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Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

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Marie
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Tegleva
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Nagorny
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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 Gailene Va. Holley <gvah@lava.net>

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13 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Nicholas y Alexandra  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints) (UK release)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rex Harrison turned down the role of Count Witte, saying, "Tell him [Sam Spiegel] I do not play bit parts." See more »

Goofs

In the ceremonial departure from Tsarskoe Selo on the way to the Dowager Empress Marie's birthday, when Nicholas and Alexandra stop at the door from the private quarters the court chamberlain is visible on the right side of the screen holding only his staff of office and wearing a plain black frock coat with gold lace. A minute later, as he precedes the imperial couple down the red carpet through the public spaces of the palace, he is carrying what appears to be a hat in his left hand (empty in the previous scene) and is wearing what appears to be the sash of the Order of St. Stanislaus. See more »

Quotes

Trotsky: I'll never understand you. You hate anyone who's not your kind of Bolshevik more than you hate the Tsar.
Martov: No wonder they call you Robespierre. Everyone's got to think like you, or they're out!
Trotsky: He thinks freedom is something you write on a wall, you don't actually practice it.
Vladimir Lenin: That's not true. Of course, I agree you're free to say what you like. And you must agree I'm free to shoot you for saying it.
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Crazy Credits

"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 »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

1.Overture (02:19) 2.Nicholas and Alexandra (01:26) 3.The Royal Children (01:23) 4.The Palace (01:00) 5.Sunshine Days (03:21) 6.Alexandra (01:18) 7.The Romanov Tercentenary (00:52) 8.Lenin in Exile (01:21) 9.The Princessess (02:20) 10.The Breakthrough (02:35) 11.The Declaration of War (02:55) 12.Extracte (02:40) 13.The Journey to the Front (01:02) 14.Military March (02:40) 15.Rasputin's Death (01:28) 16.The People Revolt (01:19) 17.Alexandra Alone (01:11) 18.Farewells (02:30) 19.Dancing in the Snow (01:11) 20.Departure from Tobolsk (01:30) 21.Elegy (01:38) 22.Epilogue (01:50)
Soundtrack written by Richard Rodney Bennett.
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The sadly forgotten epic
5 October 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

"Nicholas and Alexandra" is one of the last of the grand, sweeping epics that dominated the box office in the 50's and 60's. With the new wave of young, reckless directors who took to the scene in the 70's this kind of filmmaking seemed strangely dated. Ironically enough it kind of mimics the fate of the Romanov family, holding on to ideals that can no longer protect them. The genre, which had started with aplomb with movies like "Gone With The Wind" didn't draw the numbers it used to, and after seeing this movie I can't help but think of what a shame that is.

The movie is off to a slow start, and doesn't really grab the viewer until after the introduction of Rasputin. From there on in it's pure cinematic joy to witness the fate of the Tzar and his family unravel.

The actors do a tremendous job. It's obvious that the producers wanted their actors to look as much like their characters as possible, and while this doesn't necessarily strengthen the movie by itself it clearly gives it a stronger feel of authenticity. Furthermore they perfectly embody their flawed characters. The czar, beautifully played by Michael Jayston is a warm, caring man who unfortunately is totally unfit to be a czar. He is out of touch with his people, and feebly clings to his autocratic power. Jayston manages to portray an almost absurd certainty in his divine right, and ability to rule while at the same time exposing his uncertainty and fright. Janet Suzman is equally impressive as the loving, but domineering Alexandra.

The look and feel of the movie is also fantastic. The jaw-dropping visuals of Russia perfectly accommodates the story, and the music is wonderful all the way through. The pace is slow, and it's easy to see why critics who had just witnessed the exhilarating pace of movies like "A Clockwork Orange" or "The French Connection". But this was how these kinds of movies were made, and "Nicholas and Alexandra" does not shame the genre. It's actually a beautiful end to a spectacular genre which is well worth a look for anyone with a soft spot for David Lean-like movies.


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