The Last Command
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Josef vonSternberg's The Last Command was inspired by the true story of General Lodijenski, a Russian aristocrat who arrived penniless in the US after the 1917 Revolution and who supported himself by playing movie bit parts and managing a Russian restaurant. Emil Jannings stars as the Grand Duke Sergius Alexander, who in the last days of the Romanoff regime must decide the fate of two revolutionist actors, Leo Andreyev (William Powell) and the gorgeous Natacha (Evelyn Brent). Andreyev is carted off to prison, while Natacha becomes the Duke's mistress. She fully intends to kill him, but… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sternberg is a true master."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Sternberg's direction makes this second only to The Docks of New York as the most accomplished of his silent films."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The 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."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"German 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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A fascinating character study of a "great" man who deserves, but doesn't deserve, his bitter end."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Plenty of direction and as much photography. There doesn't appear to be a miss or skip either."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Brilliant silent."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sternberg uses the [acting] contrast to differentiate the sides of the battle, emphasize the class difference and create a dynamic of old Europe and new."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"A true classic of silent film from Sternberg."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The sheer sophistication of Sternberg's visuals makes nearly all current releases look old-fashioned."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One 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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Jannings is a forceful screen presence and his characterization of the general is impressive in its oscillation between power and loss"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"[An] exceptionally styled, shadowy silent drama."
‑ , Film4
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