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26 November 1919 (Denmark) See more »
Dramatic! Beauty! Splendor! (1928 re-issue poster) See more »
The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution. | Add synopsis »
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Pola Negri ... Jeanne Vaubernier - later Madame Dubarry

Emil Jannings ... König Louis XV

Harry Liedtke ... Armand De Foix
Eduard von Winterstein ... Graf Jean Dubarry

Reinhold Schünzel ... Minister Choiseul
Else Berna ... Graefin Gramont
Fred Immler ... Richelieu
Gustav Czimeg ... Aiguillon
Karl Platen ... Guillaume Dubarry

Bernhard Goetzke ... Revolutionär
Magnus Stifter ... Don Diego
Paul Biensfeldt ... Lebel
Willy Kaiser-Heyl ... Oberst der Wache
Alexander Ekert ... Paillet (as Alexander Eckert)
Robert Sortsch-Pla
Marga Köhler ... Madame Labille

Paul Wegener ... (unconfirmed)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Janson ... Zamor - ein Neger (as Viktor Janson)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Norbert Falk  (as Fred Orbing)
Hanns Kräly  writer

Produced by
Paul Davidson .... producer
Original Music by
William Axt (1920) (uncredited)
Hans Jönsson (1976) (uncredited)
David Mendoza (1920) (uncredited)
Alexander Schirmann (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl 
Kurt Waschneck 
Film Editing by
Elfi Böttrich (new version)
Production Design by
Karl Machus 
Kurt Richter 
Costume Design by
Ali Hubert 
Sound Department
Rudolf Wohlschläger .... sound: new version
Camera and Electrical Department
Fritz Arno Wagner .... assistant camera
Crew believed to be complete

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85 min | 113 min (20 fps)
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Sound Mix:
Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | UK:PG

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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Lacks the "Lubitsch Touch"., 28 June 1999
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

This early effort by Lubitsch is disappointingly heavy going, lacking the famous light touch of his later films. This is full on melodrama with little sense of fun, or history, as it tells the story of Louis xv's lover. Apparently this film caused a sensation when, re-titled "Passion", it was released in the USA. It also established its star and director on the international scene. It's very hard to understand why.

Negri and Jannings are quite good in the lead roles but are given few opportunities to shine. The camerawork is stilted and there is little in the way of visual interest, despite some large crowd scenes and lavish sets and costumes. It's all rather dull.

The print I saw ran at 110 minutes, with a relentlessly heavy music score, and was badly washed out. This made it quite hard to distinguish some of the characters as their powdered wigs changed them into white blobs - and some of the overly long letters were unreadable.

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