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The young Thymian, herself still a child, is seduced by her father's assistant. After the birth of her illegitimate baby, her family puts her into a home. There she suffers with her fellow inmates under the control of a sadistical couple. Helped by the young poor Earl Osdorff she runs away and ends up in an urban brothel. She begins to like it there and becomes the focus of interest in a different and exciting world.

To help a customer of the brothel financially, Thymian is auctioned off at a nightclub. Her father witnesses this personally and dies shortly thereafter. Meinert, her seducer, buys her father's pharmacy to pay her off. Now the Earl becomes interested in Thymian due to her heir to the estate. He marries her but on hearing the news that Thymian donated all the money to her stepmother's children, he commits suicide.
Now that she has become the Countess she meets the rich uncle of her deceased husband who takes care of her. Together with him and other ladies of the high society Thymian visits the same home, where she reveals that she herself was a former inmate and furthermore the hypocrisy of the couple in charge.

Restored Version by the German Institute for Film Studies, Wiesbaden, and Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Foundation, Wiesbaden in cooperation with: Archivo National de la Imagen - Sodre, Cineteca del Comune di Bologna, Cinémathèque Française, Paris, Cinémathèque Royale Belge, Det Danske Filmmuseum, Kopenhagen.
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1929
Director Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Screenplay Rudolf Leonhardt
Cinematography Sepp Allgeier
Otto Stenzel
Cast Vera Pawlowa, Franziska Kinz, Arnold Korff, André Roanne, Andrews Engelmann, Edith Meinhard, Siegfried Arno, Sybille Schmitz, Louise Brooks, Josef Rovensky, Kurt Gerron, Jaro Fuerth, Valeska Gert, Fritz Rasp, Hans Casparius
Producer Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Production Company Pabst-Film/Berlin
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
Intertitled Versions German
Festivals Festival do Rio 2013
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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