The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Passed   |    |  Drama, History, Romance


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A German noblewoman enters into a loveless marriage with the dim-witted, unstable heir to the Russian throne, then plots to oust him from power.


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Director:

Josef von Sternberg

Writer:

Manuel Komroff (story- based on the diary of Catherine the Great)

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9 August 2002 | jimi99
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The equine theme running through this bizarre, campy, creepy, cynical, disturbingly beautiful bio-pic is quite significant, given the facts of the life and death of Catherine the Great, culminating in the wildly over-the-top final shot. This movie just drips with European social and sexual decadence, and also with incredibly lavish and languid imagery throughout. Dietrich and von Sternberg seem determined to prove that they could make the transformation of a naive romantic girl into a lascivious power-mad monarch somehow heroic, and also that American audiences would lap it up while denying the depth of the depravity they were embracing. This movie succeeds on every level, especially the subversive one...

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,353

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