Emil Jannings


Actor
Emil Jannings

About

Also Known As
Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz
Birth Place
Switzerland
Born
July 23, 1884
Died
January 02, 1950

Biography

Imposing silent star who first gained prominence with Max Reinhardt's Berlin theater in the teens. Jannings appeared in several superior early German films, particularly those directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and was outstanding as the humiliated doorman in F.W. Murnau's "The Last Laugh" (1924). He moved to Hollywood in 1926 and won an Academy Award for Josef Von Sternberg's "The Last Command...

Family & Companions

Hanna Ralph
Wife
Actor. First wife.
Lucie Hoflich
Wife
Actor. Second wife.
Aguste Holl
Wife
Actor. Third wife.

Biography

Imposing silent star who first gained prominence with Max Reinhardt's Berlin theater in the teens. Jannings appeared in several superior early German films, particularly those directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and was outstanding as the humiliated doorman in F.W. Murnau's "The Last Laugh" (1924). He moved to Hollywood in 1926 and won an Academy Award for Josef Von Sternberg's "The Last Command" (1928), but after the advent of sound his inadequate English forced a return to Germany. There he turned in his most famous performance, as Professor Rath in Von Sternberg's "The Blue Angel" (1930). In 1938 Jannings accepted Goebbels' invitation to head the Tobis Film Company, which produced Nazi propaganda features such as Veidt Harlan's "Der Herrscher" (1937) and Hans Steinhoff's "Ohm Kruger" (1941). The Allied authorities refused to allow Jannings to work after the war, though a subsequent inquiry into his fascist affiliations cleared him of any serious involvement with the Nazi regime.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Der Zerbrochene Krug (1937)
Der Herrscher (1937)
Traumulus (1936)
Der Alte und der unge Konig (1935)
Der Schwarze Walfisch (1934)
Die Abenteuer des Konigs Pausole (1933)
Liebling der Gotter (1930)
The Blue Angel (1930)
Betrayal (1929)
Poldi Moser
The Street of Sin (1928)
"Basher Bill"
The Patriot (1928)
Czar Paul, the first
Sins of the Fathers (1928)
Wilhelm Spengler
The Last Command (1928)
General Dolgorucki [Grand Duke Sergius Alexander]
The Way of All Flesh (1927)
August Schiller
Faust (1926)
Tartuff (1925)
Variete (1925)
The Last Laugh (1924)
Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (1924)
Tragodie der Liebe (1923)
Love Makes Us Blind (1923)
Alles fur Geld (1923)
Othello (1922)
Peter der Grosse (1922)
The Loves of Pharaoh (1922)
Der Schwur des Peter Hergatz (1921)
Die Ratten (1921)
Danton (1921)
Der Stier von Olivera (1921)
Colombine (1920)
Die Grosse Licht (1920)
Der Schadel der Pharaonentochter (1920)
Anne Boleyn (1920)
Kohlhiesels Tochter (1920)
Madame Du Barry (1919)
Nacht Zwanzig Jahren (1918)
Keimendes Leben 1. Teil (1918)
The Eyes of the Mummy (1918)
Lulu (1917)
Das Geschaft (1917)
Die Ehe der Luise Rohrbach (1917)
Wenn vier dasselbe tun (1917)
Das Fidele Gefangnis (1917)
Der Ring der Giuditta Foscari (1917)
Aus Mangel an Beweisen (1916)
Die Bettlerin von St. Marien (1916)
Nachte des Grauens (1916)
Das Leben ein Traum (1916)
Passionels Tagebuch (1916)
Stein unter Steinen (1916)
Frau Eva (1916)
Unheilbar (1916)
Der Zehnte Pavillon der Zitadelle (1916)
Im Angesicht des Toten (1916)
Im Schutzengraben (1914)

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Der Herrscher (1937)
Production Supervisor

Life Events

1914

Motion picture debut, "Im Shutzengraben"

1917

First collaboration with director, screenwriter Ernst Lubitsch, "Wenn vier deasselbe tun"

1926

Starred in the feature length silent, "Faust"

1927

Signed contract with Paramount Pictures and moved to Hollywood CA

1927

US feature debut, "The Way of All Flesh"

1928

Final collaboration with Ernst Lubitsch, appeared in the silent version of "The Patriot"

1930

Returned to Europe, and made sound debut in Josef Von Sternberg's "The Blue Angel"

1934

Appointed head of State-Theater in Germany

1937

Debut as production supervisor, also acted in, "The Ruler/Der Herrscher"

1938

Appointed by Dr. Goebbels to chair Germany's Tobis Film Company

1941

Named "Artist of the State"

1942

First and only feature as producer, also appeared in, "Die Entlassung"

1943

Final feature appearance, "Altes Herz wird weider jung"

1946

Forbidden to perform in Germany after WWII, but was officially "denazified"

1947

Relocated to Austria and became naturalized citizen

Photo Collections

The Last Command - Emil Jannings Publicity Stills
The Last Command - Emil Jannings Publicity Stills

Videos

Movie Clip

Blue Angel, The (1930) - Professor Rath Director Josef von Sternberg with his crazy clock, leading to students, rightly intimidated by Professor Rath (Emil Jannings), just introduced in The Blue Angel, 1930.
Blue Angel, The (1930) - Feast Your Eyes On Me The first appearance of Marlene Dietrich as "Lola Lola," as Professor Rath (Emil Jannings) seeks her out at the club where she's been corrupting his students, directed by Josef von Sternberg's, at UFA in Berlin, The Blue Angel, 1930.
Faust (1926) - The Gates Of Hell Not fooling around for a moment, an apocalyptic opening with an archangel (Werner Fuetterer), an un-credited devil and Gosta Ekman as the title character, F.W. Murnau directs the German folk-tale, with a new recording of the original score, in Faust, 1926.
Faust (1926) - Thou Hast Summoned Me His city overrun with plague, still desperate to save everyone, the title character (Gosta Ekman) executes instructions delivered to him, it appears, by the devil himself, thereby conjuring Mephisto (Emil Jannings), in F.W. Murnau’s UFA production of Faust, 1926.
Faust (1926) - Faith Alone Shall Vanquish Death Director F.W. Murnau articulates the desperation brought on a medieval city by the devil, who unleashed the plague, for the sole purpose of testing the title character (Gosta Ekman), Lothar Muthel as the freaked out monk, in the 1926 UFA version of the German legend, Faust.
Loves Of Pharaoh, The (1922) - Benevolent, Just And Kind Regular business in the reign of King Amenes (Emil Jannings), peasant women staging a protest are duly ignored, high priest (Friedrich Kuhne) helps the monarch get on with his duties, early in Ernst Lubitsch's The Loves Of Pharaoh, 1922, featuring a new recording of Eduard Kunneke's original score.
Loves Of Pharaoh, The (1922) - You Shall Both Die Ramphis (Harry Liedtke), son of the chief architect, and slave Theonis (Dagny Servaes) get busted trespassing in the treasury building site, causing the king (Emil Jannings) to interrupt his treaty signing with the Ethiopian king (Paul Wegener), in Ernst Lubitsch's The Loves Of Pharaoh 1922.

Companions

Hanna Ralph
Wife
Actor. First wife.
Lucie Hoflich
Wife
Actor. Second wife.
Aguste Holl
Wife
Actor. Third wife.

Bibliography