The life of the Russian Empress Ekaterina II (Catherine the Great), a German born princess who came to Russia as bride for the young Peter III, chosen by his aunt Elisabeth, and who, once ... See full summary »
A patient in a modern day mental institution believes that he is the man who assassinated Tsar Alexander in 1881 and Tsar Nicolas II in 1918. He and his doctor soon slip out of reality and ... See full summary »
The Russian title has a double meaning, the word 'venets' meaning both crown and the halo of a saint, and thus implies that the Romanovs were both rulers and martyrs. See more »
During the terrorist bombing sequence, one of the victims on the street can be seen with a pet Chihuahua, but in 1917 Russia, that particular breed of dogs was practically unheard of. See more »
[the night of the execution]
Our enemies abroad spread the gossip that you and your family are liquidated. This is not true. You are alive and in good health. We will now take a picture to be able to refute the gossip. Nicholas Alexandrovitch, please move toward me a little bit. Olga, Tatiana, move a little bit closer to your mother. Maria, a little bit to the right. Doctor a little to the left. Now we can see everyone. According to the order of the Ural Soviet, you Nicholas Alexandrovitch, and ...
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A very impressive piece of film work - great setting, great actors - and of course an inevitable tragic story.
But - alas, there is an alas. The real story of the captivity of the czar family has been - based on numerable historical accounts - much more gruesome and humiliating than showed in this picture.
And finally. I would have surely preferred if the final sequence with the bombastic funeral and canonizing service held by the leading figures of the Russian Orthodox church under their chief, former KGB agent "Drozdov" aka Patriarch Alexij and his equals was spared...
But I suppose that was the price that was to be paid for the support of the "Russian government" and the "Government of Moscow" as stated in the credits.
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