The Last Command (1928) DVD9 Criterion Collection
Lev Andreyev (William Powell, She's a Sheik), a Russian immigrant directing in Hollywood, is casting a film about the Bolshevik revolution and needs an extra for the role of a general. While leafing through piles of head shots, his eyes fall on the picture of a man he once knew back in the old country a long time ago (Emil Jannings, Anna Boleyn). Andreyev insists the man be hired for the role, but the motivation for casting him, however, has more to do with old scores than with realistic performances.

The Last Command is based partially on the life of General Lodijensky, a real Russian leader who fled to Hollywood following the rise of the Communists.

From boxed set "3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg".

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:28:32 | 7.18 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Silent, with musical score
Subtitles: English intertitles
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Cast: Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell, Jack Raymond, Nicholas Soussanin, Michael Visaroff
Country: USA

Disc Features:
• New, restored high-definition digital transfer
• Two scores, one by Robert Israel and another by Alloy Orchestra
• New visual essay by film scholar Tag Gallagher

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