Madame DuBarry (1919 film)

Madame DuBarry is a 1919 German silent film on the life of Madame Du Barry. It was directed by Ernst Lubitsch,[2] written by Norbert Falk and Hanns Kräly with the title role taken by Pola Negri and Louis XV played by Emil Jannings. Its alternative title for United States distribution was Passion.

Madame DuBarry
Ad for film, released in the United States as Passion
Directed byErnst Lubitsch
Produced byPaul Davidson
Written byNorbert Falk
Hanns Kräly
Based onMemoirs d'un médicin
by Alexandre Dumas
StarringPola Negri
Emil Jannings
Music byWilliam Axt
Hans Jönsson
David Mendoza
Alexander Schirmann
CinematographyTheodor Sparkuhl
Kurt Waschneck
Edited byElfi Böttrich
Distributed byUFA (Germany)
First National (USA)
Release date
September 18, 1919 (German; premiere)
November 26, 1919 (Denmark)
December 12, 1920 (US; as Passion)
Running time
85 minutes
114 minutes[1]
LanguageSilent film

It was made at the Tempelhof Studios in Berlin. The film's sets were designed by the art director Kurt Richter.


Survival status

The film has been released on DVD.[3] In 2014, it was released on dual format Blu-ray and DVD as part of the Masters of Cinema series.[1]


  1. - Madame DuBarry Blu-ray
  2. Scheunemann, Dietrich (1 January 2006). Expressionist Film: New Perspectives. Camden House. p. xiii. ISBN 978-1-57113-350-2.
  3. Home Video: Madame Du Barry at
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