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Diary of a Lost Girl

Germany, German, 104 mins

Original Title

Tagebuch Einer Verlorenen
  • Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
  • Writer: Margarete Bohme; Rudolf Leonhardt
  • Producer: Georg Wilhelm Pabst

CGiii Comment

Pre-code with lesbian overtones.
 
It's too long - irrelevant scenes and bizarre characterisations renders this a comedic melodrama - further enhanced by the silent-era's mime-like acting.

One for the academics who will, no doubt, proclaim it to be a masterpiece...it's not...but, Brooks is hypnotic.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Thymiane is a beautiful young girl who is not having a storybook life. Her governess, Elizabeth, is thrown out of her home when she is pregnant, only to be later found drown. That same day, her father already has a new governess named Meta. Meinert, downstairs druggist, takes advance of her and gets Thymiane pregnant. When she refuses to marry, her baby is taken from her and she is put into a strict girls reform school. When Count Osdorff is unable to get the family to take her back, he waits for her to escape. She escapes with a friend and the friend goes with the Count while she goes to see her baby. Thymiane finds that her baby is dead, and the Count has put both girls up at a brothel. When her father dies, Thymiane marries the Count and becomes a Countess, but her past and her hatred of Meta will come back to her.

Cast & Characters

Louise Brooks as Thymian;
Andre Roanne as Count Nicolas Osdorff;
Josef Rovensky as Robert Henning;
Fritz Rasp as Meinert;
Vera Pawlowa as Aunt Frieda;
Franziska Kinz as Meta;
Arnold Korff as Elder Count Osdorff;
Andrews Engelmann as The director of the establishment;
Valeska Gert as The director's wife;
Edith Meinhard as Erika;
Sybille Schmitz as Elisabeth;
Sig Arno as Guest;
Kurt Gerron as Dr. Vitalis;
Hedwig Schlichter;
Hans Casparius

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