Tag Archives: Emil Jannings
The Blue Angel (1930) Josef von Sternberg, Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Drama, Music
Ohm Krüger / Uncle Kruger (1941) Hans Steinhoff, Karl Anton, Emil Jannings, Lucie Höflich, Werner Hinz, Biography, War
Das fidele Gefängnis / The Merry Jail (1917) Ernst Lubitsch, Harry Liedtke, Emil Jannings, Paul Biensfeldt, Comedy
Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage / Faust: A German Folk Legend (1926) F.W. Murnau, Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
God and Satan war over earth; to settle things, they wager on the soul of Faust, a learned and prayerful alchemist. During a plague, Faust despairs and burns his books after failing to stop death; Satan sends Mephisto to tempt Faust, first with insight into treating the plague and then with a day’s return to youth. Mephisto is clever, timing the end of this 24 hours as Faust embraces the beautiful Duchess of Parma. Faust trades his soul for youth. Some time later, he’s bored, and demands on Easter Sunday that Mephisto take him home. Faust promptly sees and falls in love with the beautiful Gretchen, whose liaison with him brings her dishonor. Is there redemption? Who wins the wager?
Der Herrscher (The Sovereign) was based on Before Sunset, a play by Gerhart Hauptmann. The great Emil Jannings stars as Mathias Clausen, a self-made businessman who is forced to do a great deal of soul-searching when his wife unexpectedly dies. Determining to start life anew, he falls in love with his secretary Inken (Marianne Hoppe) and impulsively takes a vacation to Italy. Clausen’s selfish grown children, not wishing to share their father’s affections – nor his money – with his new wife-to-be, go to court demanding that Clausen be declared mentally incompetent. Upon finding this out, Clausen flies into a rage, leaving the audience to wonder whether or not he really as gone off his trolley.
The Last Command (1928) Josef von Sternberg, Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell, Drama, History, Romance, War
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.