Catherine the Great (2000)
Catherine the Great (2000)
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as The Patriarch
as Countess Bruce
as Mad Monk
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Catherine Zeta-Jones was goood. Not her best. An okay film about Catherine The Great. Still find it funny...Catherine....Catherine....lol.
Historically accurate. Cliche film score. Poor acting and fight choreography. Catherine Zeta-Jones is absolutely beautiful, though. The story of Catherine II is a fascinating one.
Most people who have a picture in their heads at all of Catherine the Great picture her, I think, as an enormous old woman, a woman grown old and fat with excess. A woman with a dozen lovers, all of them decades younger than she, who had her ladies "try out" the men before she herself slept with them. And she was, by the end of her life. Even when she was young, she didn't look like Catherine Zeta-Jones, an exceptionally lovely woman. (And she was a mere 26 when she made this, too.) She did have the wardrobe, though, and the jewels--and, yes, the lovers. History paints a very uneven picture of Catherine the Great, but then, so few people are distinctly good or distinctly bad. She was not so evil as certain people would have you believe--and, for the curious, the story about the horse is [i]completely[/i] unfounded--but she was not so good as, I think, she wanted to be. This film, set in the first few years of her life as Russian royalty, starts to show us some of the reasons she couldn't or didn't revolutionize Russia as much as she seems to have wanted to. She was surrounded by an entrenched system, one that didn't want her on the throne in the first place. She had to maintain balance; after all, she [i]was[/i] a known accomplice, or at least accomplice after the fact, in her own husband's murder, and he was the one with the power. And, of course, there [i]was[/i] a son who could have taken her place. Women monarchs in any time before about Victoria (and Catherine lived and died in the 18th Century) were in fairly precarious positions. That she reigned so long at all is a sign that she wasn't all bad, that she maintained compromise as best she could. This is a beautiful production. The script is weak. The acting is uneven. But [i]Gods[/i], it's beautiful. The costumes are striking, and so are the sets. And, of course, Catherine Zeta-Jones is lovely as always.
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