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This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the efforts of Peter in transforming Russia in an "all European" country, importing scientists, costumes, technology and military tactics. Written by
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Maximilian Schell depicts the turbulent events occurring during the shooting of this mini-series in his autobiographical novel "Der Rebell" (written in 1997). Written from the point-of-view of an actor (i.e. Schell) who particularly suffers because of the harassments of his replaced director Kevin Kramsky (a nom de plume for Marvin J. Chomsky) who is therefor killed by the actor at the end of the novel. See more »
One of the great mini-series of all time but not on DVD!!
I keep checking to see if this marvelous production has been transferred to DVD, but so far no luck. Vanessa Redgrave wonderfully portrays Sophie. Maximillian Schell (always good) is equally mesmerizing as Peter the Great. The production as a whole is faithful to Raymond Massie's book (same title) which I read twice many years ago. Having the smaller parts played by the likes of Omar Sharif, Laurence Olivier, and Trevor Howard is a real plus.
Peter's struggles with the Streltsy and the Boyars is faithfully portrayed. There is a pedestal in Red Square where the executions supposedly occurred. Peter the Great single handedly dragged Russia from Asia into Europe. He established the Russian navy and his first ship building effort is housed in a museum outside Moscow. I've seen the ship, but could never verify whether it was the original or a copy.
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