what you are trying to do.

Wearing that HUGE cross you just bought to the club, spinning around, and knocking yourself out.

Finding that your freshly washed black t-shirt is covered in bits of lint, which while undetectable by the naked eye, show up very well under UV, thereby making you appear to have terminal dandruff.

Waking up with the most painful hangover ever, walking to the little store to get aspirin, thinking "Damn even my feet hurt like hell". Then realizing that your wearing someone else's boot's.

Trying to get seated so that the eye that you made up just right will be the one facing outward.

Wanting to go and play out in the rain but fearing it'll ruin your hair.

Being unable to decide which rings look best over the black lace gloves.

Fearing your sharply filed nails will ruin your mesh shirt!

Finding that your cape gets in the way of your cleaning tools when going to work at the graveyard.

Getting a sunburn right through your t-shirt.

Trying to ride a bicycle with a long black skirt.

Trying to ride a bicycle without reminding the people you pass of Miss Elmira Gulch, forcing them to hum the wicked witch theme from The Wizard of Oz.

Trying to type with your lace gloves on.

Everybody still thinks you are a Devil-worshiper despite all your explanations, especially if you tell them you are Pagan.

Other Pagans/Wiccans don't take you seriously because of what you look like.

Menstrual blood doesn't show that well on black panties, so you might not notice your period's began before it's too late!

Accidentally kicking things and having parts fly off because you're wearing steel toes boots.

Brushing against walls and having chips fly off because of your spiked bracelet.

Having to avoid potential self-mutilation after just finishing filing one's nails to a point.

When it's cold, your nose will be red no matter how much make-up you have on.

Trying to explain to people that the scars up and down your arms really ARE from your cat.

The extensive hair loss caused from bleaching and re-bleaching hair.

Trying to find a soap that will remove the purple hair dye stains from your hands and face.

Flicking through a magazine or a newspaper with velvet gloves on.

Trying to tell someone that you admire their footwear without making it sound like a come-on.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Your Gothic Wedding - Ideas for Your Day from Your Ring through Your Dress


Author:

pam0518

Your wedding should display your personality and if there are gothic elements to your personality you may want to consider a gothic wedding. Some people may feel that gothic traditions and weddings have nothing in common however, gothic traditions are deeply rooted in romance and ceremony. An increasingly large number of couples are choosing to incorporate gothic elements into their wedding.

Gothic weddings can range from full gothic events to weddings that choose to incorporate a few special elements within an otherwise traditional ceremony. Some couples choose to select gothic engagement rings, others use specifically choosen or designed dresses or decoration and some include other special and unique touches on the wedding cake or favors. By incorporating one or all of these elements into your wedding, you can create a gothic wedding that displays your personality.

For a couple with gothic tastes, selecting gothic rings may be an option. Gothic style is generally classified by dark colors and the use of symbols. These dark colors may be incorporated into wedding and engagement rings through the use of dark metals such as dark titanium or tungsten. Gemstones also commonly play a factor in gothic wedding rings. The use of various gemstones and symbols will allow the couple to create a lasting message of love and undying affection. These symbols will allow communication of a message of unique and lasting importance to the couple.

Gothic dress is another way that couples can incorporate gothic elements into their gothic wedding. Gothic wedding dresses allow the bride many options that are not afforded by more traditional styles. Gothic dresses can come in a variety of colors including white, purple, black, emerald green and blood red. Selecting a gothic dress allows the bride to showcase her individuality and feel comfortable in a dress that she loves. When selecting your wedding dress remember that it is important to select the dress that you love, regardless of the opinions of others. This is true of gothic and traditional wedding dresses.

Other gothic elements can be incorporated into your wedding. You may want to consider decorating with gothic colors or symbols. Gothic symbols and colors could easily be incorporated into your wedding cake. Wedding favors could also showcase your affection for gothic culture. You could incorporate a gothic symbol on a favor bag or favor. Nature and moonlight could be focused on as you create your decoration plan. There are many different options to consider as you plan your gothic wedding.

