Had it's "gala" world premiere at the Admiral theatre in Hollywood on 16 May 1938. The theater is now called The Vine Theatre, located at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard and originally opened on 31 July 1931. It was designed by S. Charles Lee. The second feature that played with this one was "Our Fighting Navy", originally called "Torpedoed". See more »
Maurice Tourneur was Jacques (Jack) Tourneur's father.
"Katia" pioneered,so to speak a genre that was to flourish in the second half of the fifties:the mushy maudlin "historical" movie ,the likes of "Sissi" .Danielle Darrieux's Katia with her irresistible smile and her pouty mouth is akin to Romy Schneider's Sissi.The "political" side shows Katia urging tzar Alexandre II to give power (that is to say a Constitution) to the people.Alas he will be slain before ...This is a pleasant movie,with nice settings and Darrieux's spontaneity -her partner is much less talented-
In 1960,there was a remake featuring Curd Jurgens (a much better tzar) and...Romy Schneider who had ditched Empress Sissi .The leftish critics were harsh at the time,calling the remake a politically committed movie,which seems laughable today:the main difference between the two movies is the more prominent part played by the Marxist(?) students in the 1960 work.
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