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Passion (1919)

Madame DuBarry (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | December 1920 (USA)
The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Norbert Falk (as Fred Orbing), Hanns Kräly
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pola Negri ... Jeanne Vaubernier - later Madame Dubarry
Emil Jannings ... König Louis XV
Harry Liedtke ... Armand De Foix
Eduard von Winterstein Eduard von Winterstein ... Graf Jean Dubarry
Reinhold Schünzel ... Minister Choiseul
Else Berna Else Berna ... Graefin Gramont
Fred Immler Fred Immler ... Richelieu
Gustav Czimeg Gustav Czimeg ... Aiguillon
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... Guillaume Dubarry
Bernhard Goetzke ... Revolutionär
Magnus Stifter Magnus Stifter ... Don Diego
Paul Biensfeldt Paul Biensfeldt ... Lebel
Willy Kaiser-Heyl Willy Kaiser-Heyl ... Oberst der Wache
Alexander Ekert Alexander Ekert ... Paillet (as Alexander Eckert)
Robert Sortsch-Pla Robert Sortsch-Pla
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The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution.

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Dramatic! Beauty! Splendor! (from 1927 U.S. print ad for "Passion") See more »


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

December 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame DuBarry See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A European Spectacular
12 May 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Both stars - along with director Ernst Lubitsch and cameraman Theodor Sparkuhl - not surprisingly went on to successful careers in Hollywood. But although apparently the first feature film to depict the French Revolution it does takes an awfully long time getting there. When the Bastille is finally stormed DuBarry's fate seems rather abrupt, as it was toned down upon its American release by First National and a hundred years later the full gory details apparently remain largely lost.

Pola Negri in a powdered wig (plus silent screen eye shadow that makes her resemble Theda Bara) makes an appealing Royal mistress, and although as Siegfried Kracauer observed, "the story's contempt for historical facts is matched only by its disregard for their meaning", one is content for the most part to let the richness of the production and Negri's allure work their magic.


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