Catherine of Russia / Caterina di Russia (1963)

3.0 out of 5

German born Lost Continent star Hildegard Knef is pretty good as Catherine of Russia but it is Raoul Grassilli, an actor who mostly worked in television, who really steals the show as the bonkers czar. He rocks.

Umberto Lenzi's co-writer Guido Malatesta wrote a number of action films in the 1960s including characters such as Samson, Zorro and Maciste. Catherine of Russia could be considered an action film of sorts but it is mostly a tale of court intrigue.

The major success of the film comes from the fact that the lead characters are ones with whom the viewer is able to sympathise and the costumes and are great too.

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