Vintage original 8 x 10 in. US single-weight glossy photograph from the 1920s silent film drama, THE PATRIOT, released in 1928 by Paramount Pictures and directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
The image depicts a shot of Countess Ostermann (Florence Vido) in a passionate embrace with Czar Paul I (Emil Jannings). The stylized border artwork of Emil Jannings is by R. Houy. It is in fine condition.
*"The Patriot is a 1928 semi-biographical film that was directed by Ernst Lubitsch and released by Paramount Pictures. While mainly a silent film, the film did have a synchronized soundtrack as well as some talking sequences. The movie is a biographical story of Emperor Paul I of Russia, starring Emil Jannings, Florence Vidor and Lewis Stone.
The film was written by Hanns Kräly; it is an adaptation of two plays: Paul I by Dmitry Merezhkovsky and The Patriot by Ashley Dukes (based on the novel "Der Patriot" by Alfred Neumann). The Dukes play was performed on Broadway in January 1928. John Gielgud made his Broadway debut in that play.
It [The Patriot] won the Academy Award for Best Writing and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Lewis Stone) and Best Art Direction. It was the last silent film nominated for Best Picture.
Only pieces of this film are left, including trailers. The UCLA Film and Television Archive is in possession of 2500 feet of footage (out of 10,000), and one reel was found in Portugal, but to date no complete copy has been located. It is the only Best Picture Academy Award nominee for which no complete or near-complete copy has been found."
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