The Scarlett Express at Doc Films

Sunday, May 27 at 7pm • 104m
The Scarlett Empress
Josef von Sternberg, 1934
Sophia Frederica (Dietrich) is forced to marry Peter, Grand Duke of Russia. Enraged upon actually meeting the Duke – and discovering that he’s a half-wit – she takes up with the womanizing Alexei, who is also the Empress’s paramour. Then, she takes up with most of the Russian army. Is it a political move to win their favor? Is she just an unstoppable nymphomaniac? Unclear. Story is mostly subsumed under what Von Sternberg himself called “a relentless excursion into style”, as he crams his set with gargoyles, overdressed Hussars, and Dietrich’s beautiful, Martian face.

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