A domineering matriarch is less than happy when her son brings home his new bride. She immediately sets to work at sabotaging their marriage as well as the engagement of her younger and ... See full summary »
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.Written by
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Dietrich More Breath Taking Esquite than ever in the Royal Finery of Catherine the Greatest Lover History ever call a Queen! (original print ad- Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lubbock, Texas - Sept.7, 1934) See more »
Marlene Dietrich's and Josef von Sternberg's professional relationship briefly soured during the making of this film. Production delays and von Sternberg's controlling directorial style wore on Dietrich, who had worked almost exclusively with the director since her film debut. The film's poor box office showing exacerbated the discord between the two. When production wrapped, both believed this would be their last project together. However, von Sternberg convinced Dietrich to take the lead in The Devil Is a Woman (1935) the following year. Dietrich would go on to say that was her favorite of all of her films and her admiration for von Sternberg returned. They remained lifelong friends. See more »
Peter's Holstein guard is falsely referred to as Hessian. This may have been deliberate to make use of the bad reputation of Hessian mercenaries in the American Revolutionary War. See more »
One more reason the Golden Age of Hollywood was golden...
Truly one of the greatest films ever made (see the International Film Critics' Top 100 Films list as well). Dietrich was never more luminous, nor cinematography more gorgeous, than in THE SCARLET EMPRESS. It's in black and white, but you'll feel like it's in full and glorious color. History it's not, but who cares? This is the way things should have been.
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