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Madame Du Barry (Passion) (1919)

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Before he became world-famous for his sophisticated sex farces, Ernst Lubitsch was primarily a director of outsized German "spectaculars." One such was Madame Du Barry, an operatic version of the life, loves and death of the legendary 18th-century French courtesan. Pola Negri plays DuBarry, who sleeps her way to the court of King Louis XV (Emil Jannings), ultimately becoming his mistress. Comes the revolution, and the rabble demands DuBarry's head. This gives Negri plenty of opportunity for strenuous histrionics as she's led to the guillotine. Small wonder that this film was retitled Passion for its American release. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Pola Negri
as Madame du Barry
Emil Jannings
as Louis XV
Fred Immler
as Richelieu
Gustav Czimeg
as Aiguillon
Genevieve Blinn
as Duchess de Gaumont
Willard Louis
as Guillaume DuBarry
Fred Church
as Cosse-Brissac
Charles Clary
as Louis XV
Dorothy Drake
as Henriette
Theda Bara
as Countess DuBarry
Magnus Stifter
as Don Diego
Herschel Mayall
as Jean DuBany
Willy Kaiser-Heyl
as Oberst der Wache
Rosita Marstini
as Mother Savord
Karl Platen
as Guillaume Dubarry
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Critic Reviews for Madame Du Barry (Passion)

All Critics (2)

[Pola Negri] easily surpasses most of our home talent in the gentle art of vamping. The other players, in spite of their enforced anonymity, are uniformly excellent.

October 1, 2021 | Full Review…

Lubitsch's film has the glamour and sweep of a historical drama as well as the intimacy of a romcom. The sets and costumes are gorgeous, the very best that Ufa's ample resources could provide.

March 26, 2020 | Full Review…

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