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Emil Jannings

Highest Rated:   100% The Last Command (1928)
Lowest Rated:   80% Tartuffe (1925)
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Born Theodor Emil Janenz into a middle-class home, German actor Emil Jannings ran away from home at age 16 to become a sailor, and ended up working as an assistant cook on a ocean liner. He returned home disillusioned, but soon took up the theater; at 18 he made his professional stage debut, going on to tour with several companies in numerous provincial towns. In 1906 he was invited to join Max Reinhardt's theater in Berlin, then considered to be the finest stage troupe in the world. Over the following decade, he established himself as a significant stage actor. Jannings debuted onscreen in 1914, but the first five years of his film career were routine. In 1919 he began appearing in a string of Germanic-slanted historical dramas, portraying imposing historical figures such as Louis XV, Henry VIII, and Peter the Great; next he starred in a series of literary adaptations. By the mid-'20s he had an international reputation, and many considered him the world's greatest screen actor. In 1927 Paramount signed him and he moved to Hollywood, appearing in a number of films designed to showcase his gift for tragedy. Jannings won the very first Best Actor Academy Award for his first two American films, The Last Command (1928) and The Way of All Flesh (1927). Because of his thick German accent, the advent of sound ended his American career. He returned to Germany in 1929. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, he was enlisted to participate in the state's propaganda machine; an enthusiastic supporter of the Nazis, he spent the next decade-plus making films that supported Nazi ideology. Propaganda Minister Goebbels awarded him in 1938 with a medal and an appointment to head Tobis, the company that produced his films, and he was honored as "Artist of the State" in 1941. At war's end Jannings was blacklisted by the Allied authorities, and he never made another film. He died five years later, lonely and bitter.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Die Entlassung (Bismarck's Dismissal)
  • Producer
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Othello
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Stürme der Leidenschaft
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Ohm Krüger (Uncle Kruger)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Der schwarze Walfisch (The Black Whale)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Der alte und der junge König - Friedrichs des Grossen Jugend (The Making of a King)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Altes Herz Wird Wieder Jung
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Das Weib des Pharao (The Loves of Pharaoh)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Robert Koch, der Bekämpfer des Todes
  • Robert Koch
  • Producer
1939
No Score Yet Broken Jug
  • Director
  • Adam
1937
No Score Yet Liebling der Götter (Darling of the Gods)
  • Actor
1930
94% Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)
  • Prof. Immanuel Rath
1930
No Score Yet The Patriot
  • Czar Paul I
1928
100% The Last Command
  • Gen. Dolgorucki
1928
No Score Yet The Way of All Flesh
  • August Schiller
1927
No Score Yet Nju - Eine unverstandene Frau (Husbands or Lovers)
  • The Husband
1927
94% Faust
  • Mephisto
1926
No Score Yet Waxworks
  • Actor
1926
80% Tartuffe
  • Tartuffe
1925
No Score Yet Varieté (Variety) (Jealousy)
  • Boss Huller
1925
No Score Yet The Eyes of the Mummy
  • Radu
1922
No Score Yet Othello
  • Othello
1922
No Score Yet Wax Works
  • Actor
1922
No Score Yet Algol - Tragodie der Macht
  • Robert Herne
1921
No Score Yet Danton
  • Actor
1921
No Score Yet Fortune's Fool
  • S. I. Rupp
1921
No Score Yet Anna Boleyn (Anne Boleyn)(Deception)
  • Henry VIII
1920
No Score Yet Kohlhiesels Tochter
  • Actor
1920
No Score Yet Madame Du Barry
  • Louis XV
1919
No Score Yet The Merry Jail (Das fidele Gefängnis)
  • Actor
1917

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