Lavish historical drama of romance and royalty casts Julia Ormond as the 18th-century German princess hand-picked by Russian Empress Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave) to continue the Imperial bloodline. After her feckless husband (Reece Dinsdale) drives her to the bed of a nobleman (Franco Nero), it will take all her wiles to weather the resulting intrigues. Christopher Plummer, Maximillian Schell, Marthe Keller also star. 186 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.