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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. Written by
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The scene in the notary's office (for the reading of the will): Thymian moves over to the window and looks out. Meinert joins her, and puts his hand on her shoulder. The camera view suddenly changes, and his hand is no longer on her shoulder. It changes back to its original POV, and the position has changed again (though his hand is now drawing away from her shoulder). See more »
Thymian (Louise Brooks), the naive daughter of pharmacist Robert Henning (Josef Rovenský), is puzzled when their housekeeper (Sybille Schmitz) leaves suddenly on the day of Thymian's confirmation. Her body is brought to the pharmacy later that day, an apparent suicide by drowning.
What we have here is a film that features sexual assault, unwanted children, prostitution and an amazing beard... all in the 1920s. This seems to go above and beyond what censors in those days would tolerate (but maybe Germany has different standards).
I definitely need to watch this again... I did not give it my full attention, and being a silent film, I may have missed some important stuff.
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