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Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

Tagebuch einer Verlorenen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1930 (USA)
After falling pregnant to a pharmacist and refusing to marry, a young woman is thrown from her home and sent to a strict girls' reform school.

Director:

Georg Wilhelm Pabst (as G.W. Pabst)

Writers:

Margarete Böhme (novel), Rudolf Leonhardt (screenplay)
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Cast

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Louise Brooks ... Thymian
André Roanne ... Count Nicolas Osdorff
Josef Rovenský Josef Rovenský ... Robert Henning
Fritz Rasp ... Meinert
Vera Pawlowa 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 Edith Meinhard ... Erika
Sybille Schmitz ... Elisabeth
Sig Arno ... Guest (as Siegfried Arno)
Kurt Gerron ... Dr. Vitalis
Hedy Krilla ... (as Hedwig Schlichter)
Hans Casparius Hans Casparius
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Storyline

Thymian 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 option, joins her. Gradually, Thymian works her way higher by marrying a count, but her past haunts her. Written by Canon y mus

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The name "Thymian" is the German word for the herb thyme. Hence, it would be pronounced "ty-mi-en". See more »

Goofs

In the English subtitles, the title of the film is "Dairy," not "Diary." Well, there is a cow-milking scene. See more »

Quotes

Thymian: I would like to see my child... The little Erika Henning...
Mrs. Bolke: Well... she's dead.
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Alternate Versions

Various heavily cut versions have been around for years. Some "lost" footage was found and reinserted for the release of a complete (104 minutes) restored version in 1984. See more »

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Featured in Cabaret-Berlin: The Wild Scene (2010) See more »

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The modern melodrama was born.
8 August 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

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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Country:

Germany

Language:

None | German

Release Date:

1930 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (restored) | (Kino Print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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