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11 April 1930 (France) See more »
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... See more » | 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 »
Elder Count Osdorff:With a little more love, no one on this earth would ever be lost!See more »
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Featured in Lulu in Berlin (1984)See more »


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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Drama – Earthy, Yet Ultimately Uplifting – With A Fine Performance By Louise Brooks, 14 March 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This excellent drama accomplishes the difficult task of being quite earthy, and often grim, in the ways that it depicts its characters and their lives, yet at the same time being an ultimately uplifting story about the possibilities of human understanding. It also features a fine performance by Louise Brooks. Her performance in "Diary of a Lost Girl" is on a par with that in "Pandora's Box", her other celebrated collaboration with G.W. Pabst.

The story has Brooks as a pharmacist's daughter whose young life is drastically changed by events that she can only dimly understand. From then on, she must endure a variety of trials while gradually learning some important lessons, often with only the barest help from those around her. The role contrasts nicely with her role in "Pandora's Box". Both in that film and in "Diary of a Lost Girl", she has the same level of energy and appeal, but in the former movie, right from the beginning she was very much the catalyst for the other characters' actions, while here she begins as an innocent youth who is completely at the mercy of all of the others, and then grows as the movie proceeds.

The settings are well-chosen so as both to contrast with her character, and to develop it. Her experiences show many aspects of the seamier side of both human nature and human living, and yet this is by no means a mere gratuitous display of sordidness, but rather a growing experience for Brooks's character. It culminates in an uplifting finale that is all the more effective for having arisen from material that is by no means idealistic.

The expressionistic style in the photography, lighting, and sets enhances the atmosphere and also the effectiveness of the story and the characters. The slightly stylized nature of both works quite well, and all of this contributes significantly to the high quality of the movie.

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