The Last Command
The Last Command (1928)

A Russian nobleman flees the communist revolution only to find himself, poor and unknown, in Hollywood, where he becomes an extra and discovers his old betrayer is now a director. Potentially maudlin melodrama based on a true story is… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 24, 2010
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David Thomson
The New Republic

Sternberg is a true master.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

If 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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Variety Staff

Plenty of direction and as much photography. There doesn't appear to be a miss or skip either.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Sternberg's direction makes this second only to The Docks of New York as the most accomplished of his silent films.

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Fernando F. Croce

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.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

The sheer sophistication of Sternberg's visuals makes nearly all current releases look old-fashioned.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brilliant silent.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

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.

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Walter M.
In "The Last Command," Andreyev(William Powell), a movie director, is preparing to film his magnum opus about the Russian Revolution. In casting the… More
Eric Broome
One of the best lead performances in a silent drama I've seen, plus an undeniably powerful ending. But I prefer my silents a bit more stylized -- Von… More
Byron Brubaker
Tragic story. In a slight way, the story is similar to the film The Last Emperor.