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Hotel Imperial (1927)

During World War I, a hotel maid and Austrian officer in hiding attempt to survive in a Russian-occupied town.

Director:

Mauritz Stiller

Writers:

Lajos Biró (story "Színmü négy felvonásban"), Jules Furthman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Pola Negri ... Anna Sedlak
James Hall ... Lt. Paul Almasy
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Max Davidson ... Elias Butterman
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During World War I, an Austrian officer is trapped behind the Russian lines. He tries to sneak through to his own lines, but is forced to take refuge in a small hotel, where he is hidden by the establishment's chambermaid. The two fall in love, but a Russian general makes the hotel his headquarters and sets his sights on the maid. In addition, the Austrian must find out the identity of a spy who is feeding the Russians military information that could lead to the destruction of the Austrian army. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

1 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aftokratorikon xenodoheion See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Great atmosphere, great Negri, everything else not so great
30 April 2015 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

I admit I am not on the same page as the other folks on here: I do not view Hotel Imperial (1927) as a lost gem from the silent era. It is beautifully directed and shot, with fluid cinematography and mostly competent performances. Negri shines brightest, bringing her naturalistic acting and passion to her performance. It is she who makes this film so memorable.

The story is what brings everything down. The story is meant to be good drama, but the lack of subtlety in the villains and lapses of intelligence in most of the characters just drags everything down.

A beautifully made but certainly not classic film. Watch for the atmosphere and Negri.


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