Heritage House Shows The Scarlet Empress Dec. 10

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Heritage House Arts & Civic Center rounds out the first season of the International Film Series with the sixth of the seven collaborations between actress Marlene Dietrich and director Josef Von Sternberg, the Scarlet Empress. It will be shown Sunday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Admission will be free. 

Review for the Scarlet Empress:

A highly fictionalized biopic of the German-born Russian empress Catherine the Great, the screenplay of the Scarlet Empress is based on the ruler's own diary and relates her story via a bizarre visual extravaganza, combining as it does female sensuality and brave innuendo  -- "as if Mel Brooks had collaborated with the Marquis de Sade," said critic Roger Ebert.  

Considered a film firmly 30 years ahead of its time even now, the film was released in 1934 in a defiant affront to the mores of the time and in such a fashion as to not only turn traditional gender roles on their head, but to capitalize on the public impression of the historical Catherine as well as Dietrich's image as one of Hollywood's sexiest stars.

The result is a film which is what the director, Josef von Sternberg, refers to as "a relentless excursion in style," achieved with the help of stunning cinematography, sumptuous sets, and historically accurate costumes -- making it "the most imaginative film of the sound era prior to Citizen Kane," according to cult film historian Danny Peary. 

 



Bill And Eli Perras Play At Charles And Myrtle's Saturday

Bill and Eli Perras, American Troubadours, will play at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse on Saturday at 8 p.m. The coffeehouse is inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.  Review for Bill and Eli Perras: Imagine George Burns and Gracie Allen as a couple of sweet old hippies, and you have a start on what to expect ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Shane Morrow With Jazzanooga Singers, Willie Kitchens (The Impressions)

Shane Morrow with the Jazzanooga Singers, and Willie Kitchens (The Impressions) at the Miller Park grand opening Friday  (click for more)

Mother Of 15-Year-Old Killed By His Father Said McElrath Had Been Acting "Manic"

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by his father said Michael McElrath had been acting "manic" in the days leading up to the tragic incident in Hixson on Aug. 18. Judge Alex McVeigh bound a charge of criminal homicide against McElrath, a former jail officer, to the Grand Jury. He is charged in the death of Dylan McElrath, who was a sophomore at Hixson High School. ... (click for more)

UT Board Considering Randy Boyd As Interim UT President

Randy Boyd, who was among the Republican finalists for the governor nomination, is being considered as interim president at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Joe DiPietro this week announced that Nov. 21 will be his last day on the job. The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees are to meet next week and consider the Boyd appointment. Mr. Boyd, a UT alumnus, would ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (3)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Who Is This ‘New Voice’?

It’s easy for me to say that I either know, or know about, almost every person running in November for the state legislature. Yet when I describe Lemon Williams as the most exciting of the bunch, that’s because he's the only guy I had never heard of when he picked up his qualifying papers. He just turned out the best political aspirant I have had a conversation with in the last ... (click for more)