Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and Alexandra

DVD - 1999
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Lavish retelling of the final years of the Russian Tsar and Empress. The film begins in 1904 and shows the stark contrast between the opulent life of the nobility and the poverty of the peasants. Over the years Nicholas cannot satify the needs of the people or prevent Russia's entry into World War I, and the Empress falls under the spell of the evil monk, Rasputin. The film ends with the Russian Revolution and the execution of the royal family.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Columbia Pictures Home Video, 1999
ISBN: 9780767827775
Branch Call Number: NIC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (189 min.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Jun 15, 2015

This is a 1971 biographical film directed by by Franklin J. Schaffner.
It is about the last ruling Russian monarch, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra.
In October 1917, Russia falls to the Bolsheviks.
The royal family is transferred to the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg.
Under harsher conditions they are guarded by the cold-blooded Yakov Yurovsky.
In a near-final scene, the family are laughing as they read withheld letters from friends and relatives.
In the early hours of 17 July 1918, the Bolsheviks awaken the Romanov family and Dr. Botkin telling them they must leave.
They wait in the cellar.
Yurovsky and his assistants enter the room and open fire.
The real incident must have taken place as the film shows it.

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garycornell
Jul 29, 2014

"Nicholas and Alexandra" is hands down a Five Star Epic Movie. Director Franklin Schaffner shot the film on location and it is beautiful to behold. One reason is the Cinematography was done by Freddie Young, who worked on other epic movies. What you see on the screen is stunning. Just look a the DVD cover to get an idea of the use of color. The cast is excellent and too large to compliment here. It is safe to say the movie received two Oscars and was up for many more in a very competitive year. KCLS only has 3 copies, but as of today July 29, 2014, only one copy is in the hands of a KCLS patron. There must be more patrons who would love a good true story on the history of Russia. I feel enriched by seeing the movie. It will be one of my Five Star Favorite Classics!
P.S. Thanks to Dimmu16 with only review before mine. Your comment "the film is incredible! is well taken.
p.s. 9/11/15 Just finished watching "Nicholas and Alexandra" for the second time. I still am amazed at the beauty that is captured on the screen. I am glad to now really have a fuller understanding of the Russian Revolution. Films can entertain and educate at the same time. A wonderful second showing experience with a classic movie!

Dimmu16 Jun 03, 2012

This film is incredible! And very well made, following the history and in the acting. Very well done!

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Dimmu16 Jun 03, 2012

Sexual Content: You don't see any sex but there are references.

Dimmu16 Jun 03, 2012

Violence: They shot the family very horrifyingly. Oh and you see why they Call Nicolas, Bloody Nicolas.

Dimmu16 Jun 03, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The murder of the family! And a few other scenes

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Dimmu16 Jun 03, 2012

Dimmu16 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Dimmu16 Jun 03, 2012

You see the life of Nicolas II from the birth of Alexei in 1904 to himself and his family's terrible death July 17th 1918.

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