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Catherine of Russia (1963)

Caterina di Russia (original title)
Caterina finds out that her husband Peter Tzar of Russia, is plotting to kill her. She sets Count Orlov free from prison, Peter's sworn enemy, becomes empress of Russia and leads the ... See full summary »

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Umberto Lenzi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hildegard Knef ... Catherine the Great (as Hildegarde Neff)
Sergio Fantoni ... Orloff
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Count Poniatowski (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Angela Cavo Angela Cavo ... Anna, chambermaid
Ennio Balbo Ennio Balbo ... Count Panin
Leonardo Botta Leonardo Botta ... Saltikoff
Vera Besusso Vera Besusso ... Princess Woronzoff
Gianni Solaro Gianni Solaro ... Captain Schverik
Enzo Fiermonte ... General Munic
Tina Lattanzi Tina Lattanzi ... Czarina Elizabeth
Romano Ghini Romano Ghini ... Alan
Tullio Altamura ... Latouche
Janez Vrhovec Janez Vrhovec ... (as Janez Vhrcovec)
Franco Jamonte Franco Jamonte ... (as Franco Iamonte)
G. Voujaklia G. Voujaklia
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Caterina finds out that her husband Peter Tzar of Russia, is plotting to kill her. She sets Count Orlov free from prison, Peter's sworn enemy, becomes empress of Russia and leads the Cossacks army against him. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Drama | History

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Hildegard Knef as a dummy version of Catherine the Great
24 January 2020 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

The story of Catherine the Great has been tampered with many times in films, and this is one of the most objectionable attempts to bring the story alive as unrealistically as possible. Hildegard Knef is a disaster as Catherine, stale like a doll and totally expressionless, while it's easier for any actor to make something interesting out of the mentally unstable Petter III, her husband, whom she had overturned and killed as a genuine failure of a tzar. Sergio Fantoni is good enough as Orloff although much romanticised, as he always is on the screen. The only other actor of the film making a good performance is Ennio Balbo as count Panin. The colours and costumes are all perfect and overwhelming in actual realistic beauty, while the best part of the film is the music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino. Here Peter III is even allowed to keep his violin as an insurance of his one sympathetic trait. Although Josef von Sternberg's film "The Scarlet Empress" with Marlene Dietrich in the 30s was much more stylized and aestheticised, it was psychologically much more interesting in describing and following Catherine's fascinating development from a spoiled pricess to a responsible empress, after many ordeals on the way. The empress Elizabeth is also given a favourable chapter here like in Sternberg's film, while we shall probably never know the whole truth about these intrigues of the Russian court, as Catherine herself probably from the start was well motivated and eager to keep most of it under censure - all Russian history writing is notorious for falsifications in constant desperate efforts to make history seem better than it was. This is an Italian version and very dashing as such, but the Russian censure of history is still here.


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Country:

Italy | France | Yugoslavia

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 January 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Catherine of Russia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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