Toronto Silent Film Festival: Last Command

The Revue & the Toronto Silent Film Festival presents the Oscar winning performance by Emil Jannings in Josef von Sternberg's Last Command 1928. Also starring Evelyn Brent, William Powell

The Last Command is richly woven film tapestry centered on the emotional disintegration of an exiled Tsarist General reduced to playing bit parts in the Hollywood film-making machine. German actor Emil Jannings (Last Laugh, Faust, Varieté ) won the first ever Academy Award for Best Actor for this film.

Synopsis: A former Russian Imperial General flees his revolutionary ravaged country only to wind up a decade later in Hollywood as a lowly extra begging for work. His former revolutionary foe, now a film director, hires him to play a role in a film about the Russian Revolution. The General’s tenuous grasp of reality is broken and his emotional stability collapses in the face of the weight of his own personal history in that conflict.

As part of our celebration of 100 years of Chaplin on film we'll be screening Behind the Screen 1916 starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

An overworked scene shifter dealing with three films simultaneously at a film studio tries to help a fellow get a job. But the fellow is not what he seems! It all ends with a workers strike and a pie throwing finale.

Piano Accompaniment by composer Jordan Klapman

Tickets available online or at the door. $15

Festival runs April 3-8 at various venues throughout the city


Toronto Silent Film Festival: Last Command

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