The Scarlet Empress (Paramount, 1934). Pre-War Bel...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionThe Scarlet Empress (Paramount, 1934). Pre-War Belgian (24" X 33").
Marlene Dietrich reigns supreme as the German Princess Sophia Frederica, who became Catherine the Great after her arranged marriage to the mad Russian Grand Duke Peter, played brilliantly by Sam Jaffe. Delightfully seductive, Catherine, not happy with the restrictions of her aristocratic duties, entertains herself wooing several members of the Russian army, including the dashing John Lodge as Count Alexi. Adding to Catherine's misery is her overbearing mother-in-law Empress Petrovna, played by the imposing Louise Dresser. Director Joseph von Sternberg's elaborate and surreal set designs and lighting make this historical drama a stunning work of art to behold. Likewise, this pre-war Belgian, the first Heritage has ever offered, features a beautiful and regal image of the starlet. Touchup has been applied to the folds, pinholes in the borders, and a tear in Marlene Dietrich's muff. Signs of handling that have not been addressed include mild border tears, small paper lifts, and a few minor bits of paper loss at the edges. Very Fine- on Linen.
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.
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