The Last Command (1928)
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Josef vonSternberg's The Last Command was inspired by the true story of General Lodijenski, a Russian aristocrat who arrived penniless in the US after the 1917 Revolution and who supported himself by playing movie bit parts and managing a Russian restaurant. Emil Jannings stars as the Grand Duke Sergius Alexander, who in the last days of the Romanoff regime must decide the fate of two revolutionist actors, Leo Andreyev (William Powell) and the gorgeous Natacha (Evelyn Brent). Andreyev is carted
Jan 1, 1928 Wide
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Plenty of direction and as much photography. There doesn't appear to be a miss or skip either.
The sheer sophistication of Sternberg's visuals makes nearly all current releases look old-fashioned.
Sternberg's direction makes this second only to The Docks of New York as the most accomplished of his silent films.
One of acclaimed German actor Emil Jannings' first American pictures, directed by Austrian expatriate Josef von Sternberg and tailor-made to suit Jannings' skills and screen persona.
The breadth of Josef von Sternberg's satire is laid out in the passage at William Powell's office, where the elegant axis is complemented by sang-froid gagwork.
Sternberg uses the [acting] contrast to differentiate the sides of the battle, emphasize the class difference and create a dynamic of old Europe and new.
Jannings is a forceful screen presence and his characterization of the general is impressive in its oscillation between power and loss
German Emil Jannings became the first Oscar winner, when he won Best Actor for this as well as The Way of All Flesh; here he plays a former Russian General turned extra who goes mad when asked to recreate the Revolution in a movie
A true classic of silent film from Sternberg.
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