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240 Ratings

The Last Command

Directed by Josef von Sternberg
United States, 1928
Drama, Silent


A decorated, aristocratic Czarist General is reduced to penury after the collapse of Imperial Russia. An old adversary, now a successful director hires the general to re-enact the revolution which deposed him.

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The Last Command Directed by Josef von Sternberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1929 | Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1929 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Story

National Film Preservation Board

2006 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

Emil Jannings gives a tremendous performance as the general, his rich body language evolving over the course of the film to reflect every subtle change in his character’s plight.
February 17, 2017
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It offers a performance by Jannings so intense, versatile, and larger than life that it’s all one needs to get a sense of his wide-ranging, exuberant talents.
February 25, 2013
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