One of the best film reviews I’ve ever read, so bewitching.   I must seek out The Scarlet Empress, Dietrich as Catherine the Great give or take some theatrical liberties, not least in the out of control costume department.

‘The movie is so vivid and brutal that it almost blocks out completely the real Catherine, but it would be a gloomy pedant who did not revel in The Scarlet Empress and admit that watching Dietrich dressed in a sort of satellite dish covered in pompoms eying up her strapping troops brings history to life.’

Source: Simon Winder, Germania (London, Picador, 2011), p. 246

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