For the one or two of you who care, this is a famous movie made in the 30’s starring Marlene Dietrich as young Catherine the Great brought to Russia to marry, and how she got her start and became Empress. This movie is as obscure as it is famous, I’ve read about it in books on film and seen photos, but still photos don’t do it any justice. Thanks to TCM, I saw it last night and I am speechless. It it AWESOME to look at - everything is SO over the top. I couldn’t look away for a minute. The settings, the huge rooms in the huge palaces, the grotesque sculptures and statues, the COSTUMES!
Here is a link if you want to read about it. www.imagesjournal.com/issue10/reviews/scarletempress/
Being a Russia-themed night, TCM showed “Rasputin and the Empress”, also made in the 30’s starring the Barrymores, and after “The Scarlet Empress”, poor old Ethel Barrymore looked like my grandma in a little mink-tail hat, and the budget for the Russian “palace” looked to be on a level with Plan 9 from Outer Space!