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The Last Command (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | April 1928 (Japan)
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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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 Michael Visaroff ... Serge (the valet)
Fritz Feld ... A Revolutionist
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Storyline

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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EMIL JANNINGS -- World's finest dramatic actor in a brilliant successor to "The Way of all Flesh" -- and "Variety." You'll be amazed with Janning's tremendous role of the mighty general!...with men...women...a whole nation at his feet! Through flaming love...adoration...hate! To...! The most terrific climax the screen has ever known!

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1928 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Ordem See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Both Emil Jannings and William Powell clashed with director Josef von Sternberg. Powell re-wrote his contract with a provision that he never be assigned to any future Sternberg production. 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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An Extra's Story
20 December 2011 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

"The Last Command" is a beautiful and extraordinary film in the best tradition of classic story-telling, with German actor Emil Jannings giving an outstanding performance for which he won the first Oscar for "Best Actor" ever. Based on the life of Russian official Theodore Lodijensky, who ran from the Soviet revolution and worked in Hollywood as an extra in silent films, Jannings plays a general who is chosen for a big historical production by a fellow countryman, a theater director who he once persecuted in Russia, for his subversive activities, and who is now in charge of the film's direction. From the first scenes when the military is selected, when he arrives in the studio, dons his costume and makes up, to the scene he impressively plays in the film-within-the-film (containing one of the most eloquent critics to cinema when turned into a cold industry that makes either films as sausages or limousines), "The Last Command" consists of a long flashback of the general's life in Russia, when he incarcerated the theater director and fell in love with a revolutionary actress. Jannings would work again for Sternberg as the protagonist of "The Blue Angel", seduced by the wicked Lola-Lola (Marlene Dietrich). Highly recommended.


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