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The Scarlet Empress (1934)

The Scarlet Empress
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Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich
Princess Sophia Frederica / Catherine II
John Lodge John Lodge
Count Alexei
Sam Jaffe Sam Jaffe
Grand Duke Peter
Louise Dresser Louise Dresser
Empress Elizabeth Petrovna
C. Aubrey Smith C. Aubrey Smith
Prince August
Gavin Gordon Gavin Gordon
Capt. Gregori Orloff
Olive Tell Olive Tell
Princess Johanna Elizabeth
Ruthelma Stevens Ruthelma Stevens
Countess Elizabeth 'Lizzie'

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4 years, 7 months ago at Apr 20 22:02
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This fast-paced historical drama feels like an origin story for Marlene Dietrich's screen persona. In it, she evolves plausibly from wide-eyed innocent to the self-assured stately presence of her later films. The extravagant costumes, sets, and direction compliment fun broad performances from a brash and flirtatious John Lodge and Sam Jaffe, seething with resentment behind his Cheshire cat grin.
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Young Princess Sophia of Germany is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, son of the Empress. The domineering Empress hopes to improve the royal blood line. Sophia doesn't like her husband, but she likes Russia, and is very fond of Russian soldiers. She dutifully produces a son -- of questionable fatherhood, but no one seems to mind that. After the old empress dies, Sophia engineers a coup d'etat with the aid of the military, does away with Peter, and becomes Catherine the Great.
Release date: 7 September 1934
UPC: 715515011822
Tags: Drama (4), 1930s (3), 1934 (3), Betrayal (3), Royalty (3), Russia (3), Historical (2), Violinist (2), Empress (2), Dynasty (2), Forced Marriage (1), Arrest (1), 18th Century (1), Ambassador (1), Inner Title Card (1), Alms (1), Pearl (1), Pervert (1), Bell (1), Assassination (1)
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