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The Scarlet Empress [DVD]

The Scarlet Empress [DVD]

Filmmaker-svengali Josef von Sternberg escalates his obsession with screen legend Marlene Dietrich in this lavish depiction of sex and deceit in the 18th-century Russian court. A self-proclaimed "relentless excursion into style," the pair's sixth collaboration follows the exploits of Princess Sophia (Dietrich) as she evolves from trembling innocent to cunning sexual libertine Catherine the Great. With operatic melodrama, flamboyant visuals, and a cast of thousands, this ornate spectacle represents the apex of cinematic pageantry by Hollywood's master of artifice.

Special Features:
The 1996 BBC documentary The World of Josef von Sternberg
Production stills archive
Von Sternberg tribute by underground filmmaker Jack Smith
Liner notes by film historian Robin Wood

Directed by Josef von Sternberg
1934
104 Minutes
Black and White
English with subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
Criterion
ISBN B00005A8TW

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