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The Scarlet Empress

Criterion Collection

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4.1 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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Filmmaker-svengali Josef von Sternberg escalates his obsession with screen legend Marlene Dietrich in this lavish depiction of sex and deceit in the 18th-century Russian court. A self-proclaimed "relentless excursion into style," the pair's sixth collaboration follows the exploits of Princess Sophia (Dietrich) as she evolves from trembling innocent to cunning sexual libertine Catherine the Great. With operatic melodrama, flamboyant visuals, and a cast of thousands, this ornate spectacle represents the apex of cinematic pageantry by Hollywood's master of artifice.


Special features

  • The 1996 BBC documentary The World of Josef von Sternberg
  • Production stills archive
  • Von Sternberg tribute by underground filmmaker Jack Smith
  • Liner notes by film historian Robin Wood

Product details

  • Actors: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser, C. Aubrey Smith
  • Directors: Josef von Sternberg
  • Writers: Catherine II, Eleanor McGeary, Manuel Komroff
  • Producers: Josef von Sternberg, Emanuel Cohen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005A8TW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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