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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.
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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
Hedy Krilla Hedy Krilla ... (as Hedwig Schlichter)
Hans Casparius Hans Casparius
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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

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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'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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Count Nicolas Osdorff: As a Count, I can do as I like!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965) See more »

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Pabst/Brooks' best collaboration
2 September 2003 | by ac947See all my reviews

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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

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