Passion ( Madame du Barry ) is a German silent film directed by Ernst Lubitsch , released in 1919 . Pola Negri plays the role of heroin.
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Love story between two characters, story of a woman of the people who succeeds thanks to its links with men of power to rise in French revolutionary society. Madame du Barry happens to integrate the court of the King of France and become the favorite of it. The disappointed love, present throughout the film, is the engine of revolutionary action.
- Title: Passion
- Original title: Madame du Barry
- Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
- Scenario: Norbert Falk and Hanns Kräly
- Photography: Theodor Sparkuhl and Kurt Waschneck (assisted by Fritz Arno Wagner )
- Editing: Elfi Böttrich (new version)
- Music: William Axt (1920) (uncredited), David Mendoza (1920) (uncredited), Alexander Schirmann (1920) and Hans Jönsson (1976) (uncredited)
- Artistic direction: Karl Machus and Kurt Richter
- Costumes: Ali Hubert
- Production: Paul Davidson
- Company (s) of production: Projektions-AG “Union”
- Distribution: Universum Film AG (UFA)
- Country of origin: Germany
- Language: German
- Format: Black and White – 35mm – 1.33: 1 – Silent Movie
- Genre : Historical drama
- Duration: 113 minutes
- Release dates: Germany : ; United States : ( New York )
- Pola Negri : Jeanne Vaubernier – Mrs. Du Barry
- Emil Jannings : Louis XV of France
- Harry Liedtke : Armand De Foix
- Eduard von Winterstein : Count Jean Dubarry
- Reinhold Schünzel : Minister Choiseul
- Else Berna : Countess Gramont
- Fred Immler : Richelieu
- Gustav Czimeg : Aiguillon
- Karl Platen : Guillaume Dubarry
- Bernhard Goetzke : Revolutionary
- Magnus Stifter : Don Diego
- Paul Biensfeldt : Lebel
- Willy Kaiser-Heyl : Colonel of the Guard
- Alexander Ekert : Paillet
- Marc Cerisuelo , ” Birth of comedy (at the time of the French Revolution): The Dubarry , Ernest Lubitsch ,” Vertigo , n o 4 “Revolution Screens”, p. 25-29 ( ISSN 0985-1402 ).
- André Combes , ” It was twice the Revolution Mrs Dubarry (E. Lubitsch) and Danton (D. Buchowetzki) ” Germanica , n o 6 ‘The French Revolution in the German imaginary “, p. 103-133 ( read online [ archive ] ).
- Marc Lavastrou , ” The reception of Madame du Barry Ernst Lubitsch film by the French press in the early 1920s ,” Trajectories , n o 1 “Trajectories” ( read online [ archive ] ).
- (en) Richard W. McCormick , ” Sex, History, and Upward Mobility: Ernst Lubitsch’s Lady Dubarry / Passion 1919 ” , German Studies Review , Baltimore , Johns Hopkins University Press , Vol. 33, n o 3,, p. 603-617 ( JSTOR 20787995 ).