While gothic weddings may not be for every couple, they perfectly exemplify other couples personalities. If you have a love of gothic style, culture or ideals consider showcasing these feelings by having a gothic wedding.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/weddings-articles/your-gothic-wedding-ideas-for-your-day-from-your-ring-through-your-dress-2716394.html

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Pamela Kazmierczak writes numerous Wedding Ideas and wedding themed articles. Check out her site, Wedding Ideas if you are looking for help and free information to plan your wedding. This wedding site offers hundreds of articles, including how to choose Gothic Engagement Rings, a wedding store with over 10,000 items as well as a free monthly newsletter. Stop by today!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Poem: Death's Final Conquest


The glories of our blood and state
Are shadows, not substantial things;
There is no armor against fate;
Death lays his icy hand on kings:
Scepter and Crown
Must tumble down,
And in the dust be equal made
With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
Some men with swords may reap the field,
And plant fresh laurels where they kill:
But their strong nerves at last must yield;
They tame but one another still:
Early or late
They stoop to fate,
And must give up their murmuring breath
When they, pale captives, creep to death.
The garlands wither on your brow;
Then boast no more your mighty deeds;
Upon Death's purple altar now
See where the victor-victim bleeds:
Your heads must come
To the cold tomb;
Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet, and blossom in their dust.

-- James Shirley

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gothic Love - The Beauty in Darkness

Author:

Gothic Love

Gothic love is a subculture which touches on many things beyond music and fashion, though those are the most readily identifiable aspects of it. It's hard to put the finger on any set ethic or philosophy to the gothic scene, as gothic people are generally love many different things (some aren't even interested in the music or fashion at all). My own take on it is that one common aspect of the gothic scene is a desire to step outside the mundane everyday humdrum and find something a bit different and more exciting. This can be through fashion, music, artistic/poetic leanings, alternative religions/philosophies and various other interests and subjects generally associated with a somewhat bohemian image. None of these things is universal, or compulsory.

'Beauty in Darkness' is my favorite term for this gothic aesthetic, which can take the form of funereal fashion styles, haunting, weird or gloomy music, and tastes for anything from Romantic Poets to b-grade horror movies. It's an intellectual, bohemian subculture with a dark, morbid aesthetic that people can take or leave aspects of as they please.

Gothic is a lifestyle in the truest sense of the word. What I mean is that it is not just putting on a black dress, dying your hair, and applying black makeup and going out to the clubs for an evening of thrashing wildly to music. Rather, although this is an enjoyable by-product of such, it is much deeper than this.

The gothic lifestyle is the romance of the night as it calls to your very soul. Seeing in the darkness the beauty that is missed beneath the sunlight, when others retire to their beds. The way the moonlight plays along the trees, the deep gray of the fog, the keening of animals that sleep away the day. All of this plays a significant part of the lifestyle as a whole. It is seeing the beauty in what others shun. Oftentimes, people equate the night and darkness in general as 'evil', due to hundred-thousand year old stereotypes and stories. To me, it is ethereal and other-worldly, one-half of our very existence, and something to be embraced as just as significant to our understanding of the world and our place within it as the daylight hours.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Grandmother's Death: A Poem


Dark looms the ivy-mantled tower
Among the spreading trees,
While round its ever-crumbling base
Are tombstones, thick as bees.
Within a tiny sheltered nook,
Close to its towering walls,
Where early snowdrops rear their heads,
And soft the footstep falls.
Two graves are laid—one old, one new,
Removed from toil and care,
Upon the grassy, verdant sward,
Alloting each their share.
Above those graves, already green,
Lov'd hands have strewn the flowers,
That grow in beauty o'er their heads
Sweet freshened by the showers.
In silence laid from years gone by
Contented there they sleep;
No busy din disturbs their rest
Save they that lowly weep
In silence, o'er those loved forms,
From which they cannot part,
Whose bitter, scalding tears denote
The grieving, aching heart.
They're gone before —why should we weep,
Why shed those bitter tears?
'Tis only for a brief, brief space,
A few short speeding years
E'er we, ourselves, shall lowly lie
Beneath that self-same sod;
Our dust shall find its resting-place,
Our souls shall find their God.
So, gentle mother, do not weep,
But rather joyous be,
That loved face beams down from Heaven
And showers her smiles on thee.
Unseen, thou can'st not see her
Upon that radiant shore;
No longer aged, there she stands,
As seen in days of yore.
She's young again—age hath no power
To dim her beauties bright;
No toil, no care, no death to fear,
No darkness deep as night.
Enshrouding round her feeble form,
Or tottering footsteps, there,
Before her Lord, she's face to face,
His Heavenly glories share.
So, gentle mother, do not weep,
But rather joyous be
To think that when the summons came
She answered cheerfully.
She could not wait—she could not stay,
It was her lord's command;
That longed-for welcome sent from Heaven
Sent from the Better Land.
O! death, thy sting—thy cruel sting
May touch this earthly mold,
But never can thy palzying hand
The soul within enfold.
Thou dar'st not touch—thou can'st not touch,
Immortal is its flight,
Towards the shores of purest sand
And sparkling waters bright.
Escorted by the angels fair
Towards that home of rest;
Within the pearly gates of gold,
Within the Saviour's breast.

