Sternberg and Sade

‘But [Sade’s] great women, Juliette, Clairwell, the Princess Borghese, Catherine the Great of Russia, Charlotte of Naples, are even more cruel still since, once they have tasted power, once they know how to use their sexuality as an instrument of aggression, they use it to extract vengeance for the humiliations they were forced to endure as the passive objects of the sexual energy of others.’ (Angela Carter, The Sadeian Woman)

Screencap from The Scarlet Empress

The Scarlet Empress (1934)

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