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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 scrict girls' reform school.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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
Hedwig Schlichter Hedwig Schlichter
Hans Casparius Hans Casparius
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Storyline

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 drowned. 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 Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored) | (Kino Print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The iconic women's haircut of the 1920s, the bob, did not originate with Louise Brooks, and was already a cultural touchstone in 1920 when F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote "Bernice Bobs Her Hair." However, Brooks' striking helmet-style bob in the late 20s became a popular variation that came to define the decade's flapper look. Interestingly, in Diary of a Lost Girl, Brooks stunning beauty is on best display in scenes where she has a more natural hairstyle, suggesting that her famous bob was wearing her rather than the reverse. See more »

Goofs

The scene in the apothecary's house (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 »

Quotes

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

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excellent film
23 July 2003 | by MadamewozelleSee all my reviews

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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