-- William Handling

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How To Create a Gothic Hairstyle and Variants of Gothic Hairstyles

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Dr. Lee Mikal

Gothic hairstyles are not normal and are very hard to find in the community eye.

Goth hair represents an ideal that is not in the public normal and many people are not sure what it is.

To first have a Gothic hairstyles, you should absolutely know what is is. First of all, Goth hair is not the same as punk girl hair and its not hairstyle that Elvira has either.

Gothic hairstyles are not frequent type of style and very hard to search in the common society.

That is why many people don't know what Goth is. Gothic hairstyle is dissimilar from what Elvira has and not the same as a punk hairstyle.

Goth hairstyles have remain since the 1980's when they were big, literally and metaphorically speaking.

It was a means of self look which brought out a darker side of the personality and it became a more subculture with music and an overall lifestyle.

It can be considered as a grouping mix of both, punk and Elvira dark hair style.

Top Five Goth Essentials

1. Black Nail Polish - whether you're a boy or a girl a high-quality bottle of black nail polish is a must-have for the aspiring goth.

2. Black Boots - search out a pair of boots that you know you'll wear a lot. If you\'re a girl, make sure they look good with skirts and pants. adaptability is key.

3. Hair Dye - this can either be black hair dye or some exotic, bright color used to highlight your dark hair. Try amazing like Manic Panic.

4. Studs and/or Zippers - if you don't have anything with studs or zippers, add some onto an old bag or grab a cool, old leather jacket from a thrift store that you can alter.

5. Black Eyeliner - again, it doesn't matter if you're a guy or a girl, you gotta have the black eyeliner. Great for inside layer lips, eyes or sketch stuff on your face.

Gothic Hairstyles: Beyond the Mainstream

To get the ink black color popular in gothic hairstyles, you can use an over-the-counter single procedure dye in the darkest color available, which should cover up even natural brunette hair.

The goal with this color is to get rid of any shading from the hair. It can be high preservation because roots show through quickly, even with of course dark hair, which is why it gave birth to the two-tone look, in which the roots are deliberately left visible.

How to Create a Gothic Hairstyle

Obviously, the first thing you need to do is decide what works look for you and what feels right.

The big hair that emphasize the romantic and mysterious, usually incorporate crimped or curly hair, goes well with most of the costumes, especially if you prefer corsets. Big, romantic hair over a tight corset creates a nice contrast.

Variants of Gothic Hairstyles

Although the gaze can range from medieval, to Elizabethan, to Victorian and to pure punk, it\'s all still Goth.

It is commonly stark, and many Goths dye their hair black, or black with shades of funky colors like brilliant red or purple.

But blondes and redheads can be Goth as well. The hair can be worn down in a seventies style, but usually with a fall, or hair additional room.

