<i>The Scarlet Empress</i>

Paramount Pictures

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Tue., April 18, 1 p.m. 2017
$4

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LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90036
323-857-6000

Another tantalizing collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich at LACMA: The Scarlet Empress, a Catherine the Great biopic as grand as its subject. What it lacks in historical accuracy, the 1934 production (described by von Sternberg as a "relentless excursion into style") makes up for in eye-catching production design and a sprawling cast. The transition from Princess Sophia Frederica to Empress Catherine is as much a sexual awakening as it is a rise to power, and it's portrayed in one of the last films unaffected by the Hays Code.

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