Film

The Scarlet Empress

 
 
Thu, Apr 10, 2014
  • 4:30PM
  • 7PM
  • 9:30PM
 
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
 
BAM Rose Cinemas
RUN TIME: 104min
FORMAT: 35mm
GENERAL ADMISSION: $13
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $8 (Movie Moguls free)
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $10 (29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
 
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Josef von Sternberg | 1934

With Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe

"The film tells the story of Catherine the Great as a bizarre visual extravaganza, combining twisted sexuality and bold bawdy humor as if Mel Brooks had collaborated with the Marquis de Sade."
—Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times

Von Sternberg’s deranged vision of 18th-century Russia in The Scarlet Empress was his most crazily over-the-top visual extravaganza. Dietrich goes from being the blushing bride of the half-wit Grand Duke to S&M-freak empress Catherine the Great, while Sternberg revels in the impossibly ornate architectural details of the palace setting—an expressionist riot of gargoyles, flickering candles, and looming shadows.