The tragic story of Nicholas II, the last Czar of Russia, set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. It is an inside look into the private lives of Nicholas and his wife Alexandra, their daughters, their only son and the painful secret about their son and heir apparent which bound the Imperial Couple to the mystical Rasputin, and the eventual execution of the entire family. Written by
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For many years it was believed that Prime Minister David Lloyd George's wartime coalition government would not allow the Romanovs to come to the UK after the first revolution in 1917. However, many years later it was confirmed that it was actually King George V who was against the idea due to the possibility of unrest similar to the previous year's Easter Rising in Ireland. The King forced the government to withdraw its offer of asylum to the Romanovs, in an apparent abuse of his position as a constitutional monarch. See more »
Glinka's opera "Ruslan and Lyudmila" is played at the Kiev Opera House, where Stolypin is assassinated. But historically the correct program is Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Tale of Tsar Saltan." See more »
Tsar Nicholas II:
Nagorny is innocent. He's like a child. You don't shoot children, do you? In your new world, are there penalties for innocence?
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"By courtesy of the National Theatre of G.B." is written underneath Tom Baker and Laurence Olivier's names in the end credits. "By courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company" is written underneath Janet Suzman's name. See more »
It may have something to do with the fact that I was at Princeton at the same time as the screenwriter's hemophiliac son, but everyone seems to be falling over themselves in finding fault with this nearly perfect movie. Tom Baker didn't "fade into obscurity," he became the most famous Doctor Who. The principals are exemplary and totally true to every historic account I've read. One commentator mentions inanely that Nikolaus was a cousin of King George while Alexandra was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Excuse me folks, we all know that. It makes them first cousins, which is one of the reasons the heir to all the Russias had a deadly hereditary disease. (Nikolaus, George V, and Kaiser Wilhelm were all first cousins.) This movie knocks one out with its combination of costume drama and realism. I don't make ten favorites lists but if I did it might be there. An absolute must see, over and over again.
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