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April 1928 (Japan) See more »
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!
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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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:
Robert Wilber
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
Crew believed to be complete

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88 min | Portugal:104 min (20 fps)
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Rumors have circulated that this film had originally been nominated for Best Production during the Academy's first year. However, this has never been confirmed, and the Academy claims that it had never been a Best Production nominee.See more »
Member of General Staff:[Listening at the door to what he perceives to be the Duke's seduction of Natali] That sort of thing should always be done after caviar.See more »


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A window to Hollywood and the Russia of years old..., 3 June 2000
Author: FelixtheCat from Cleveland, OH

Josef Von Sternberg directs this magnificent silent film about silent Hollywood and the former Imperial General to the Czar of Russia who has found himself there. Emil Jannings won a well-deserved Oscar, in part, for his role as the general who ironically is cast in a bit part in a silent picture as a Russian general. The movie flashes back to his days in Russia leading up to the country's fall to revolutionaries. William Powell makes his big screen debut as the Hollywood director who casts Jannings in his film. The film serves as an interesting look at the fall of Russia and at an imitation of behind-the-scenes Tinseltown in the early days. Von Sternberg delivers yet another classic, and one that is filled with the great elements of romance, intrigue, and tragedy.

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