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The Last Command (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 21 January 1928 (USA)
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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.

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Lajos Biró (story), John F. Goodrich | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Emil Jannings ... Gen. Dolgorucki / Grand Duke Sergius Alexander
Evelyn Brent ... Natalie Dabrova
William Powell ... Lev Andreyev
Jack Raymond Jack Raymond ... Assistant Director
Nicholas Soussanin ... The Adjutant
Michael Visaroff ... Serge (the valet)
Fritz Feld ... A Revolutionist
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A decorated, aristocratic Czarist General is reduced to penury after the collapse of Imperial Russia. An old adversary, now a successful director hires the general to re-enact the revolution which deposed him. Written by W. Louis <wlouis@ego.psych.mcgill.ca>

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You'll be amazed with Jannings' tremendous role of the mighty general. An entire nation at his feet. Caught in the vortex of revolution he is swept to oblivion and then- The Most Terrific Climax the Screen Has Ever Known (Print Ad- San Pedro Daily News, ((San Pedro, Calif.)) 25 February 1928) See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #530. See more »

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Quotes

Gen. Dolgorucki: Why are you not in uniform?
Lev Andreyev: My lungs are weak.
Gen. Dolgorucki: Perhaps it is your courage that is weak.
Lev Andreyev: It doesn't require courage to send others to battle and death.
[the angry Duke uses his crop to whip Andreyev across the face]
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Alternate Versions

In 1985 German composer Siegfried Franz reconstructed the original musical score of the film. A version of the film with this score was released in life performances in theaters and shown on television in the eighties. See more »

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Referenced in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995) See more »

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A window to Hollywood and the Russia of years old...
3 June 2000 | by FelixtheCatSee all my reviews

Josef Von Sternberg directs this magnificent silent film about silent Hollywood and the former Imperial General to the Czar of Russia who has found himself there. Emil Jannings won a well-deserved Oscar, in part, for his role as the general who ironically is cast in a bit part in a silent picture as a Russian general. The movie flashes back to his days in Russia leading up to the country's fall to revolutionaries. William Powell makes his big screen debut as the Hollywood director who casts Jannings in his film. The film serves as an interesting look at the fall of Russia and at an imitation of behind-the-scenes Tinseltown in the early days. Von Sternberg delivers yet another classic, and one that is filled with the great elements of romance, intrigue, and tragedy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

21 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Ordem See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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