Elvira is a great instance of this, although others will argue that she is not Goth at all. That's the beauty of Goth, it can be diverse things to unlike people.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Poem: All The World's a Stage


All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd Pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing.
-- William Shakespeare

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Quack Remedies: Oil to Cure Wounds in 24 Hours




Oyl to Cure Wounds in 24 Hours, and for a Rupture



Take common oyl six pound, oyl of firr tree one pound, choice myrrh six ounces, washt aloes, frankincense, of each six ounces, mummy two ounces, common glew six ounces, cochineal four ounces, ship pitch six ounces, gum of the sycomore tree two ounces, lees of oil two pound, of marsh mallows seven ounces; put all these into a strong glass retort, and boyl them twelve hours in a balneo: then strayn them, and add to the strained liquor dragons four handfulls, flowers of wild pomegranates, four handfulls; great comfrey with the flowers, herb and root, four handfulls; ripe dates twenty-five; St. John's wort, thorow wax, small century, shepherds purse, of each four handfulls; boyl them again in balneo eighteen hours, then set them in the sun a whole summer in a glass very well stopt. After this take all out, strain it, pressing it very hard, and to the oyl add at last beaten saffron three ounces, and boyl all together three hours, and keep this oyl for your use. If you would use this oil for a rupture, you must first shave off the hayre, then for fifteen days yuo must anoint the rupture twice every day: then bind it over with a hogs bladder and firm ligature: and you must be carefull that the patient keep his bed for fifteen days.







Thursday, September 8, 2011

This "Twilight" crap has got to stop...

“I’m a vampire, I am going to eat you,” Smith announced before allegedly attacking Milton Ellis, according to an arrest affidavit.
...
When cops arrived, they located Smith--covered in blood and half naked--near the Hooters, according to a police spokesman. During questioning, she was unable to tell officers what had transpired outside the shuttered restaurant. Nor could she explain what had happened to her pants or why her panties were at her ankles.


Full story here.

Monday, September 5, 2011

"Get Your Blow in First" : St. Trinian's

Anyone who's seen the original Addams Family cartoons knows the brand of humor: single panels, drawn in a crude but lively hand, portraying terrible deeds carried out gleefully by characters whose malice is perfectly logical in their world. Welcome to St. Trinian's Girls' Boarding School, where anarchy rules.


The first St. Trinian's cartoon appeared in 1942. Soon afterward the author, Ronald Searle, spent a bit of time in WW2 and by the time he got out of it had learned even more about mayhem and viciousness -- enough to turn the belles of St. Trinian's into real monsters and thereby, into classics. Cartoons often showed dead bodies of girls who had been murdered with pitchforks or succumbed to violent team sports, sometimes with vultures circling; girls drank, gambled and smoked. The older girls used their sexual wiles to get their way. The teachers at the school were often no better; whenever they scolded a student for misbehavior, it was usually for some minor infraction all while in plain sight of a vicious crime being perpetrated.

The original school Coat of Arms was a skull and crossbones. The lyrics to the school song were:

The cartoons were very well known in England, but never quite made a complete leap across the pond (perhaps because formal boarding schools were rarer in the US, making the joke of the contrast between prim and proper young schoolchildren and of the rowdy pupils of St. Trinian's less apparent.) Several films were made based on the comics, including one that stars Rupert Everett in drag as the headmistress. However, if you want to go oldschool, here's the way to go about it:


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Poem: What is our Life?


What is our life? The play of passion;
Our mirth? The music of division:
Our mothers' wombs the tiring-houses be
Where we are dressed for life's short comedy.
The earth the stage: Heaven the spectator is,
Who sits and views whoe'er doth act amiss.
The graves which hide us from the scorching sun
Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.
Thus playing, post we to our latest rest,
And then we die in earnest, not in jest.
-- Sir Walter Raleigh

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Goth Clothes - Recent Trend in the World of Fashion


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The gothic clothing successfully represents the fashion statement of the gothic era. The gothic era represents the musical era specifying the dark gloomy sound. The effect of this musical era was so strong that it positively influenced many day to day aspects of life. The gothic clothing, eye makeup, music are some of the areas that have seen strong influence of this era.

Gothic Clothing- What to Expect?

The gothic clothing strictly follows the styles and trends of the gothic era. Black colour or dark colours are the specialty of the era. One can extensively use black colour, red, green or purple colour for making these clothes. The prominent feature of the gothic clothing is the extensive use of frills. The frills are experimentally used in the gothic clothing. The frills can be used for both skirts and pants. The skirts can be of knee length, long or mini. The frills can be made up of net and can be experimentally placed in the skirt. The gothic pants also use frills. The pants can be of full length, knee length and shorts. As in skirts, the frills are placed experimentally in the skirts also. The skirts and pants are made up of silk, satin and cotton. The fabrics are never a restriction of the gothic clothings.

