After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal ... See full summary »
William A. Wellman
Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered, Egon, secretary of one of Leid's clients is arrested. He was with her, and ... See full summary »
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily ... See full summary »
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Joe May's sensual drama of life in the Berlin underworld is in many ways the perfect summation of German filmmaking in the silent era: a dazzling visual style, a psychological approach to ... See full summary »
In the Crimea, the Reds and the Whites aren't done fighting, and Jeanne discovers that the man she loves is a Bolshevik (when he kills her father). Penniless, she returns to Paris where she... See full summary »
Teenager Thymian Henning lives with her father Karl Friedrich Henning and her aunt in a comfortable house. When pregnant housekeeper Elisabeth is fired, she commits suicide and is found drowned. Her father brings the new housekeeper Meta and soon he flirts with her. Thymian is seduced by pharmacist Meinert that rents her father's pharmacy downstairs. Thyamin gets pregnant and he father gives the baby Erika for a nanny and puts his daughter in a reformatory. Meanwhile, the idle Count Nicolas Osdorff is left by his uncle to fend for himself. Karl Henning gets married with Meta and Thymian decides to escape from the boarding school helped by Count Osdorff. During the night, Thymian runs away from the reformatory with a friend that gives an address to Thymian and the Count. Soon she finds that the place is a brothel and without any alternative to survive, she works in the place. Years later, her father dies and Thymian inherits everything. But she needs a new identity and she gets married...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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's 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 »
Thymiane starts to write a letter to her father, writing with her right hand. When she thinks better of it, she decides to write to Count Osdorff instead. The camera zooms in as she scratches out her father's name, and in the close-up, she is now writing with her left hand. When the camera pulls out, she is writing with her right hand again. See more »
Who would have guessed that these two collaborated in a film superior to Pandora's Box. Pabst and Brooks were a rare combination indeed, and must serve as another decisive exception to the auteur theory. Having just viewed both, I think a case can be made that the Lost Girl film is actually superior to the admittedly better known film. How Krackhaeur could have ignored the value of these two films in his "Caligari to Hitler" book is indeed baffling. The scenes in the "foster" home are fascinating and may indeed say something about the authoritarian mindset of 20s Germany. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is another good example)
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