The Last Command
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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 uplifted by Josef von Sternberg's first-class filmmaking.
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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