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The Last Command Reviews

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Lewis Porteous
The Skinny
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
Fernando F. Croce
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Sternberg's direction makes this second only to The Docks of New York as the most accomplished of his silent films.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Plenty of direction and as much photography. There doesn't appear to be a miss or skip either.
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 8, 2013
Brilliant silent.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 13, 2003
A true classic of silent film from Sternberg.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The sheer sophistication of Sternberg's visuals makes nearly all current releases look old-fashioned.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
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.
Emanuel Levy
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
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David Thomson
The New Republic
February 27, 2013
Sternberg is a true master.

May 24, 2003
[An] exceptionally styled, shadowy silent drama.

TV Guide
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
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