Ernst Lubitsch and Pola Negri, the star of some of the director’s best German films, were reunited for this sterling comedy inspired by the erotic intrigues of Catherine the Great. Negri plays the Queen with haughty majesty and deductive wit, barely registering the bearded opposition who proclaim, “We don’t want to be ruled by a woman—especially such a woman.” Adolphe Menjou, her worldly chamberlain, saves the day.
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Live Music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
A chamber ensemble that revives the tradition of silent-film orchestras, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra culls historic libraries of music for its live musical accompaniments. Together, musicians Rodney Sauer, Britt Swenson, David Short, Brian Collins, and Dawn Kramer have recorded and toured widely, creating vibrant, emotional, and historically appropriate scores for more than 125 films. Officially formed in 1994 after discovering the music collection of a 1920s-era theater music director, the ensemble combines precision playing with expert selections to bring silent cinema to life.
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