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The last command

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Blu-ray special edition.


Silent film, with English intertitles and accompanying musical score.


Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell, Jack Raymond, Nicholas Soussanin, Michael Visaroff, Fritz Feld.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2019]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (88 minutes) : silent, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated.


"Emil Jannings won the first best actor Academy Award for his performance as a sympathetic tyrant: an exiled Russian general turned Hollywood extra who lands a role playing a version of his former tsarist self, bringing about his emotional downfall. Josef von Sternberg's The Last Command is a brilliantly realized silent melodrama and a witty send up of the Hollywood machine, featuring virtuoso cinematography, grandly designed sets and effects, and rousing Russian Revolution sequences. Towering above it all is the passionate, heartbreaking Jannings, whose portrayal of a man losing his grip on reality is one for the history books."--Container.


Originally released as a motion picture in 1928.

Disc originally released as part of the three-disc set 3 silent classics by Josef Von Sternberg.

Special features: High-definition digital restoration ; two scores, one by Robert Israel and another by Alloy Orchestra ; video essay from 2010 by film scholar Tag Gallagher.

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