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The Patriot
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Written by Hanns Kräly
Julian Johnson
Ashley Dukes (Play)
Starring Emil Jannings
Florence Vidor
Lewis Stone
Neil Hamilton
Music by Max Bergunker
Cinematography Bert Glennon
Editing by Ernst Lubitsch
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 17, 1928 (1928-08-17)
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English sequences
Budget $1 million

The Patriot is a 1928 semi-biographical film that was directed by Ernst Lubitsch and released by Paramount Pictures. The film was written by Julian Johnson and Hanns Kräly. It is an adaptation of several different plays: Paul I by Dmitri Merezhkovsky, Der Patriot by Alfred Neumann, and The Patriot by Ashley Dukes. The movie is a biographical story of Tsar Paul I of Russia, starring Emil Jannings, Florence Vidor and Lewis Stone.




Only pieces of this film are left; there is no complete copy. It is the only Best Picture nominee for which no complete or near-complete copy exists.


It won the Academy Award for Best Writing Achievement and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Lewis Stone), Best Art Direction, Best Director and Best Picture. [1] It was the only silent film nominated for Best Picture that year and the last to ever receive a Best Picture nomination.


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