The Last Command
The Last Command (1928)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1928
DVD 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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brilliant silent.

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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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TV 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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Tony Rayns
Time Out

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

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Lewis Porteous
The Skinny

Though the action moves in a predictable direction, Jannings' anguished breakdown makes for a compelling pay off.

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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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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
Marcus Woolcott
It may be American but Sternberg's German roots shine through.
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.