Watch: The Scarlet Empress 1934 123movies, Full Movie Online – Young Princess Sophia of Germany is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, son of the Empress. The domineering Empress hopes to improve the royal blood line. Sophia doesn’t like her husband, but she likes Russia, and is very fond of Russian soldiers. She dutifully produces a son — of questionable fatherhood, but no one seems to mind that. After the old empress dies, Sophia engineers a coup d’etat with the aid of the military, does away with Peter, and becomes Catherine the Great..
Plot: During the 18th century, German noblewoman Sophia Frederica, who would later become Catherine the Great, travels to Moscow to marry the dimwitted Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne. Their arranged marriage proves to be loveless, and Catherine takes many lovers, including the handsome Count Alexei, and bears a son. When the unstable Peter eventually ascends to the throne, Catherine plots to oust him from power.
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royal history brought to life
Apparently European royalty (especially attractive daughters of royal land rich and cash poor families) shuffled about, intermarrying into other lineages in order to maintain power and prestige. Thus Princess Sofia Fredericka of a not so well off German principality, was sent off to Russia in an arranged marriage with the sadistic “idiot son” Peter, (Sam Jaffe) of the aging, iron-willed empress Elizabeth Petrovna (Louise Dresser), in her hope (Elizabeth’s) that their marriage (Fredericka’s and Peter’s) would produce a son to take over the Russian throne, in order, apparently, to keep Peter from power. Imagine how he must have felt? In any event, Josef Von Sternberg made this “fantasia” (Halliwell’s Film Guide, 1995) about that particular point of history, giving it its own life by utilizing just about every inch of available space on the screen to stuff it with courtesans, gargoyles, statues, paintings, horses, etc… and in the midst of it all, the innocent, lovely, smart, witty, scheming, highly seductive Fredericka (annointed Catherine) played by Marlene Dietrich, whose face is photographed (Bert Glennon) behind various veils and other transparent fabrics, as she personally seduces the palace guards and works her way into power, avoiding decapitation by Peter and his host of opportunistic followers.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Drama, History, Romance
Director Josef von Sternberg
Writer Manuel Komroff, Eleanor McGeary
Actors Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe
Country United States
Awards 1 win.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,695.85 m (10 reels) (UK), 2,708 m (Netherlands)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm