Film Series: The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Explore the eighteenth century through the transformation of the young German Princess Sophia into Catherine the Great.

Art Screening previously on at NGV International in Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 17 October 2015 to Saturday 17 October 2015

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Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 12 October 2015.
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Described by director Josef von Sternberg as “a relentless excursion into style” this film is an extravagant and seductive biopic of the Empress. The screening will begin with a brief introduction by Dr Lorraine Mortimer, who will discuss gender, power, beauty and Catherine the Great’s Russia.

Dr Lorraine Mortimer is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Sydney. Prior to this Mortimer lectured in Cinema Studies as well as Sociology and Anthropology at La Trobe University where she taught courses on gender and sexuality. In addition to this, she is a self-confessed Russophile and has been learning Russian for years.

Speaker Dr Lorraine Mortimer, University of Sydney