Marlene Dietrich / John Lodge - Scarlett Empress (1934) - Framed Picture - 12" x 16"
The Scarlet Empress is a 1934 American historical drama film made by Paramount Pictures about the life of Catherine the Great. The film stars Marlene Dietrich as Catherine, supported by John Davis Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser, and C. Aubrey Smith. Dietrich's daughter Maria Riva plays Catherine as a child.
It was directed and produced by Josef von Sternberg, loosely based on the diary of Catherine arranged by Manuel Komroff.
Even though substantial historical liberties are taken, the film is viewed positively by modern critics.
The Scarlet Empress is particularly notable for its attentive lighting and the expressionist art design von Sternberg creates for the Russian palace.
The Scarlet Empress was one of the last mainstream Hollywood motion pictures to be released before the Hays Code was strictly enforced, and the film depicts topless women being tortured and burnt at the stake. The Scarlet Empress remains one of Marlene Dietrich's most frank and suggestive films, portraying Russia's future empress Catherine the Great first as a wide eyed innocent, quickly becoming a sexually-hungry dominatrix.
The film is filled with erotic images and motifs.