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Four of the cast members appeared in the BBC mini-series, I, Claudius (1976): Sir Patrick Stewart (Lenin) as Sejanus, Charles Kay (Nicholas II) as Gallus, John Rhys-Davis (Zinoviev) as Macro, and Irene Hamilton (Countess Vezzera) as Plancina. See more »
Tsar Nicholas II:
[Referring to his son, Tsarevich Alexis, who has just left the room]
There goes half my sadness, and a great deal of my joy.
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Back in 1974 my father encouraged me to stay up late and watch this mini series, which initially I hated. As I watched I became engrossed in this real life soap opera, that eventually caused more death through two world wars than any Hollywood fiction could. It is a superb recreation of the period 1880-1917, full of atmosphere and a great history lesson. Nowadays this would be considered a factional series as it is all based on fact but with extensive supposition, however it is all believable. The cast is extensive and full of well known actors in their early years. The subject is large and the BBC did well to make everything understandable using realistic sets, but no grandiose outdoor scenes that would been ineffective. For example, Archduke Ferdinand's assassination is referred to rather than portrayed, as the procession would have been too expensive to do realistically.
I long to rewatch this, so I hope a video or DVD will be reissued, if only for schools to use as a history lesson.
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