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1930 (USA) See more »
After falling pregnant to a pharmacist and refusing to marry, a young woman is thrown from her home and sent to a scrict girls' reform school. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Louise Brooks ... Thymian
André Roanne ... Count Nicolas Osdorff
Josef Rovenský ... Robert Henning
Fritz Rasp ... Meinert
Vera Pawlowa ... Aunt Frieda
Franziska Kinz ... Meta

Arnold Korff ... Elder Count Osdorff
Andrews Engelmann ... The director of the establishment

Valeska Gert ... The director's wife
Edith Meinhard ... Erika

Sybille Schmitz ... Elisabeth

Sig Arno ... Guest (as Siegfried Arno)

Kurt Gerron ... Dr. Vitalis
Hedwig Schlichter
Hans Casparius
Jaro Fürth
Emmy Wyda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marfa Kassatskaya (as M. Kasazkaya)

Sylvia Torf

Michael von Newlinsky

Directed by
Georg Wilhelm Pabst 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Margarete Böhme  novel
Rudolf Leonhardt  writer

Produced by
Georg Wilhelm Pabst .... producer
Original Music by
Otto Stenzeel 
Cinematography by
Sepp Allgeier 
Fritz Arno Wagner 
Art Direction by
Emil Hasler 
Ernö Metzner 
Production Management
Heinz Landsmann .... unit production manager
Victor Skutezky .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Falkenberg .... assistant director
Marc Sorkin .... assistant director

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Also Known As:
"Tagebuch einer Verlorenen" - Germany (original title)
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104 min | Germany:100 min (restored version) (24 fps) | USA:79 min | 115 min (Kino Print)
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the sheet is removed from the face of the "corpse", she reacts slightly.See more »
Thymian:I'm so sad!See more »


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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
excellent film, 23 July 2003
Author: Madamewozelle from State College, PA

I saw Pandora's Box several years ago. At the time, Diary of a Lost Girl was unavailable for viewing. I discovered it had been re- released on DVD, completely restored. It is far superior to Pandora's Box, in my opinion. Louise Brooks plays Thyamin, a young innocent who is raped by her lothario father's chemist assistant. Her pregnancy results in her banishment from the house, and she is placed in a reform school. Her escape from the institution leads her to a brothel, where she spends her life until her father's death...when her life changes. Unlike Pandora's Box, which is about an unredeemable nymphomaniac, Diary of A Lost Girl is a story about loss, redemption, forgiveness, sacrifice, and hope. It has a much richer plotline, sublime cinematography, and Louise Brooks shone like a star. This film itself is a rediscovered treasure. Highly, highly recommended.

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