The Patriot (1928)

In 18th-Century Russia, the Czar, Paul, is surrounded by murderous plots and trusts only Count Pahlen. Pahlen wishes to protect his friend, the mad king, but because of the horror of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Ashley Dukes (play), Julian Johnson (titles) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Emil Jannings ... Czar Paul I
Florence Vidor ... Countess Ostermann
Lewis Stone ... Count Pahlen
Vera Voronina ... Mademoiselle Lapoukhine
Neil Hamilton ... Crown Prince Alexander
Harry Cording ... Stefan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicholas Kobliansky Nicholas Kobliansky
Sam Savitsky Sam Savitsky
Alexander Skonnikov Alexander Skonnikov
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Storyline

In 18th-Century Russia, the Czar, Paul, is surrounded by murderous plots and trusts only Count Pahlen. Pahlen wishes to protect his friend, the mad king, but because of the horror of the king's acts, he feels that he must remove him from the throne.

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These Characters Will Fascinate You! EMIL JANNINGS - Cruel, brutal, but also pathetic. The mad Czar who holds all Russia in his tyrannical grasp. FLORENCE VIDOR - An exotic beauty of the court. The Czar's favorite! Betrayed by her lover, she becomes a thorn in the hands of the conspirators! LEWIS STONE - Prime Minister and trusted friend of the mad Czar, who conspires against the monster ruler of Russia. NEIL HAMILTON - Heir to the throne. Worshipped by the Russians. The only man who can hold the government from self-destruction. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta traición See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Although this film is presumed lost, excerpts do survive, including a trailer, which is one of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. It is preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive and has a running time of 3 minutes. See more »

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20 July 2012 | by silviefishSee all my reviews

Lubitsch + Jannings, how much better can it get?

I can only agree with what has already been said in this forum, for heaven's sake save this copy before it's too late, it's an invaluable piece of film history! The last piece in a longer story of artistic struggles between the actor and the two directors Sternheim and Lubitsch. Both films complement each other, The Patriot being Lubitsch' and Jannings' artistic reply to the predecessor. Just look at the difference in Janning's acting styles in the two films. From what I've read it was also the final nail in the silent film coffin, and Jannings, with the first ever Oscar in his hands, left for Germany, and ended up with a ban on working by the Allies after WW2.

(And may I say that it only costs coppers to digitise it, but that's not really the argument here)


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