Diary of a Lost Girl (Tagebuch einer Verlorenen) 1929

Diary of a Lost Girl

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In Germany, chemist's daughter Thymian (Louise Brooks) is raped by her father's assistant. When she becomes pregnant and bears a child but refuses to marry her assaulter, her outraged father sends her to a brutal reformatory. Thymian soon escapes with a friend, Erika (Edith Meinhard), only to learn that her child has died. She then finds Erika working at a brothel and, with no other option, joins her. Gradually, Thymian works her way higher by marrying a count, but her past haunts her.

Cast

Fritz Rasp
as Meinert
Josef Rovenský
as Robert Henning
Josef Ravensky
as Robert Henning
André Roanne
as Count Nicolas Osdorff
Vera Pawlowa
as Aunt Frida
Arnold Korff
as His Uncle
Andrews Engelmann
as Director of the Reform School
Valeska Gert
as His Wife
Andrews Englemann
as Director of the Reform School
Sig Arno
as A Guest
Sybille Schmitz
as Elizabeth
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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  • Jul 13, 2013
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2008
    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 B Super Reviewer

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