EMIL JANNINGS

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Emil Jannings

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Sharp Autograph in black fountain pen on album page, 2" x 5".

Emil Jannings (1884-1950) was a Swiss actor and the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor. Jannings was a theater actor who went into films. He starred in F. W. Murnau's The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann, 1924), as a proud but aged hotel doorman who is demoted to a restroom attendant, and in the 1922 film version of Shakespeare's Othello. Jannings worked with Murnau on two other films, playing the title character in Herr Tartüff (1925) and Mephistopheles in Faust (1926). He eventually started a career in Hollywood. In 1929 he won the Oscar for two films, The Way of All Flesh and The Last Command.

His Hollywood career came to an end with the advent of talkies; his thick German accent difficult to understand, and his dialogue was dubbed by another actor in the part-talkie The Patriot (1928), although after Jannings objected, his voice was restored. He returned to Europe, where he starred opposite Marlene Dietrich in the 1930 film The Blue Angel, filmed in English simultaneously with its German version Der blaue Engel.


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