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The second in a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the film chronicles the married life of the young empress as she tries to adjust to formal and strict life in the palace and an overbearing mother-in-law.
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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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
After Catherine stamps with her foot on the gold locket containing the portrait of Count Alexei, smashing it, she then flings it out of the window. The camera follows it as it falls slowly, glistening in the moonlight, through the branches of the tree outside her window, but it is completely undamaged. See more »
THE SCARLETT EMPRESS is easily one of my favorite movies. I can watch it no matter what mood I'm in. The movie is all about mood. The rambling plot, surreal images, Dietrich's spacy look, Jaffe's whispering, and moments without dialogue all give it the feeling of a dream. There's some bad acting, but I think it contributes because it's WEIRD bad acting.
You don't really watch THE SCARLETT EMPRESS for its plot, but it's about an innocent princess becoming the corrupt Catherine the Great in 18th-century Russia. You also don't watch it for historical accuracy, or for emotionally involving characters. You watch it for its strange mood and for Dietrich. You also might like to know it was made before the Hays Code started censoring Hollywood and definitely could not have been made after.
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