June 10th, 2003

red panda eating bamboo

Good movie

Watched The Scarlet Empress last night. 1934, directed by Josef Von Sternberg, starring Marlene Dietrich as the woman who would become Catherine the Great. A visual treat - to my eye (untrained in film history) there were similarities with Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast, but Sternberg's visuals were more claustrophobic/grotesque/Expressionist. Dietrich wears fabulous costumes that become more floaty and feathery as the movie goes on. She also gets to cross-dress in a military uniform. (Yum!)

For some twisted reason, however, I kept imagining a remake starring Madonna, Tom Hulce (as the crazy Peter) and Judi Dench (as Empress Elizabeth).