Online Buying Of Gothic Clothing

The gothic clothing is immensely popular nowadays. Hence it is easily available through online cloth stores. The online cloth stores manufacture the clothes in the state-of-the-art manufacturing unit. They hire trained hands to make the alluring gothic era costumes. Some of the manufacturers allow the customers to completely customize the designs. You can customize the fabric, colour and design. The online clothes store customizes and delivers the readymade clothes in time. The stitches are strong and the cuts are simply perfect for the fitting of the customers. Buying from online clothes store allows saving heavy discounts on each buy. This discount is due to the stiff competition in the e commerce market. For more information on the matter kindly search the net.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mummy Black and Caput Mortuum


I've told a bit before about the history of artist pigments, and today wish to discuss the history of a particularly interesting pigment known as Mummy Black.

Egyptian mummies have a dark color to them when unwrapped (leading some folks to incorrectly believe the Egyptians were black as in negroid race, which is not quite correct -- though the discussion of that would be at least another post if not an entire book's worth of info.) It was believed in ancient times, by foreigners and maybe even by uneducated Egyptians, that this black color, and much of the whole preservation, were achieved by using large amounts of mineral pitch in the mummification process. In fact the hue is merely a side effect of the drying (think on how a piece of beef jerky winds up looking once the moisture is gone.) Nevertheless, this led to some odd beliefs and practices in both folk and formal medicines.

Mineral pitch was used for an assortment of traditional folk remedies, and the belief came to be that mineral pitch taken from a mummy would be even more powerful. Typical mummification really seems to have used very little if any mineral pitch, but that didn't stop anyone; they would steal and grind up whole mummies and sell the powder for all kinds of uses. It was used in love potions and curse removal, and was said to cure just about everything from bruises to epilepsy. Eventually the demand for mummia was greater than the supply, and recipes for mummia falsa, constructed from other types of dead bodies, survive.

The apothecary's shop was once not just the place for the quack physician, but also for the artist, who generally needed to prepare his own paints (or sometimes have them prepared by the apothecary.) Mummia was valued here as well -- it offered a nice black/brown shade that looked well in paintings, and some reportedly believed that the preservation process the mummy had undergone would also help to preserve the painting and the brightness of the pigment. So there goes Cleopatra, furnishing her own portrait. And if you think mummy black went out with the Renaissance, think again; I've heard reports of the stuff being used as late as the 1915, and some art stores still sell paint under the name (though no more made from real corpses.)

Another related paint called Caput Mortuum was also available. It was sometimes synonymous with Mummy Black, but other reports suggest it was made from the wrappings instead of the actual corpses.

Next time you're visiting an art museum, look out for any paintings featuring brown/black areas that seem to be cracking more than the surrounding paint -- this is said to be characteristic of Mummy Black.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Poem: Death Eternal

The loneliness is deep in my soul
dripping
spiraling
only the knife offers solace
singing in the dark church
they will miss me so when i am gone
i cry even as i write
the clock is made of blood
helpless
my soul is dead and nothing is left
blood is my life
endless hopelessness

(from the Goth Poem Generator)

Friday, August 26, 2011

"The Worst Movie Ever Made" II

After last month's article on the movie Goth, featuring reviews that said it was the worst film ever made, I decided that with so many other film that have been accused of that unhappy honor, I'd made a feature of it.

Today's installment: Howard the Duck.

I recently saw Howard the Duck at a friend's weekly 80s Movie Night. I've never read the comics on which it was based, but my understanding is that they were a bit more cerebral than the movie incarnation. I'm told Howard in the comics is more of a tough guy type, whereas in the movie I kept noticing elements that seemed like leftovers of that -- his "Quack-Fu" and short temper, his porn magazines, his job as a construction worker -- but they weren't delivered in the right tone or something; like it was perpetually obvious what the joke was supposed to be (that he's a mean, tough guy, but it's ridiculous because he's a giant DUCK) but because they didn't want to make him quite mean and tough enough, the payoff did not succeed. It is a rule of comedy that one can never exaggerate too much, and it was here an example of failure for the writers to try so hard to humanize this giant duck.

