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Nagorny & Alexis
Only the young Alexis, with his devoted & masculine companion Nagorny, possessed the ramrod backbone of willful leadership unlike Nicholas whose enablingly sympathetic relationship with Alexandra was his, Alexis', & Russia's doom. The boy never fooled himself & desired to be the Czar apparent & actual inspite of his hemophilia. But he was robbed of that destiny by parental over protection. Alexis demonstrated his strong presence of mind when he kissed his father in loving respect & forgiveness seconds before the family's mass murder by that same alien mentality which continues killing the innocents lt so despises to this day.
Stunning Sets and Scenery
- Mary Louise
Filming "Nicholas and Alexandra" in Russia in 1971 was impossible, but oddly enough, it presents an amazingly accurate picture both of how the places depicted looked then, and how they look again today. Though shot mostly in Spain and Yugoslavia, "Nicholas and Alexandra" does an amazing job of recreating places in and around St. Petersburg and other parts of Russia. Covering one of Russia's saddest chapters, the last 15 years of the lives of Tsar Nicholas, last Tsar of Russia, and his family members, the film contains historical inaccuracies due to restricted access to information at that time. I watched it for the first time last night and having just returned from Russia, was amazed that so many scenes looked to have been shot in the exact location depicted. The interior scenes of the Hermitage, the Winter Palace, shots of Alexandra looking out from the Hermitage at the frozen river, exterior shots of St. Petersburg, the 1905 Sunday Uprising (January 1905). Exterior scenes that look to have been shot at Catherine Palace in Pushkin near St. Petersburg. A number of scenes appear to have been modeled beautifully and to great effect on photographs of that period, not just of the Romanov family, but also of common Russian people, photos that show what life was like in Russia back then. Flip through "Twilight of the Romanovs," a photo book by Phillip Blom and you'll see what I mean. A scene with Rasputin and 3 peasant girls appears modeled on a photo of peasant girls working at harvest. Scenes of the family relaxing in the Crimea seem to resemble family photos from that time. Russia has seen much upheaval and destruction over the last century. But today, it is on the mend, with many buildings and landmarks being restored to their former glory. "Nicholas and Alexandra" is a beautifully shot movie that will give you an amazing visual glimpse of a piece of Russian history, if not an entirely historically accurate one.
An excellent film that deals with the end of the Tsarist regime in Russia. The acting is outstanding and it is a great version of Robert Massie's bestseller. The movie was so good that I went out and purchased the Massie novel.It is a tragic picture of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, their great love for each other and the hemophilia of their son Alexis which culminates in so many bad decisions that Russia was ripe for revolution.Very tragic and shocking finale
This film based on Robert Massey's incredible account of the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia is spectacular. Historically accurate, the lavish scenes in the Winter Palace and other haunts of the Romanov family add to the rich quality of this movie. Equally remarkable, the actors and actresses who play the major roles in this film actually look like their historical counterparts. Most are well trained and highly talented stage actors but their work in this film is exceptional. This is a tribute to Russian history made at a time when the Soviets would not even hint at what had become of the Romanov family in 1918. It is a love story, an historical account, a suspenseful drama and a tale of our common humanity. Nicholas II, the last Tsar, is portrayed exactly as he was: an incompetent divine right monarch trying to survive in the 20th Century. Deeply in love with his wife (who is of German ancestry) they have four beautiful daughters and one handsome son who suffers from hemophilia which the royal family keep secret from their subjects. Seeking spiritual understanding for her son's fate, Alexandra turns to a mad monk, Rasputin, in order to find some hope for her boy. Historians still struggle to explain how the drunken, lecherous Rasputin was able to halt young Alexis' bleeding episodes and save his life when doctors were helpless. As Russia slides into political chaos and the First World War takes millions of Russian lives, we watch a family fall victim to the violence and terror. We even feel for their plight and their fate (which shocked the world in 1969 when this film first told their story fifty years after the event) would break anyone's heart. Superb acting, historically accurate, lavish settings, brilliantly written--all combine to create a powerful story that altered the course of global history, In short, this is a beautiful film and well worth watching.
Nicholas and Alexandra
- Michael Whitty
An epic film of Russia, in the style of "Dr.Zhivago", "Nicholas and Alexandra" takes in the weakening of the Czar's power as the Russian revolution is about to begin during the World War I years. Mistakes happened around Czar Nicholas Romonov including letting the influence of mad monk Rasputin through the door. The Bolsheviks and Lenin later seized power and Communism entered in all through the weaknesses of Nicholas. Academy Award winner for art direction and costumes this was a sumptuous sight as the days of pageantry were coming to an end in Russia. Franklin J. Schaffner, who won the year before directing "Patton", gives another wide angle look into some history.
- kevin sellers
Well, I can say that I'm officially an old fart, since I found myself actually liking this stodgy, Masterpiece Theatre type history lesson, replete with cameos from scenery chewing Brits, such as Olivier, Redgrave, Jack Hawkins, Irene Worth, Harry Andrews etc. etc. It's the kind of movie where Olivier, his advice to Tzar Nicholas to stay out of WW1 ignored, declaims, "Madness! Madness!" Fortunately, this type of Royal Shakespearen hokum did not extend to the two leads, Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman. If anything they underplayed it (he more than she) and allowed their characters to come forth, both fascinating studies; he a weak ruler who, in an attempt to overcompensate for this flaw, makes one foolish decision after another, and she a fearful neurotic, so terrified for her hemophiliac son that she throws herself into the clutches of the dissipated charlatan, Rasputin. Franklin Schaffner's direction does a good job of not letting the epic elements overwhelm the psychological, although in so doing he sometimes gives short shrift to key events, like the Russian battlefield defeats and the Bolshevik takeover from Kerensky's provisional government. The execution scene, where Nicholas and Alexandra are shown passively waiting for what they think will be a train journey, both pathetically reduced from total power to the status of a typical middle age couple in a stark waiting room is, for me, the most memorable of the entire film. Give it a solid B. P.S. The actor who plays the chief executioner, someone I'd never heard of named Alan Webb, has his picture in the dictionary next to the word "callous."
Nicolas and Alexandria
I like gory movies but this picture stayed with me because of the way the family was slaughtered at the end. I felt so bad for the family. How could that man have done such a thing especially to the children.
Appropriate for content.
- J. Mecca
Not to be misunderstood, the actress was not Rita Hayworth...just a close look alike.
Appropriate for the content of the movie
- John Mecca, M.D.
The female actress in this movie has a very close features, hairdo and expressions of Rita Hayworth...I see it was distributed by Columbia.... Miss Hayworth's studio for many years....good choice for the part.
A Good Movie
- David Atkins
Sam Spiegel operated his Horizon Films from London and what a record he had: River Kwai, The African Queen, Suddenly Last Summer, Lawrence Of Arabia et al. Spiegel who released thru Columbia was a master producer on the style of David Selznick. Mr. Spiegel made his two greatest films: River Kwai and Lawrence with David Lean. The men parted but both were fascinated with Russia. Lean had a worldwide hit with Dr. Zhivago at MGM, Spiegel remained at Columbia and chose Robin Massie's magnificent book Nicholas and Alexandra about the last Czar, his wife German born Empress, and her infatuation with the mad Rasputin. Franklin Schaffner who brilliantly directed 20th's Patton tries valiantly here with at cast of fine English actors who try hard but fail to capture the riveting core of Massie's book: The Czarina's obsession with Rasputin and the Czar's downfall and the rise of communism
- Cathy Klimanskis
The grandure of Royal Russia is amazing. The fate of this beautiful family extremely sad.