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Passion (Madame Dubarry)

Emil Jannnigs, Pola Negri in "Passion" (photo © Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinem

In a deal to save her lover Count Dubarry from financial ruin, the Parisian milliner Jeanne Vaubernier (alias Madame Dubarry) becomes the influential wife of the reigning French king, Louis XV. However, much to the dismay of the king?s advisor Choiseul, who had planned for his own sister to marry the king. Choiseul thus starts a campaign to turn the people against the monarch and his new wife, and Jeanne soon becomes a symbol for the extravagance of the much-hated aristocracy. When the king dies, Jeanne is ousted by the angry masses and sent to the stakes.

Ernst Lubitsch was born in 1892 in Berlin and died in 1947 in Hollywood. After studying Acting, he appeared as a comedian in his first film roles. He had his directorial debut with the film Blindekuh in 1914. His first comedy Die Austernprinzessin (1919) was followed closely by Madame Dubarry (1919), which became a big audience success. In 1922, he emigrated to the United States where he became one of the leading directors of Hollywood. Once in Hollywood, he developed his frivolous style known as the \"Lubitsch touch\". In 1933, he became an American citizen and took over production at Paramount. His other films include: I Don\'t Want to Be a Man (Ich moechte kein Mann sein, 1918), Anna Boleyn (1920), Sumurun (1920), The Flame (Die Flamme, 1922), The Marriage Circle (Die Ehe im Kreis (1924), Lady Windermere\'s Fan (1925), Trouble in Paradise (Aerger im Paradies (1932), the Hitler satire To Be or Not to Be (Sein oder Nichtsein, 1942), and many, many more.
Genre History, Drama
Category Feature, Silent
Year of Production 1919
Director Ernst Lubitsch
Screenplay Fred Orbing, Hanns Kraely
Cinematography Theodor Sparkuhl, Fritz Arno Wagner
Alexander Schirmann, Hans Joensson
Kurt Richter, Karl Machus
Cast Pola Negri, Emil Jannings, Reinhold Schuenzel, Harry Liedtke, Eduard von Winterstein, Karl Platen, Paul Biensfeldt, Magnus Stifter
Producer Paul Davidson
Production Company Projektion-AG Union (PAGU)/Berlin
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Intertitled Versions German, English
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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