The story is that Howard lives on a faraway planet where humanoid ducks are the dominant species. He is very suddenly, and for much of the film inexplicably, sucked out of his livingroom and across the galaxy in a matter of minutes, ultimately landing in an alleyway Cleveland, Ohio. He is horrified by the sight of humans but, for some reason, seems to realize that one nearby human woman is in trouble and takes it upon himself to rescue her from some unwanted sexual advances. She naturally thanks the duck by inviting him back home to her apartment. The woman is named Beverly, and she's a punk singer of some fashion that only sings terrible 80s pop/metal. Howard mentions that he used to be a songwriter and construction worker but recently gave up both jobs to work for an ad agency. Howard soon falls asleep, while Beverly goes through his wallet -- apparently in an effort to confirm his strange story -- and finds dollar bills with ducks on them, photos of Howard and his duck friends, and a condom that does not at all look like it would fit on a duck penis but whatever (these ducks also have been established earlier as having mammalian breasts.) Beverly tries her best to help Howard figure out how he got on Earth and how he can get back home by introducing him to Tim Robbins and that guy who played Joseph II in Amadeus. Howard and Beverly meanwhile go through various ordeals that lead to a greater and greater bonding between them, and thankfully just when it appears like they might try to have sex some random subplot about space demons appears out of nowhere. Of course Howard sacrifices his only chance at getting home in order to save Earth from these space demons, and he goes on to live happily ever after as Beverly's manager (her band now having become a roaring success through performing his wonderous compositions like the Howard the Duck Song.)

Consensus after 80s Night was that this movie should be remade with a motion capture Bruce Willis as Howard, and Lady Gaga playing Beverly (since she seems like someone you could actually believe would want to have a romantic relationship with a giant duck.) Here are what some of the reviews had to say about it:


1.0 out of 5 stars Stuck with one star -- it deserves none!, December 6, 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Howard the Duck [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Howard the Dreck is unbearable! Someone below actually said she is hoping and praying for a sequel (fat chance). That's like hoping and praying for a root canal! Among the worst pieces of (garbage) ever to escape from Hollywood. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY OR TIME!


So if that didn't make you long to see it, what possibly could?


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Cereal Killers

Breakfast of the Gods has been around for a few years, and just this January it was, at last, completed!

For those unfamiliar: Breakfast of the Gods is actually a grim tale of war, massacre and betrayal, but made ridiculous because it's all being acted out by famous cereal mascots. The sample image at right portrays Cap'n Crunch with his sword bloodied after battle, while Tony the Tiger with bare teeth mauls the Crunchberry Beast, until Dig'Em resorts to doing away with him by shooting him in the face. The official summary reads:

The tale is set in Cerealia, a land eternally bathed in morning sunlight. But troubled days have come to fair Cerealia in the wake of the mysterious disappearance of the king and his wizard adviser. For the first time a shadow has fallen over the land, a shadow named Chocula. Noble and wise, the old sea captain Horatio M. Crunch has stepped up to lead the fight against Count Chocula’s forces of darkness. What follows is the most important battle of their lives as well as the most important meal of the day.

Apparently the author did run into some legal problems early on, but seems to have overcome the issues and now has published his complete collection at Indy Planet.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Diary of a Lost Girl


In Diary of a Lost Girl, the one and only Louise Brooks plays Thymian Henning, the innocent and naive daughter of pharmacist Robert Henning. Thymian is seduced by her father's assistant Meinert (played by the same fellow who was The Thin Man in Metropolis) and gives birth to an illegitimate child. Meinert is revealed to be the father by an entry in Thymian's diary, and when she refuses to marry him she is forced to leave the baby with a midwife and sent to a strict reform school for wayward girls. Meanwhile, Thymian's father marries his housekeeper Meta, who becomes head of the household.

Rebelling against the school's rigid discipline, Thymian and her friend Erika escape with the help of her father's old friend, Count Osdorff, but they separate. Thymian's relief is short-lived—she discovers that her baby is dead—and after despondently wandering the streets, she re-unites with Erika, who is working in a brothel. Thymian also becomes a prostitute, but profits from her misfortune by gaining control of her own life. When her father dies, she inherits a large amount of money, after gaining "respectability" by marrying Osdorff, but gives it all to her young half-sister who has been disinherited.

