Diary of a Lost Girl

Diary of a Lost Girl

Movie: Diary of a Lost Girl
Director: G.W. Pabst
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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 is given a lockable diary as a present. She’s distraught because the housekeeper Elisabeth is leaving under curious circumstances and turns up presumably dead. Her duties are taken over by the conniving Meta, who accepts the advances of Thymiane’s pharmacist father. Trying to understand Elisabeth’s fate, Thymiane agrees to meet her father’s assistant, Meinert. 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, with whom she eventually escapes. To escape from poverty and homelessness, the girls then become nominal prostitutes in a brothel and are “sexually liberated.

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