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
It is the first movie that I've watched starring the legendary silent movie star Pola Negri; it's no secret that most of her movies from 1920s were sadly lost (as so many great ones from that era are also) but I managed to get me "Hotel Imperial" of decent quality and watched it in one take. The copy that I had did have some strange musical arrangements and score that was abruptly ending and beginning mid-scene but despite that unnerving fact I was still capable of enjoying this movie. It tells a story of a soldier lost among the enemy lines and having to pose as a servant at a local hotel. Pola Negri plays a chambermaid in this hotel who is not only corageous considering the conditions she had to work under but selfless, caring, cool-headed and brave too and Pola portrays her excellently. The acting overall is top-notch and you can't take your eyes off the screen. The only issue I have with this movie is that by the end it gets a little naive and unrealistic whereas it was very real at the beginning.
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