Marlene Dietrich, "The Scarlet Empress" - In the same vein, Dietrich again for her role as a young Catherine the Great in von Sternberg's "The Scarlet Empress" (1934). This is a masterpiece of Sternberg's excess and also Dietrich's power. In the origins of the movie, unlike Mata Hari, she is a rather pristine, almost elegant young maiden sent off on an arranged marriage to a madman. As the movie goes into its extremes (with a surprising Sam Jaffe as the mad emperor), she grows into a true empress, and ultimately destroys him.
Oliver Stone's Five Films About Strong Women
Stone was kind enough to pick five of his favorite examples of strong