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  1. nematomaranka's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

  2. lesminho's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

  3. mimivulturul's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

  4. bryanvmh's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    My goodness. The face that Marlene serves when walking down a row of soldiers. The eagerness to bring on destruction.

  5. Rocco's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    A glistering, black-hearted historical epic unlike any other, filled with spoofery, satire and camp. It often feels like the actors are drowning in Von Sternberg’s baroque mise en scene and furious montages, but above them all stands Dietrich—a scornful goddess cast in pure marble who takes her rightful place among the carven, suffering saints of the palace in the film's barn-burner of a finale. Sternberg's finest.

  6. Masoud Einabadi's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

  7. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    Dietrich doesn’t become insolent or cheeky, in other words, herself, until halfway into the film. Until then, she is a frightened mouse, which she can’t play convincingly. Still, von Sternberg is a master of light and shadow. Everything looks exquisite. Even Sam Jaffe’s death’s head glows. The line readings have that peculiar rushed, unfelt rhythm typical of von’s films. It’s as if the lines don’t matter.

  8. Jason's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    As a young, inebriated poet careening through the world like a bull in a china shop, my friends often used to call me Catherine. After Catherine the Great. As a heterosexual man I have likewise always felt an uncustomary kinship w/ starlets and divas, often having a tendency to play the roll of holy monster. Revisiting von Sternberg's THE SCARLETT EMPRESS is like turning over in my hand a fossil of my young soul.

  9. Erik F.'s rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

  10. Ghostman's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    The Scarlet Empress is a formidable film, one that is impeccably crafted & slyly subversive. Directed by Josef von Sternberg (the first I've seen by him), a filmmaker known for both being an 'enfant terrible' for his time & an autocratic as a director, it's astonishingly well made & flourishes some of the finest aestheticism of any Hollywood picture of its time (a time which was possibly Hollywood's best). [cont.]

  11. THE APOLL0's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    No idea how they were able to get away with making this back then.

  12. Jdsarmientoburgos's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    Ivan the Terrible lite. Phenomenal production design, would love to rewatch this fully restored.

  13. Aardsy's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

  14. FISCHER's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    Toute la magnificence baroque du style de Joseph von Sternberg, avec en plus l'époustouflante beauté de Marlène Dietrich ! www.cinefiches.com

  15. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    4.5 No one but Sternberg unites "film" and "narrative" as profoundly...

  16. marco's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

  17. Hugo Poderoso's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    The actors are not trying to hide that they live in the 20th century in the USA, the sets are designed for being "too much", there's no attempt to develop a moral message (i.e. a text in the end that says "Catherine II modernized Russia, blah, blah..." would be out of place). And yet, I couldn't say this film can't be taken seriously, or that it lacks balance, since it takes its style to its last consequences.

  18. João Rocha's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    It could be a masterpiece, but the dialogues are kinda poor... The scene when Dietrich gives a bitch face to Elizabeth is pure delight

  19. OldGermanCurrency's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

  20. porquenão's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

  21. Log Lady's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    Oozes decadence, sexuality, and flamboyance. Through all the glistening costumes the actors are bursting with energy and maddening power. The master of shadow and light strikes again, creating a universe that is almost otherworldly. One of those rare movies where I don't care for historical accuracy. I just grab my tiara and enjoy the misty ride to sweet oblivion, where the real world is seen through a gauze.

  22. MarcelVonPure's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

  23. josé neves's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    Cinematography by Bert Glennon.

  24. Michael Goetz's rating of the film The Scarlet Empress

    This film is like eating seven-layer cake for dinner: not something you'd want to do every night, but a sublime treat when you're in the mood to be decadent. It's to the immense credit of the performers (especially Dietrich) that they fight through prop, set, costume and camera to emerge as strong, individualized personalities, reveling in their mastery of an utterly sexualized universe. It's a total blast.

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