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Filmmaker-svengali Josef von Sternberg escalates his obsession with screen legend Marlene Dietrich in this lavish depiction of sex and deceit in the eighteenth-century Russian court. A self-proclaimed “relentless excursion into style,” the pair’s sixth collaboration follows the exploits of Princess Sophia (Dietrich) as she evolves from trembling innocent to cunning sexual libertine Catherine the Great. With operatic melodrama, flamboyant visuals, and a cast of thousands, this ornate spectacle represents the apex of cinematic pageantry by Hollywood’s master of artifice.

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Special Features

Luminous new digital transfer, with restored image and sound
The 20-minute BBC documentary The World of Josef von Sternberg
Production stills and lobby cards
Von Sternberg tribute by underground filmmaker Jack Smith
English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

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