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11 April 1930 (France) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The modern melodrama was born. See more (46 total) »

Cast

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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 »
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Revealing mistakes: When the sheet is removed from the face of the "corpse", she reacts slightly.See more »
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Thymian:Listen! We'll organize a raffle and... I'll be the prize.See more »
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Featured in Cabaret-Berlin: The Wild Scene (2010) (TV)See more »

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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The modern melodrama was born., 8 August 2005
Author: dbdumonteil

The melodrama we would love with Stahl's and Sirk's works was born with Pabst .We are far from DW Griffith's "orphans in the storm" !Although implausible,this film has realist accents and Pabst's directing takes our breath away.And what a beautiful last line:"Nobody's lost when there's a little love!"

Melodrama is par excellence a woman's story.An unfairly treated woman.Its construction is parabolic: happiness,downfall,redemption. But "Tagebuch" is much more complex;its first part already features tragedy:Elisabeth's suicide is a sinister omen.

Admirable sequences:

The reformatory where two martinets (a shrew and a terrifying smiling bald man)treat their pupils like dogs.The scene when the girls eat their soup is unforgettable.

The scene at the notary's office where Thymiane returns good for evil ,which climaxes the movie.Pabst uses no (or so few) subtitles : his pictures have the strength of a Chaplin movie.The close-up on Meinert's hand after the girl has refused to shake it,sublimates her redemption.

The final scene when Thymiane meets again her former mate and her final rebellion:"I know the benefits of that house!"

Like very few silent movies,"Tagebuch" can grab today's audience at least as much as "Pandora's box" (aka "Loulou" aka "der büchse der Pandora").Both movies have a very dense screenplay full of twists and unexpected ends -Loulou's death in the former;Thymiane's rebellion in the latter).Both feature Louise Brooks ,who remains an attractive woman even by today's canons when so many silent screen actresses'charm -and actors' - seems outdated nowadays (think of Brigitte Helm -Maria in Lang's masterpiece "Metropolis").Her charisma was so strong that she did not have to speak to move us.That may account for her failure in the talkies.

Do not miss Pabst's anti-war "West front 1918" either.It compares favorably to Milestone's "All quiet on the western front" and Gance's "J'accuse".

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