US - Vaudeville dancer Marion Dixon is with her German manager von Kneischitz on tour - in Moskau. Her act includes a gun shooting her to the trapeze, the stage director there wants a copy ... See full summary »
Europe, 1709. Russia and Sweden are at war. Two French duelists are exiled by King Louis XIV of France: one to the side of Czar Peter the Great of Russia, the other to the side of King ... See full summary »
Young hobos are brought to a new camp to become good Soviet citizens. This camp works without any guards, and it works well. But crooks kill one of the young people when they try to damage ... See full summary »
Saint Petersburg, 1858. A group of composers known as The Five meet at Balakirev's. Young Modest Mussorgsky, both a civil servant and a musician, has become a fixture there. He tells about ... See full summary »
The 2 part of this excellent film is more tragic. Here we see the plot against tzar Pyotr going on in fill swing. His own son, Aleksey, played admirably well by a somewhat psychotic Aleksey Cherkasov, started a coup against all that his father had done. Aleks hates new Russia, new capitol, new army and new fleet. He dreams of an old, religious Russia with all the weak and infantile rulers. The plot is broken, Aleks is taken to Russia from Italy by a trick and later he is interrogated, tormented and executed by his own Dad's order. Here, we witness a deep and very personal tragedy of tzar Pyotr who managed to change the whole state but failed to change his own son. This episode also depicts the Cossacks' riots in Ukraine, the peasantry unrest and the rise of the tzar's wife, Catherine, to the power. We also see the triumph of Russia over Sweden and the start of the strong Russian fleet. Watch this marvelously done history film and you will never be sorry for that.
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