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Passion (1919)

Madame DuBarry (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | December 1920 (USA)
The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution.


Ernst Lubitsch


Norbert Falk (as Fred Orbing), Hanns Kräly




Cast overview, first billed only:
Pola Negri ... Jeanne Vaubernier - later Madame Dubarry
Emil Jannings ... König Louis XV
Harry Liedtke ... Armand De Foix
Eduard von Winterstein Eduard von Winterstein ... Graf Jean Dubarry
Reinhold Schünzel ... Minister Choiseul
Else Berna Else Berna ... Graefin Gramont
Fred Immler Fred Immler ... Richelieu
Gustav Czimeg Gustav Czimeg ... Aiguillon
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... Guillaume Dubarry
Bernhard Goetzke ... Revolutionär
Magnus Stifter Magnus Stifter ... Don Diego
Paul Biensfeldt Paul Biensfeldt ... Lebel
Willy Kaiser-Heyl Willy Kaiser-Heyl ... Oberst der Wache
Alexander Ekert Alexander Ekert ... Paillet (as Alexander Eckert)
Robert Sortsch-Pla Robert Sortsch-Pla


The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution.

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The intimate story of the little milliner whom the world came to know as Du Barry. See more »


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Lacks the "Lubitsch Touch".
28 June 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This early effort by Lubitsch is disappointingly heavy going, lacking the famous light touch of his later films. This is full on melodrama with little sense of fun, or history, as it tells the story of Louis xv's lover. Apparently this film caused a sensation when, re-titled "Passion", it was released in the USA. It also established its star and director on the international scene. It's very hard to understand why.

Negri and Jannings are quite good in the lead roles but are given few opportunities to shine. The camerawork is stilted and there is little in the way of visual interest, despite some large crowd scenes and lavish sets and costumes. It's all rather dull.

The print I saw ran at 110 minutes, with a relentlessly heavy music score, and was badly washed out. This made it quite hard to distinguish some of the characters as their powdered wigs changed them into white blobs - and some of the overly long letters were unreadable.

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December 1920 (USA) See more »

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Black and White (tinted)

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1.33 : 1
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