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The Scarlet Empress 12A

Part of Celebrating Marlene Dietrich. USA, 1934, Josef von Sternberg, 104m.

Marlene Dietrich plays the 18th century German noblewoman Sophia Frederica who would later become Catherine the Great. She is taken to Moscow to marry a dim-witted Grand Duke (a man she has never met) who’s the heir to the Russian throne. The marriage is a disaster and Catherine takes many lovers, many of whom are the soldiers guarding the palace. (‘Catherine coolly added the army to her list of conquests.’) . When the unstable Peter eventually ascends to the throne, Catherine plots to oust him from power.

Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe

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