The Last Command

Monday, September 23
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1hr 28mins // directed by:Josef von Sternberg

The Alloy Orchestra returns to the Coolidge with another thrilling live score! The ensemble previously performed at the sold out 2010 screening of The Complete Metropolis, and in 2012, accompanied Alfred Hitchcock's final silent film, Blackmail. In The Last Command, former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar 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 a sympathetic tyrant: an exiled Russian general turned Hollywood extra who lands a role playing a version of his former czarist 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 all is the passionate, heartbreaking Jannings, whose portrayal of a man losing his gri