A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.

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A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.

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[Grand Duke Peter III is ill]
Frederick the Great: Say that prayers are being offered in every church in Prussia.
Prussian Ambassador: With respect, Sire, I don't see that would do much good.
Frederick the Great: If nothing else, it will show her how fast our sources of information are. You're doing good work, Ernst.
Prussian Ambassador: Thank you, sire. I will leave within the hour.
Frederick the Great: Don't drink too much vodka there.
Prussian Ambassador: I'll try.
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Not quite accurate, but even better than reality
17 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this film! Having seen it for the first time as a pre-teen Russophile, I became enamored with the scenery, costumes, and history of imperial Russia. I got to see these things and places for real during college, and it was literally the most thrilling experience! The "empress' own sleigh" is in the Kremlin museum, as is Catherine's coronation gown, and some of Peter III's suits--he was such a tiny little man!

I must admit, however, a great disappointment when I finally, just last week, read Carolly Erikson's well-researched biography of Catherine, and found many inaccuracies in the film. For one, Catherine actually had several children, not just Paul. It does simplify the story, however, to keep him as an only child (like how in Gone With The Wind, Scarlett's children by her first two husbands are completely left out of the film). The most frustrating inaccuracy, however, was that she really did not even meet Orlov til she was nearly 30 years old, and had already had several lovers.

The love story in the film is much more screen-worthy, however, so I can forgive their decision, it was just saddening to me to have my understanding of this amazing woman altered after so many years. The film's portrayal of the struggles of Catherine's early life is true-to-life in its essence, however, as it introduces a modern audience to this bold, brave, and incredibly intelligent historical figure.


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