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Diary of a Lost Girl (Tagebuch einer Verlorenen) (1929)

Diary of a Lost Girl (Tagebuch einer Verlorenen) (1929)

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German filmmaker G.W. Pabst and Hollywood expatriate Louise Brooks re-team after the success of Pandora's Box for the silent film Diary of a Lost Girl. On the day of her confirmation, innocent young Thymiane Henning (Brooks) is given a lockable diary as a present. She's distraught because the housekeeper Elisabeth (Sibylle Schmitz) is leaving under curious circumstances and turns up presumably dead. Her duties are taken over by the conniving Meta (Franziska Kinz), who accepts the advances of Thymiane's pharmacist father (Josef Ravensky). Trying to understand Elisabeth's fate, Thymiane agrees to meet her father's assistant, Meinert (Fritz Rasp). She passes out, he carries her up to her room, and by the next scene she has borne a child by him. Meta snoops in Thymiane's diary and finds out it was Meinert's baby, so she suggests they get married. Thymiane refuses, so they throw her in a creepy reformatory for fallen women and leave her baby with a midwife. While in the reformatory, she meets Erika (Edith Meinhard), with whom she eventually escapes. To escape from poverty and homelessness, the girls then become nominal prostitutes in a brothel and are "sexually liberated." ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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Cast

Fritz Rasp
as Meinert
Josef Rovenský
as Robert Henning
André Roanne
as Count Nicolas Osdorff
Josef Ravensky
as Robert Henning
Vera Pawlowa
as Aunt Frida
Arnold Korff
as His Uncle
Andrews Engelmann
as Director of the Reform School
Andrews Englemann
as Director of the Reform School
Valeska Gert
as His Wife
Sybille Schmitz
as Elizabeth
Sig Arno
as A Guest
Kurt Gerron
as Dr. Vitalis
Sibylle Schmitz
as Elisabeth
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Lost Girl (Tagebuch einer Verlorenen)

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[A] deliciously sordid soap opera.

November 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What rescues the movie from quaint anonymity is the nausea-inducing darkness that permeates its every frame

November 20, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's the brilliant performance by the radiantly beautiful Brooks that makes this otherwise forgettable soap opera story memorable.

June 22, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The Hollywood ideal corrupted by the deleterious social effects of the Third Reich remains one of the most haunting synergies in silent film.

April 19, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Lost Girl (Tagebuch einer Verlorenen)

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This is one of the films discussed in the documentary From Caligari to Hitler set in Weimar-era Germany prior to WWII. Weimar Germany itself is a cautionary tale against a morally righteous society with dark hidden recesses of inhumanity. This is the second collaboration between Austrian G.W. Pabst and American dancer Louise Brooks. This silent has a mature, complex plot with recognizable human drama. The plot concerns things in a culture's underbelly that 40+ years later would be the focus of countless exploitation flicks. The young innocent Thymiane (Brooks) is taken advantage of, has a baby out of wedlock, is forced to give the baby for adoption, is kept prisoner at a cruel militaristic reformatory, later falls into prostitution, becomes disowned by her family (who claim to be much more upstanding citizens), and yet when she is given the opportunity to advance herself with large sums of money, she is able to do the decent thing and help those who have less than her. The prolific Fritz Rasp, who also often worked with Fritz Lang, will make your skin crawl as the creep who takes Thymiane's innocence. Edith Meinhard as Erika, a girl Thymiane befriends in the reformatory and later introduces her to the life of a call girl, is memorable. The woman and her assistant who run the reformatory with iron fists are endlessly copied in future tales of bad girls being forced back on the straight and narrow. André Roanne as Thymiane's friend, a young Count with no real career skills who is cut off from his family's money, is very modern. This is the first film I've seen with Louise Brooks and she did not disappoint. I read about Brooks, Clara Bow, and Colleen Moore recently in the book Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern by Joshua Zeitz. Brooks' character faints from excessive emotions a little too often, but this American flapper in Germany with that iconic hairdo of the 20s was a natural in the role. "A little more love and no-one would be lost in this world."

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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This is the only silent movie I have ever sat through. I didn't think I would enjoy it, but I did. Louise Brooks was compelling as an actress and the story was a little raunchier than I would have expected from that era also.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

First of all, it's strange that Flixster says this movie is from 1981, it's really from 1929! Anyway, I highly recommend this movie, it's a has a great story, it's not dated at all, and it's very engaging. I really liked this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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