The Scarlet Empress – Marlene Dietrich as art incarnate
A tour de force of production design by Hans Dreier. Pictured here is an unidentified artisan with a grouping of heavily featured set pieces – the ominous sculptures of “The Scarlet Empress”.
The writer, director, producer, Josef von Sternberg had this to say about filmmaking:
Shadow is mystery and light is clarity. Shadow conceals–light reveals. To know what to reveal and what to conceal and in what degrees to do this is all there is to art.
Note the fellows to the left and right of Marlene Deitrich.