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The scarlet empress

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English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2001]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (unpaged : ill. ; 19 cm.)


Not rated.


Follow the exploits of Princess Sophia as she evolves from trembling innocent to cunning sexual libertine Catherine the Great.


Based on the diary of Catherine II, as arranged by Manual Komroff.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1934.

Special features: new digital transfer, with restored image and sound ; the 20-minute documentary "The world of Josef von Sternberg" ; production stills and lobby cards ; Von Sternberg tribute by underground filmmaker Jack Smith.

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