- The Last Command (film)
imdb_id = 75746
John F. Goodrich
Emil Jannings Evelyn Brent William Powell Jack Raymond
Josef von Sternberg
January 22, 1928
runtime = 85 min
country = USA
language = silent
amg_id = 1:28299
imdb_id = 0019071
"The Last Command" (1928) is a
silent film, written by John F. Goodrichand Herman J. Mankiewicz, from a story by Lajos Biró, and directed by Josef von Sternberg.
The plot concerns a Tsarist Russian officer, Grand Duke Sergeus Alexander (
Emil Jannings), who has just committed revolutionary Leo Andreyev ( William Powell) to prison, while retaining his beautiful partner Natacha as a mistress. She plans to kill him, but comes to realize that he is at heart a man of honor who loves Russia as deeply as she does. While helping him escape the Bolsheviks she is killed, the shock of which gives him a nervous tremor. Many years later we see Sergeus Alexander reduced to near poverty and making a slim living as a Hollywood extra. A director, none other than his old adversary Leo Andreyev, recognizes him and, in an ironic act calculated to humiliate him, casts him as a Russian general in a battle scene. Bullied by the costume department (his uniform and boots are thrown right in his face) he is directed to give a speech to a group of actors playing his soldiers. Slowly losing his grip on reality he imagines himself genuinely on the battlefield and passionately urges them to fight for Russia. Overstraining himself he dies, his last words inquiring if they'd won the battle. Andreyev remarks "He was a great man."
Fritz Feldcan be spotted as a screaming revolutionary who at one point sneers in Jannings' face.
The ARG of the same name [http://last-command.com Last Command] used cast and crew names from both this and the 1955 film to populate its initial "subroutine list." [ [http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=26369] ]
When Sergeus Alexander finds one of his aides trying on his overcoat he instructs his guards, "If this happens again remove the coat and shoot the contents."
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