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Catherine the Great (2005)

Drama documentary reconstructing the life and times of Catherine the Great of Russia.
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Credited cast:
Emily Bruni ... Catherine the Great
Diana Dumbrava ... Empress Elizabeth (as Diana-Florentina Dumbrava)
Dan Chiriac Dan Chiriac ... Peter III (as Danut Chiriac)
Claudiu Bleont Claudiu Bleont ... Grigory Orloff
Emanuel Parvu ... Alexei Orloff
Dan Badarau ... Grigory Potemkin
John Burgess John Burgess ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vlad Coada Vlad Coada ... Leib Guard Soldier
John-Paul Davidson John-Paul Davidson ... Denis Diderot
Geo Dobre Geo Dobre ... Charles Hanbury Williams
Bogdan Dumitrescu Bogdan Dumitrescu ... Ivan VI
Ioana Ginghina Ioana Ginghina ... Ekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova
Ioan Ionescu Ioan Ionescu ... Emelyan Pugachev
John Maldea John Maldea ... Cossack General
Alin Panc Alin Panc ... Aleksandr Nikolayevich Radishchev
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Drama documentary reconstructing the life and times of Catherine the Great of Russia.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

UK | Russia | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Caryca Katarzyna See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Before the credits roll, there is a dedication "In Memory of Phillip Whitehead", referring to Phillip Whitehead, Chairman of Brook Lapping Productions, who died end of 2005. See more »

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Not perfect, but very well done.
1 January 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very beautiful biography of Catherine the Great of Russia. It not only consists of various interviews with smart folks from around the world today but it mostly done through recreations of scenes from the life of Catherine--using gorgeous costumes, sets and location shooting. It's really one of the prettiest biographies I've ever seen. And, it's probably the best film on her available. However, being a retired history teacher, I must point out its two major flaws. First, it picks up when she first travels to Russia as a teenager to marry the future Czar, Peter III. Practically nothing about her early life in Germany is mentioned. It wouldn't have taken that much effort to do so. Also, my know-it-all daughter kept pointing out (and she's right) that too often the film focused on Catherine's 'extra-curricular' activities (i.e., affairs) but omitted so many of the positive contributions to improving her nation--and particularly the new freedoms she'd grant her subjects. While this is indeed true, it does seem that the filmmakers made a deliberate choice to focus on Catherine the woman instead of Catherine the Empress. A logical choice but one that gives a somewhat narrow account of her amazing life.

Exceptionally well made and well wroth seeing.


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