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Paul Czinner And Alexander Korda Direct The Original ''I Want To Be Alone'' Film Based On Lajos Biro's and Melchior Lengyel's Play The Czarina, Starring The Great American Film Hearthrob Douglas Fairbanks Jr., The Great European Stage Actress Elizabeth Bergner And Costarring The Great British Acress Flora Robson! The Rise To Power Of Catherine II, Also Known As Catherine The Great, Russia's Greatest Female Leader, As Told In One Of The First British Films Banned By Nazi Germany For Featuring A Jewish Star, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Black/White, 1934, 1 Hour 35 Minutes.) #TheRiseOfCatherineTheGreat #DouglasFairbanksJr #ElizabethBergner #FloraRobson #PaulCzinner #AlexanderKorda #LajosBiro #MelchiorLengyel's #TheCzarina #CatherineII #CatherineTheGreat #EmpressOfRussia #RussianEmpire #RussianHistory #EnlightenedDespots #TheEnlightenment #RussianEnlightenment #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Paul Czinner, Alexander Korda (Uncredited)
Lajos Biró (Play "The Czarina"), Marjorie Deans, Melchior Lengyel (Play "The Czarina"), Arthur Wimperis
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Grand Duke Peter
Elisabeth Bergner ... Catherine
Flora Robson ... Empress Elisabeth
Gerald du Maurier ... Lecocq
Irene Vanbrugh ... Princess Anhalt-Zerbst
Joan Gardner ... Katushienka
Dorothy Hale ... Countess Olga
Diana Napier ... Countess Vorontzova
Griffith Jones ... Grigory Orlov
Gibb McLaughlin ... Bestujhev (as Gibb MacLaughlin)
Clifford Heatherley ... Ogarev
Laurence Hanray ... Goudovitch
Allan Jeayes ... Col. Karnilov
The Rise of Catherine the Great (also titled Catherine the Great) is a 1934 British historical film based on the play The Czarina by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel, about the rise to power of Catherine the Great. It was directed by Paul Czinner, and stars Elisabeth Bergner as Catherine, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., as Grand Duke Peter, Dorothy Hale as Countess Olga, and Flora Robson as Empress Elizabeth. The movie was banned in Germany because it starred the Jewish actress Elizabeth Bergner. On March 14, 1934 this matter invoked a question by Mr. MANDER in the British Parliament (House of Commons): "Is it to be understood that no British film in which there is a Jewish actor or actress will be permitted to be shown in Germany in future?"; this question provoked Mr. CHARLES WILLIAMS to ask "Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that he will not stir up trouble with Germany because of a film censor?", prompting Colonel WEDGWOOD to remark "Why not?".
Catherine II, known as Catherine The Great of Russia (May 2, 1729 - November 17, 1796) was born Yekaterina Velikaya as the Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst. Catherine was Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796, the country's longest-ruling female leader. She came to power following a coup d'etat when her husband, Peter III, was assassinated. Under her reign, Russia was revitalised; it grew larger and stronger, and was recognised as one of the great powers of Europe. In both her accession to power and in rule of her empire, Catherine often relied on her noble favourites, most notably Grigory Orlov and Grigory Potemkin. Assisted by highly successful generals such as Alexander Suvorov and Pyotr Rumyantsev, and admirals such as Fyodor Ushakov, she governed at a time when the Russian Empire was expanding rapidly by conquest and diplomacy. In the south, the Crimean Khanate was crushed following victories over the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Turkish wars, and Russia colonised the territories of Novorossiya along the coasts of the Black and Azov Seas. In the west, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, ruled by Catherine's former lover, king Stanislaw August Poniatowski, was eventually partitioned, with the Russian Empire gaining the largest share. In the east, Russia started to colonise Alaska, establishing Russian America. Catherine reformed the administration of Russian guberniyas, and many new cities and towns were founded on her orders. An admirer of Peter the Great, Catherine continued to modernise Russia along Western European lines. However, military conscription and the economy continued to depend on serfdom, and the increasing demands of the state and private landowners led to increased levels of reliance on serfs. This was one of the chief reasons behind several rebellions, including the large-scale Pugachev's Rebellion of cossacks and peasants. The period of Catherine the Great's rule, the Catherinian Era, is often considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire and the Russian nobility. The Manifesto on Freedom of the Nobility, issued during the short reign of Peter III and confirmed by Catherine, freed Russian nobles from compulsory military or state service. Construction of many mansions of the nobility, in the classical style endorsed by the Empress, changed the face of the country. She enthusiastically supported the ideals of The Enlightenment, thus earning the status of an enlightened despot. As a patron of the arts she presided over the age of the Russian Enlightenment, a period when the Smolny Institute, the first state-financed higher education institution for women in Europe, was established.