• Director

    Josef Von Sternberg

  • With

    Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Louise Dresser, Sam Jaffe

  • USA 1934. 104min

  • Digital

  • Certificate

    12A

Arguably the finest of the Dietrich-Sternberg collaborations, this offers a magnificently ornate, gleefully excessive account of the rise to power of Catherine the Great, from naively innocent princess to murderously ambitious, sexually voracious Empress of Russia. Packed with spectacular sets and costumes, not to mention plentiful visual innuendo, it’s a mischievous masterpiece; the wedding scene, especially, is quite extraordinary.

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