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The Scarlet Empress

Posted by martinteller on April 21, 2008

I’m finding it harder to write about movies, a sure sign that I need to take a break for a while. Well, I pretty much liked this one. The production design and camerawork were dynamite, lots of clever visual motifs. And Marlene Dietrich was great… for the second half of the movie. She doesn’t pull off naive and innocent well at all (I think it’s the husky voice that ruins it), but as she gets more and more conniving, the role suits her better. I guess my biggest problem with the film was that I kind of didn’t care much about what was going on. I enjoyed the spectacle and the off-kilter weirdness of it, but I wasn’t invested at all. But as I said, I probably need to take some time off from movies for a bit. Rating: 7


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