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Otto Matieson ...
Man
Julius Molnar ...
Man as a child (as Julius Molnar Jr.)
Lucille La Verne ...
Innkeeper
Anielka Elter ...
Woman
Georgia Hale ...
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Isabel La Mal ...
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Vivian Winston ...
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15 February 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le dernier moment  »

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$13,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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When Pál Fejös' approached producer Edward M. Spitz with the idea for this film, Spitz said he was either crazy or a genius, and advanced $5,000. Fejos then talked Georgia Hale and Otto Matieson into working for no pay, DuPont into providing film stock on credit. His total budget was about $13,000. See more »

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A Tragic Loss For Silent Cinema
2 August 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The first title states that in the last moments of life a person visualizes the highlights of his lifetime. The opening shot shows a man struggling in water. A hand reaches up, indicating that the man is drowning. Then a series of quick shots: double and triple exposures of Pierrot's head, faces of women, flashing headlights, spinning wheels, a shower of stars, an explosion, and a child's book. The picture slows down to summarize the man's life: schooldays, a loving mother, a stern father, a religious confirmation, a birthday party, the circus, an adolescent affair with a circus performer, a quarrel with his father, leaving home, stowing away on a ship, wandering into a tavern in port, reciting for the drinkers, being run over by a car, an operation and recovery in the hospital, becoming an actor, marrying the nurse who took care of him, quarrelling, a divorce, the death of his mother, the funeral, an affair with a married woman, a duel with her husband, the war, and his friend dying in his arms. He returns to civilian life, resumes acting, falls in love with his leading lady, marries; she dies. Dressed as Pierrot, he walks home, reaches the pond, looks at his reflection, and wades in until only his hand is visible. Then the hand disappears, and the film ends with a few bubbles rising to the surface.

This intriguing 1928 silent drama was produced by Freedman-Spitz and starred Otto Matieson and Georgia Hale. Charlie Chaplin saw the film in a private screening and arranged for it to be theatrically released by United Artists. It received supportive reviews, with the The New York Times stating, the film displayed "a wonderful aptitude for true cinematic ideas" and "an enviable fund of imagination." Tragically no print of The Last Moment is known to exist in any archive or private collection, and it is considered a lost film.


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