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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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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Ponderous epic of Louis' XV' mistress- her rise and fall, 9 May 2002
Author: Arne Andersen from Putney, VT

Like Norma Shearer's MARIE ANTOINETTE almost twenty years later, this is an attempt to tell a rags to riches tale set in the last years of the French aristocracy. We see Jeanne rise from milliner to mistress of all who would have her, finally married to her protector's brother so she could become the king's favorite. Negri and Jannings do well as Du Barry and Louis XV but this is no intimate drama so it lacks character development and depth. Jeanne, it seems, is ever faithful to her first love, the student, Armand, and looks out for him unbeknownst of course, only to be shamed when he learns who his benefactress really is. So like a man!

Negri is early in her career and far from the subtle actress she would later become. She is so heavily made up that she is often rather grotesque. Jannings always pulls off a characterization with professional aplomb but here he has little to do until his death scene, where he pulls out the stops. There is a lot of posturing and it tries quite well to give us a history lesson - although it succeeds, it is dullsville along the way.

The lavish and elaborate art direction is worthy of award consideration. Don't seek this out unless you are a fan of the two leads, the director or the subject matter.

Note: that same year Lubitsch would "go mad" and find his niche with the delightfully funnny OYSTER PRINCESS. While that film is also worthy of art direction honors, it is Lubitsch's marvelous directorial touches that deserve as high a consideration.

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