The Fresno State CineCulture program presents “The Scarlet Empress,” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center in the Student Recreation Center. Considered one of Jose von Sternberg’s greatest films, it tells the story of the transformation of Princess Sophia Frederica of Prussia to Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. Fresno State Theater Arts professor Ed EmanuEl will lead the post-screening discussion. INFO: Dr. Mary Husain at or 559.278.5702. See updated original release:  CineCulture