Scarlet Empress Movie Review 1934

Information and Film Reviews for Scarlet Empress the Movie

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One of Von Sternberg's greatest films tells the story of Catherine the Great and her rise to power. Dietrich stars as the beautiful royal wife who outwits her foolish husband Peter (Jaffe) to become empress of Russia. Incredibly rich decor is a visual feast for the eye, as perfectionist von Sternberg fussed over every detail. Dietrich is excellent as Catherine, and von Sternberg's mastery of lighting and camera work makes for a highly extravagant film. Based on the diary of Catherine the Great.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 110 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Russia/USSR, Royalty, Russian, Sanity Check, Director/Star Teams: von Sternberg & Dietrich
Manuel Komroff
Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser, Maria Sieber, C. Aubrey Smith, Ruthelma Stevens, Olive Tell
Bert Glennon
Josef von Sternberg
Josef von Sternberg
Paramount Pictures, MCA Home Video

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