Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

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Czar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.


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13 January 2004 | August1991
Holds up well
Young, I recall first seeing this in a cinema and understanding, even then, that it was intended to be a widescreen, blockbuster, historical costume drama. Filmed history is usually boring unless it's hyped up to be larger than life. Well, 'Nicholas and Alexandra' was hyped at its release (and 'Gladiator' shows that the genre is far from dead).

Years later, I bought 'Nicholas and Alexandra' on VHS in full-screen (TV) format. I was surprised how much I still enjoyed it. True, some of the sets seemed flimsy without CGI. But I remembered the music and appreciated the casting and even the simple portrayal of history. James Goldman's screenplay used Robert Massie's popular history as source material. (Incidentally, James Goldman also wrote 'The Lion in Winter' and was William's brother. What a family! Am I the only one to believe William wrote 'Good Will Hunting'?)

But I must finish with something completely different. My young Russian students found David Lean's 'Doctor Zhivago' silly, unrealistic and obviously not Russian. ('Doctor Zhivago' is not silly. But it's not Russian either.) The same students however never failed to appreciate 'Nicholas and Alexandra' and often asked to borrow my copy to show to friends. Go figure.

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Trivia

There are many historical inaccuracies in this movie, but neither the filmmakers nor Robert K. Massie, upon whose book this title is based, can be held responsible for the inaccuracies in regard to characters and events. When Robert K. Massie initially researched materials for his book, the Soviet government was still in power in Russia, and would only authorize viewing of those "facts" that had been assumed by people, and "approved" by the ruling government to be examined by researchers of the Romanov family. It was not until the Soviet government fell in 1991, that documents that had been secretly put away, and which were hidden from the public could be fully examined and researched.


Quotes

Tsar Nicholas II: Gentlemen, Germany has declared war on Russia. God save Russia!
Nikolasha: God save the Tsar.


Goofs

During the last scene, which involves a wait of at least one minute while a clock in the room is seen to be ticking, the minute hand of the clock does not move a millimetre.


Crazy Credits

"By courtesy of the National Theatre of G.B." is written underneath Tom Baker and Laurence Olivier's names in the end credits. "By courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company" is written underneath Janet Suzman's name.


Alternate Versions

The present DVD issue is slightly longer than the original VHS versions and includes several scenes not featured in the earlier versions e.g. a Russian general committing suicide and more scenes of the royal family in captivity.


Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(uncredited)
Music and Words by
Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle

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Genres

Biography | Drama | History | War

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