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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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An Unforgettable Classic. See more (23 total) »

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:
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
 
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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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Assistant director:[Seeing an extra having a false beard applied by a make-up man] Is that beard supposed to be Russian? It looks like an ad for cough drops!See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An Unforgettable Classic., 1 September 2010
Author: Byravan Viswanathan from United States

I had little experience of silent films except few and far between until I saw The Last Command. With the great Josef von Sternberg directing and Oscar winning performance by Emil Jannings, I knew I could expect something memorable and I was richly rewarded in experience when I viewed it. Now I have no qualms about silent films and have become something of a fan of them. Three other silent films of equal caliber came to my mind when I watched this film; The Passion of Joan of Arc,Nanook of the North and Battleship Potemkin I noted that to bring the full effect of a movie's message and produce entertainment as well, it is a much harder task for the performers than with sound and dialog. In this film, Jannings outdid himself and absolutely deserved the Oscar, the first for a foreign actor in Oscar history. His haughty bearing as the imperial Russian general and appropriate facial expressions were totally convincing and he appeared taller and grander than himself in real life. Then again, as the devastated,humiliated extra in the Hollywood Bread line he was just as superb. he was able to project that false dignity even as he was dressed up in the uniform of his former rank in the Russian army for the part he was asked to play. The last few minutes of this movie brought to memory his depiction of Emmanuel Rath in the other great movie he made with Marlene Dietrich, Blue Angel, but in Last Command he was even more admirable. One gets deeply into the atmosphere of the scenes, the story and the music when one watches this film. For that, the credit goes to Sternberg as much or more than to the principal actors. The music score was also so very beautiful and made for a great total effect.Performances by Evelyn Brent and William Powell were also superb. Brent did a great job both as the delicate beauty as well as the vicious turn coat in her role.

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