- “Ah, Emmanuelle... I'd like you to meet the greatest actor in the world... Emil Jannings.”
- ―Frederick Zoller
In Inglourious BasterdsEdit
He is seen at the Stolz der Nation premiere.
Behind the scenesEdit
He was played by Hilmar Eichhorn.
Emil Jannings was a German-born star of silent movies. During the 1920's, he starred in several silent classics of German cinema directed by F.W. Murnau, including The Last Laugh and Faust - Eine deutsche Volkssage. In 1927, Jannings moved to Hollywood to star in American movies. In 1928, he became the very first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor (and the first person to ever receive an Academy Award) for his work in The Way of All Flesh and The Last Command. But his Hollywood career ended when talkies came in, as Jannings' thick German accent made him difficult to understand. Jannings returned to Germany, where he co-starred with Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel. During the Third Reich era, Jannings starred in numerous films intended to promote Nazism, including Der Herrscher, Ohm Krüger, and Die Entlassung. Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels named Jannings as "Artist of the State." (In "Inglourious Basterds," Goebbels has Jannings show Zoller the ring given for this award, which Goebbels calls "the highest artistic honor that I give.") After the war, Jannings' film career was ended due to his association with the Nazis. He retired to a farm in Austria, where he died in 1950.