The Scarlet Empress full movie is released on Sep 07, 1934. Watch The Scarlet Empress online - the English Drama movie from United States , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $3,353. The Scarlet Empress is directed by Josef von Sternberg and created by Manuel Komroff with Marlene Dietrich and John Lodge. The Scarlet Empress is available online on FlixFling and FlixFling.

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 bloodline. 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.

As know as:

Intohimojen keisarinna, 恋のページェント, A Imperatriz Galante, Den røde kejserinde, Catherine the Great

Release Date:

Sep 15, 1934

Release Date (Streaming):

May 08, 2001


United States



Stream Service:

Paramount Pictures, Criterion Collection, Film Classics Inc.

Production Companies:

Paramount Pictures

Gross worldwide:



Dietrich More Breath Taking Esquite than ever in the Royal Finery of Catherine the Greatest Lover History ever call a Queen! (original print ad- Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lubbock, Texas - Sept.7, 1934), DIETRICH! woman of fire capturing a court with her charms ...a crown with her Cossacks...! (Print Ad-Greenfield Recorder, ((Greenfield, Mass.)) 17 August 1934), A Multi-ring Circus of Barbaric Beauty and Wild Pagentry! (Print Ad- Rochester Evening Journal, ((Rochester NY)) 5 September 1934), EMPRESS of BEAUTY A woman of fire! (Print Ad- New York Sun,((New York NY)) 13 September 1934), Dietrich....woman of fire.....empress of beauty living the loves of the most romantic woman ever to be called a Queen. (Print Ad- Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, ((Poughkeepsie NY)) 6 October 1934), EMPRESS OF BEAUTY...Dietrich...Woman of Fire! (print ad - Wichita Falls Daily Times - Majestic Theatre - Wichita Falls, Texas - September 21, 1934), The screen's reigning beauty in a pageant of barbaric splendor!(print ad - Wichita Falls Daily Times - Majestic Theatre - Wichita Falls, Texas - September 21, 1934), Galloping with her Cossacks...Seizing an Empire...Ruling with Love!(print ad - Wichita Falls Daily Times - Majestic Theatre - Wichita Falls, Texas - September 21, 1934), The Reigning Beauty of the Screen!


Richard Brody
New Yorker
Josef von Sternberg makes the cruelty the point in his lurid and macabre spectacle about the rise to absolute power of Catherine the Great, of Russia, who's played with an arachnid subtlety by Marlene Dietrich.
by rottentomatoes, Nov 21, 2020
John Gillett
Sight & Sound
Dietrich's sweetly accented delivery makes the most of both good and bad lines.
by rottentomatoes, Mar 17, 2020
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Josef von Sternberg's 1934 film turns the legend of Catherine the Great into a study of sexuality sadistically repressed and reborn as politics, thus anticipating Bertolucci by three decades.
by rottentomatoes, Aug 20, 2014

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