Scarlet Empress, The (Black & White (Criterion Collection Region 1) - Von Sternberg, Josef
Releasedatum: 8 mei 2001
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.
Luminous new digital transfer, with restored image and sound/ The 20-minute BBC documentary The World of Josef von Sternberg/ Production stills and lobby cards/ Von Sternberg tribute by underground filmmaker Jack Smith/ English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired/ Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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