The Last Moment (1928)

54 mins | Experimental | 15 February 1928

Director:

Paul Fejos

Writer:

Paul Fejos

Cinematographer:

Leon Shamroy

Editor:

Paul Fejos

Production Company:

Zakoro Film Corp.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
11 Mar 1928.
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New York Times
12 Mar 1928
p. 26.
Variety
14 Mar 1928
p. 25.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 February 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Freedman and Edward M. Spitz
Copyright Date:
2 April 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25120
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54
Length(in feet):
5,600
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The first title states that in the last moments of life a person visualizes the highlights of his lifetime. The opening shot shows a man struggling in water. A hand reaches up, indicating that the man is drowning. Then a series of quick shots: double and triple exposures of Pierrot's head, faces of women, flashing headlights, spinning wheels, a shower of stars, an explosion, and a child's book. The picture slows down to summarize the man's life: schooldays, a loving mother, a stern father, a religious confirmation, a birthday party, the circus, an adolescent affair with a circus performer, a quarrel with his father, leaving home, stowing away on a ship, wandering into a tavern in port, reciting for the drinkers, being run over by a car, an operation and recovery in the hospital, becoming an actor, marrying the nurse who took care of him, quarreling, a divorce, the death of his mother, the funeral, an affair with a married woman, a duel with her husband, the war, and his friend dying in his arms. He returns to civilian life, resumes acting, falls in love with his leading lady, marries; she dies. Dressed as Pierrot, he walks home, reaches the pond, looks at his reflection, and wades in until only his hand is visible. Then the hand disappears, and the film ends with a few bubbles rising to the ... +


The first title states that in the last moments of life a person visualizes the highlights of his lifetime. The opening shot shows a man struggling in water. A hand reaches up, indicating that the man is drowning. Then a series of quick shots: double and triple exposures of Pierrot's head, faces of women, flashing headlights, spinning wheels, a shower of stars, an explosion, and a child's book. The picture slows down to summarize the man's life: schooldays, a loving mother, a stern father, a religious confirmation, a birthday party, the circus, an adolescent affair with a circus performer, a quarrel with his father, leaving home, stowing away on a ship, wandering into a tavern in port, reciting for the drinkers, being run over by a car, an operation and recovery in the hospital, becoming an actor, marrying the nurse who took care of him, quarreling, a divorce, the death of his mother, the funeral, an affair with a married woman, a duel with her husband, the war, and his friend dying in his arms. He returns to civilian life, resumes acting, falls in love with his leading lady, marries; she dies. Dressed as Pierrot, he walks home, reaches the pond, looks at his reflection, and wades in until only his hand is visible. Then the hand disappears, and the film ends with a few bubbles rising to the surface. +

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Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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