Nicholas And Alexandra [DVD] 
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A fascinating look at the last, tragic Russian monarchs; the kindly, indecisive Czar Nicholas and his reclusive, fear-haunted Czarina. The story follows their problems from the onset through the introduction of Rasputin to the Russian Court, to the Czar's abdication and the family's execution at Ekaterinburg on July 16, 1918.
Perhaps the quintessential example of the intimate epic, Nicholas and Alexandra is the compelling story of Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), the last Czar of Russia, and his wife Alexandra (Janet Suzman). Director Franklin J Schaffner frames the intimate lives of the Imperial Couple against the dramatic backdrop of the Russian Revolution, creating the filmic equivalent of a monumental frieze. Private and public lives intersect when Alexandra, who has clearly read Macbeth, influences Nicholas into several misguided actions while coping with her haemophilic newborn son. Schaffner builds suspense wonderfully as he illuminates the couple's mysterious bond to the mystical Rasputin (Tom Baker) and the events leading to their execution. Nominated for Best Picture, the splendidly lensed Nicholas and Alexandra earned two Oscars for its delicious eye candy (Art Direction, Costume Design). --Kevin Mulhall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The story of the doomed reign and downfall of the Romanov dynasty is beautifully acted by Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman with strong support from Tom Baker as Rasputin, Lynne Frederick and Fiona Fullerton will be recogised as two of the Tsar's 4 daughters whilst a host of other great acting talents will be spotted throughout. Presented in a full 2:35:1 Cinemascope ratio you will be captivated for the entire 3 hour running time.
I did find the Region free English Twighlight Time release on ebay for £26. This Spanish release (probably identical) cost just £10 - cheaper than a UK blu ray!Read more ›
The Menshevik/Bolshevik opposition is inevitably given less space and Lenin and Kerensky (the latter surely deserving a film of his own) emerge only sketchily, despite the fine performances of Michael Bryant and John McEnery. There is some truly EXCELLENT dialogue, which is obviously the work of playwright Edward Bond (credited as supplying 'additional dialogue', but his style is so distinctive, it could hardly be anyone else). Listen to Witte's moving lament when the Tsar decides to go to war: heartbreaking and prophetic.
Tom Baker's performance in this film gets a lot of attention: I find it very hard to dissociate him from his Doctor Who role (not his fault, of course) and though he conveys well Rasputin's offbeat charisma, he's less successful at portraying his menacing side. Just my opinion!Read more ›
`Nicholas and Alexandra' came after the sweeping epic of David Lean's Dr Zhivago (1965). It was a time when the giant tales of history were popular at the box office, whether it was Caesar and Cleopatra or Becket and Henry II, but Russian history, more than any other (apart perhaps from Chinese), seems to naturally demand a grand stage for its tales, a stage as metaphorically large as the country itself.
This 180-minute film from 1971 allows for plenty of detail. (There is a three-minute intermission as the troops march off to war in 1914.) Presented in widescreen, and based on the book by Robert Massie, it tells the story of the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia from the time of the birth of their son Alexei in 1904. It ends with their deaths in 1918, the last hour of the film following the Tsar's abdication.
Its historical veracity - at least in outline - is made manifest by only a short list of inaccuracies posted on the Internet Movie Database website. Ultimately it takes no sides: whilst showing Nicholas's humanity, it also makes plain his arrogant disdain for the condition of his people.
The film comes with high production values and is beautifully shot on a grand scale. I was never bored watching this film. Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman are excellent in the main roles and are very natural in their intimacy. There is a fine supporting cast, including Tom Baker as Rasputin.Read more ›
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At last I have this wonderful film on Blu Ray DVD. A magic experience, a BEAUTIFUL film.Published 4 months ago by Terry Mitchell
This Blu-ray is a Spanish (Region B) release so will play on all UK Blu-ray players. Whilst the case is in Spanish language, understandably given it is produced for the Spanish... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shadows Fan
One of the best movies ever made
Great British actors and beautifully shot
This is a very good and lengthy film about the end of the Tzars that gives you a clear idea of how the whole system dramatically unravelled as if almost by accident, but mostly... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tea for Two