The Patriot

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Ernst Lubitsch, well-known for his sophisticated romantic comedies, proved that he was equally adept at historical drama in this lavishly-mounted story. Count Pahlen (Lewis S. Stone) is a close and trusted friend of Paul I (Emil Jannings), a Russian Czar of the 18th century. Russia is in turmoil and the czar fears for his life; while Pahlen holds a fierce loyalty to Paul I as both a friend and a ruler, he is deeply troubled by the czar's increasingly violent tirades, unstable leadership, and the desperate poverty of many of his countrymen. Stefan (Harry Cording) -- a guard at the czar's palace who has been mistreated by Paul I -- and Mlle. Lapoukhine (Vera Voronina), the czar's lover, become involved in a plot to assassinate the ruler. Pahlen agrees to help them, though not without severe misgivings as he betrays a friend for the good of his native land. Shot as a silent feature while sound films were beginning to take over, The Patriot features several scenes with dialogue that were added without Lubitsch's participation shortly before its release; the finished product earned five Academy Award nominations, with Hanns Kraly winning an Oscar for his screenplay.


Emil Jannings
as Czar Paul I
Florence Vidor
as Countess Ostermann
Lewis Stone
as Count Pahlen the "Patriot"
Neil Hamilton
as Crown Prince Alexander
Vera Voronina
as Mademoiselle Lapoukhine
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  • Sep 01, 2010
    what can I say, I've seen the trailer of this film. That's all I'm ever going to see. nothing else of this film really exists. too bad. It looked really good. The good thing though is that it is the only lost nominee so I won't have to do something like this again I hope.. But, I only saw 3 minutes of the film. and the 3 minutes I saw were MUCH better than the entire movie of The Broadway Melody. Man, that film sucked.
    Lord N Super Reviewer

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