Diary of a Lost Girl

Diary of a Lost Girl

Director: G.W. Pabst Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Rasp, André Roanne


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German filmmaker G.W. Pabst and Hollywood expatriate Louise Brooks re-team after the success of Pandora's Box for the silent film Diary of a Lost Girl. On the day of her confirmation, innocent young Thymiane Henning (Brooks) is given a lockable diary as a present. She's distraught because the housekeeper Elisabeth (Sibylle Schmitz) is leaving under curious circumstances and turns up presumably dead. Her duties are taken over by the conniving Meta (Franziska Kinz), who accepts the advances of Thymiane's pharmacist father (Josef Ravensky). Trying to understand Elisabeth's fate, Thymiane agrees to meet her father's assistant, Meinert (Fritz Rasp). She passes out, he carries her up to her room, and by the next scene she has borne a child by him. Meta snoops in Thymiane's diary and finds out it was Meinert's baby, so she suggests they get married. Thymiane refuses, so they throw her in a creepy reformatory for fallen women and leave her baby with a midwife. While in the reformatory, she meets Erika (Edith Meinhard), with whom she eventually escapes. To escape from poverty and homelessness, the girls then become nominal prostitutes in a brothel and are "sexually liberated."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2015
UPC: 0738329196929
Original Release: 1929
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 25,927

Special Features

Mastered in HD from archival 35mm elements; Audio commentary by Thomas Gladysz, director, Louise Brooks Society; "Windy Riley Goes Hollywood" (1931, 18 min.); Promotional trailer (2015)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Louise Brooks Thymiane Henning
Fritz Rasp Meinert, the Pharmacy Assistant
André Roanne Count Osdorff
Josef Ravensky Robert Henning
Franziska Kinz Meta
Edith Meinhard Erika
Vera Pawlowa Aunt Frieda
Arnold Korff The Elderly Count Osdorff
Andrews Englemann Director of the Reform School
Valeska Gert His Wife
Sig Arno A Guest
Kurt Gerron Dr. Vitalis
Sylvia Torf Actor
Michael von Newlinsky Actor
Sibylle Schmitz Elisabeth
Jaro Fuerth Actor

Technical Credits
G.W. Pabst Director,Producer
Sepp Allgeier Cinematographer
Javier Perez deAzpeitia Score Composer
Paul Falkenberg Asst. Director
Emile Hasler Production Designer
Rudolph Leonhardt Screenwriter
Erno Metzner Production Designer
Marc Sorkin Asst. Director
Fritz Arno Wagner Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Diary of a Lost Girl
1. Opening Titles
2. End of Innocence
3. Reformation
4. Escape
5. Sanctuary
6. The Lottery
7. The Inheritance
8. A New Life

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