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The Last Command
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24 September 1928 (Finland) See more »
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EMIL JANNINGS -- World's finest dramatic actor in a brilliant successor to "The Way of all Flesh" -- and "Variety." You'll be amazed with Janning's tremendous role of the mighty general!...with men...women...a whole nation at his feet! Through flaming love...adoration...hate! To...! The most terrific climax the screen has ever known!
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A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Emil Jannings ... Gen. Dolgorucki / Grand Duke Sergius Alexander

Evelyn Brent ... Natalie Dabrova

William Powell ... Lev Andreyev
Jack Raymond ... Assistant Director
Nicholas Soussanin ... The Adjutant
Michael Visaroff ... Serge (the valet)
Fritz Feld ... A Revolutionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Cording ... Revolutionist (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Russian Youth (uncredited)
Alexander Ikonnikov ... Drillmaster (uncredited)
Nicholas Kobliansky ... Drillmaster (uncredited)
Guy Oliver ... Wardrobe Attendant (uncredited)
Sam Savitsky ... A Private (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... A Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lajos Biró  story
John F. Goodrich  writer
Herman J. Mankiewicz  titles
Josef von Sternberg  story

Produced by
Jesse L. Lasky .... producer
B.P. Schulberg .... associate producer
B.P. Schulberg .... executive producer
Adolph Zukor .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Israel (2010 Composer New Score)
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon 
 
Film Editing by
William Shea 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William H. Clothier .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travis Banton .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
J.G. Bachmann .... supervisor
Nicholas Kobliansky .... historical consultant
 
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88 min | Portugal:104 min (20 fps)
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Based on the life of General Lodijensky, a former general in the Russian army of Czar Nicholas, who fled Russia after the 1917 Communist revolution and wound up in Hollywood, where he worked for a while as a movie extra.See more »
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Gen. Dolgorucki:Why are you not in uniform?
Lev Andreyev:My lungs are weak.
Gen. Dolgorucki:Perhaps it is your courage that is weak.
Lev Andreyev:It doesn't require courage to send others to battle and death.
[the angry Duke uses his crop to whip Andreyev across the face]
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
An Extra's Story, 20 December 2011

"The Last Command" is a beautiful and extraordinary film in the best tradition of classic story-telling, with German actor Emil Jannings giving an outstanding performance for which he won the first Oscar for "Best Actor" ever. Based on the life of Russian official Theodore Lodijensky, who ran from the Soviet revolution and worked in Hollywood as an extra in silent films, Jannings plays a general who is chosen for a big historical production by a fellow countryman, a theater director who he once persecuted in Russia, for his subversive activities, and who is now in charge of the film's direction. From the first scenes when the military is selected, when he arrives in the studio, dons his costume and makes up, to the scene he impressively plays in the film-within-the-film (containing one of the most eloquent critics to cinema when turned into a cold industry that makes either films as sausages or limousines), "The Last Command" consists of a long flashback of the general's life in Russia, when he incarcerated the theater director and fell in love with a revolutionary actress. Jannings would work again for Sternberg as the protagonist of "The Blue Angel", seduced by the wicked Lola-Lola (Marlene Dietrich). Highly recommended.

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