Tarakanowa (1938)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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Originally Tarakanowa, Feodor Ozep's Princess Tarakanova resurfaced under a variety of titles following its 1937 European release, including Orloff and Tarakanova and Betrayal. Annie Vernay plays the title character, an ambitious young woman of dubious heritage who aspires to the throne of 18th-century Russian monarch Catherine the Great. Princess Tarakanova is able to muster an army of fervent supporters, and for a while its seems that Catherine will be toppled from her throne. But the princess foregoes power in favor of romance when she falls in love with the dashing Count Orloff (Pierre Richard Wilm). Essentially a romantic drama, Princess Tarakanova ignores the tragic fate of the real-life princess in favor of a storybook ending.

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betrayal, crown, emperor, enemy, espionage, love, prison, romance