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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicholas and Alexandra: A World Apart!, 18 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Nicholas And Alexandra [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
I first saw this film in 1971 on its cinema release in the West End of London and nearly 40 years later I haven't changed my opinion of what a truly wonderful,spectacular film for its time it was, certainly to be considered along with the likes of Zhivago etc. Maybe, historically everything in the film ISN'T hunky-dory but even some of the criticisms made by the editor of "Goofs" on IMDB are mistaken and incorrect in themself!
The brilliant Michael Jayston - still acting today at 79 - plays Nicholas the Second, Csar of Russia married to Alexandria of Germany who produces 4 daughters before finally a heir Alexi who unfortunately suffers from haemophilia.The Csar wants him to lead as "normal" as possible a life but the Csarina wants him wrapped in cotton wool, while the 4 daughters lead lives of nuns within the confines of the Palace.
As I have no wish to spoil the film for ANYONE who has NOT yet seen it I will just say the film covers the lives of the Romanov family at its height,through various points when the Csarina is introduced to Rasputin who takes over her life, the Csars inability to stand-up to her and then his bad decisions to take control of the Army. During all of this, the people of St.Petersburg starve, the Government falls, there is insurrection and a final Bolshevik Revolution.
A tremendous cast includes Harry Andrews, Michael Redgrave, Timothy West, a young Brian Cox and Ian Holm, Jack Hawkins, Michael Bryant, James Hazeldine. The children are represented by Fiona Fullerton, Ania Marston who ceased acting as did Candace Glendenning another of the girls. The final girl was played by Lynne Frederick who married Peter Sellers but died at the young age of 40, of alcohol abuse. Alexi was played by a very pretty Rodric Noble who decided after this NOT to further his acting career?
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