Osdorff, who had been counting on the money because he himself had been disinherited by his uncle, kills himself. The uncle, grief-stricken, makes Thymian his heir. In a strange twist of fate, she becomes a director of the reform school where she herself was once held. When her old friend is brought in as an "especially difficult case" who "constantly turns away from the blessings of our home", Thymian denounces the school and its "blessings". Uncle Osdorff has the last word: "A little more love and no-one would be lost in this world."


8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet and tragic, February 12, 2003
By Emiliano Moreno (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Diary of a Lost Girl (DVD)
"Diary of a Lost Girl" (1929) shows us Louise Brooks at her best. It is the bittersweet tale of a young girl's loss of innocence. The new score by Joseph Turrin truly matches this sentimental film by G.W. Pabst , his second best known silent feature after "Pandora's Box" (1928). There are various close ups of Brooks which demonstrate that she was not only a talented actress, but a true vision of beauty. Her face is absolutely flawless. Buy this movie today on DVD, you will not regret it. The DVD also contains the eighteen minute movie short, " Windy Riley Goes to Hollywood", where one can hear Louise Brooks talk! This was directed by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle under an assumed name. Arbuckle's life and career were devasted by a scandal in the early 1920's, he died not long after making this film short.
Also highly recommended is of course, "Pandora's Box" also starring the lovely Louise Brooks.

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh boy!!!!, October 28, 2001
By Ed N "Ed" (Kensington, Maryland USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Diary of a Lost Girl (DVD)
WOW!!! I never in my wildest dreams thought this silent film classic starring Louise Brooks was coming to DVD! I thought for sure Pandora's Box (Ms. Brooks' most famous film) would come first. And furthermore, I thought Criterion would be the company to release the film, but it looks like Kino's will have the honor. That's not bad, either - Kino's has a LOT of good foreign/silent/independent films, and I've always liked their VCR tapes, so I'm looking forward eagerly to Diary of a Lost Girl.
For those not in the know, Louise Brooks was the ultimate flapper girl of the 1920s. She was probably more famous for her haircut, beauty, and lifestyle than her films. But her film legacy is firmly established by two German films she made after leaving Hollywood briefly - Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl, both by G.W. Pabst (one of the legendary silent film directors). Both films, if you can find them, are absolute classics. The German expressionist style has rarely been more beautifully captured than in Pandora's Box (Hitchcock used this style too in a lot of his early black/white films). And I was lucky enough to find a beat-up VHS copy of Diary. If you like silent films, you can't go wrong with this film either! The imagery is stunning, Louise Brooks looks gorgeous and gives a moving performance a young lady who, having lost her virtue, is consequently shunned by society and has to learn to care for herself. I don't like to give away plots, so that's all I'll say, but I am looking forward to owning this film on DVD! Highly recommended!

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars LOUISE BROOKS IGNITES THE SCREEN, December 9, 2001
By Robin Simmons (Palm Springs area, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Diary of a Lost Girl (DVD)
In the era of the silent cinema, no one ignited the screen like Louise Brooks. In the still shocking "Pandora's Box," and in the lurid, 1929 melodrama "DIARY OF A LOST GIRL,", the mysterious charisma and stunning beauty of Brooks are on sensational display. Brooks, the ultimate 20s flapper, plays idealistic and innocent Thymian, who's raped by her unscrupulous pharmacist father's scabrous assistant. She leaves a child behind, escapes a horrible reform school and ends up working in a brothel. The great G.W. Pabst, who directed Brooks in "Pandora" directs again with an invisible hand. This masterpiece of German Expressionism is about 10 minutes longer and has over 80 slightly different cuts than the 1990 English version released on video (Kino). "Diary of a Lost Girl" is an absolutely exquisite film of great emotional power. Close ups of Brooks defy description. She will take your breath away.


Additionally, if you have some time to spare, you can read the entire book on which the movie was based (originally written in German, translated under the title Diary of a Lost One) online for free.
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