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The Last Command Reviews

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June 1, 2016
Though the action moves in a predictable direction, Jannings' anguished breakdown makes for a compelling pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2013
Brilliant silent.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 27, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2013
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.
February 27, 2013
Sternberg is a true master.
September 4, 2010
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.
August 28, 2010
Jannings is a forceful screen presence and his characterization of the general is impressive in its oscillation between power and loss
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 26, 2009
Plenty of direction and as much photography. There doesn't appear to be a miss or skip either.
July 31, 2006
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
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 24, 2006
The sheer sophistication of Sternberg's visuals makes nearly all current releases look old-fashioned.
March 25, 2006
If there are moments when Mr. Jannings holds the same expression and pose too long, you are rewarded for the most part with a brilliant performance in which there is a wealth of imagination.
August 13, 2003
A true classic of silent film from Sternberg.
| Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2003
[An] exceptionally styled, shadowy silent drama.
April 20, 2003
A fascinating character study of a "great" man who deserves, but doesn't deserve, his bitter end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Sternberg's direction makes this second only to The Docks of New York as the most accomplished of his silent films.
September 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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