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The Last Command

June 17 @ 1:15 pm

Playing in the CCA Studio

Presented as part of the first annual Public Domain Day at the Center for Contemporary Arts

June 17: Screening at 1:15pm

US Copyright Law protects creative property for a almost full century, but on January 1, 2024 films from the year 1928 moved into the public domain. CCA celebrates these important pieces of cinematic history all day on Monday June 17th with our first ever Public Domain Day!


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 tsarist 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 it all is the passionate, heartbreaking Jannings, whose portrayal of a man losing his grip on reality is one for the history books.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Writers: Lajos Biro, John F. Goodrich, Ernest Lubitsch
Features: Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Film: Drama, History, Romance

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