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The Scarlet Empress [Criterion Collection] - Josef von Sternberg
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Of the two 1934 film versions of the life of Russia's Catherine the Great, Josef von Sternberg's The Scarlet Empress was the most opulent and exotic. Marlene Dietrich plays the German-born Catherine, who is required to marry Russia's mad Grand Duke Peter (Sam Jaffe, decked out in a Harpo Marx wig). As if her joke of a marriage isn't torment enough, Catherine must endure the excesses of her new mother-in-law, Empress Elizabeth (Louise Dresser). Eventually, Catherine finds solace -- and romance -- in the form of Count Alexei ...

The Scarlet Empress [Criterion Collection] 2001, Paramountf

UPC: 715515011822


The Scarlet Empress 1998, Paramountf

UPC: 096898144834