Diary of a Lost Girl. 1929. Germany. Directed by G. W. Pabst. 35mm. Silent. 125 min.
After a teenager (Louise Brooks) is raped and impregnated by her father’s colleague, she refuses to marry her attacker and is sent by her father to a hellish reformatory. Following 1928’s Beggars of Life, Diary of a Lost Girl marks a particularly powerful and socially minded period of Brooks’s brief but electric career.