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The Last Command
The film tells the story of a former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar who ends up being broke and working as a bit player in Hollywood in a movie directed by a former revolutionary.
26 April 1891, Wellington, Somerset, England, UK
29 July 1892, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
14 December 1901, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
15 October 1900, Berlin, Germany
23 July 1884, Rorschach, St. Gallen, Switzerland
4 June 1914, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
August 28, 2010Jannings is a forceful screen presence and his characterization of the general is impressive in its oscillation between power and loss
February 27, 2013One of acclaimed German actor Emil Jannings' first American pictures, directed by Austrian expatriate Josef von Sternberg and tailor-made to suit Jannings' skills and screen persona.
June 24, 2006The sheer sophistication of Sternberg's visuals makes nearly all current releases look old-fashioned.
July 31, 2006German Emil Jannings became the first Oscar winner, when he won Best Actor for this as well as The Way of All Flesh; here he plays a former Russian General turned extra who goes mad when asked to recreate the Revolution in a movie
March 25, 2006If there are moments when Mr. Jannings holds the same expression and pose too long, you are rewarded for the most part with a brilliant performance in which there is a wealth of imagination.
May 08, 2013Brilliant silent.
February 27, 2013Sternberg is a true master.
February 27, 2013The breadth of Josef von Sternberg's satire is laid out in the passage at William Powell's office, where the elegant axis is complemented by sang-froid gagwork.
January 01, 2000Sternberg's direction makes this second only to The Docks of New York as the most accomplished of his silent films.
September 04, 2010Sternberg uses the [acting] contrast to differentiate the sides of the battle, emphasize the class difference and create a dynamic of old Europe and new.
March 26, 2009Plenty of direction and as much photography. There doesn't appear to be a miss or skip either.
June 01, 2016Though the action moves in a predictable direction, Jannings' anguished breakdown makes for a compelling pay off.