• United Kingdom
  • 1934
  • 95 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

A quick-witted and compelling dramatization of the troubled marriage of Catherine II (played by German actress Elisabeth Bergner, in her English-language debut) to Peter III (a randy Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) and her subsequent ascension to the throne as Empress of Russia. With its luxurious renderings of the eighteenth-century St. Petersburg royal court and its nearly screwball evocation of Catherine and Peter’s teasing relationship, The Rise of Catherine the Great was a wise and worthy follow-up to Henry VIII.

Cast

CatherineElisabeth Bergner
Grand Duke PeterDouglas Fairbanks Jr.
Empress ElisabethFlora Robson
LecocqGerald du Maurier
Princess Anhalt-ZerbstIrene Vanbrugh
KatushienkaJoan Gardner
Countess VorontzovaDiana Napier

Credits

DirectorPaul Czinner
Story, dialogue, and continuityLajos Biro, Arthur Wimperis and Melchior Lengyel
CinematographyGeorges Périnal
Supervising editorHarold Young
EditingStephen Harrison
Settings designed byVincent Korda
Musical directionMuir Matheson
Costumes John Armstrong

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Film Essays

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By Michael Koresky May 13, 2009

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII: GRAND DESIGNS Alexander Korda’s oeuvre is often characterized as larger-than-life, undoubtedly in part because the figures he was attracted to—kings and queens, . . . Read more »

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