THE LAST COMMAND - Anything But Silent with Theatre Organ Accompaniment by Ben Model
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Anything But Silent with Theatre Organ Accompaniment by Ben Model

Josef von Sternberg’s
THE LAST COMMAND

Tuesday, August 15 at 7:30pm
$11 Members | $16 Public

Emil Jannings won the first best actor Academy Award for his performance in Josef von Sternberg’s classic drama about a former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar who ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary.

Emil Jannings won the first best actor Academy Award for his performance as Grand Duke Sergius Alexander, a former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar who ends up in Hollywood as an impoverished extra in a movie directed by Lev Andreyev (William Powell), a former Russian revolutionary who is now a superstar director in Hollywood. When Andreyev casts the now-penniless Alexander as a Russian general, intending to humiliate him on set, he unwittingly unleashes a whirlwind of memories, passion, and loss. Evelyn Brent co-stars as the sultry Natalie Dabrova, the woman caught between the Bolshevik filmmaker and the Duke. Josef von Sternberg’s The Last Command is both a brilliantly realized drama and a witty sendup of the Hollywood machine, featuring virtuoso cinematography, grandly designed sets and effects, and rousing Russian Revolution sequences. Sternberg weaves his mesmerizing tale into a powerful allegory about celebrity, history and cinema. The Last Command reaches a fever pitch of psychosexual degradation that is carefully balanced by the film’s cruelly sumptuous elegance. Towering above all is the passionate, heartbreaking Jannings, whose portrayal of a man losing his grip on reality is one for the history books. Jannings was so pleased with the result that he recommended Sternberg for the job of directing The Blue Angel(USA, 1928, 88 min., Silent with English intertitles, NR, DCP | Dir. Josef von Sternberg)