Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
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Nicholas and Alexandra covers the rise and fall of the last of the Russian Romanovs. We first meet Czar Nicholas (Michael Jayston) and his German bride Alexandra (Janet Suzman) at their 1894 wedding. Though Nicholas is devoted to Alexandra, the Russian populace is less politely inclined to having a "foreigner" as their Czarina. Alexandra gains favor when she gives birth to the much-loved Prince Alexis (Roderick Noble). Alas, Alexis suffers from hemophilia, a disease which strikes every second
Dec 13, 1971 Wide
Aug 24, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Sam Spiegel comes up with a rarity: the intimate epic, in telling the fascinating story of the downfall of the Romanovs.
One can be more or less hypnotized by the spectacle of their downfall, but it's difficult to be really moved by it.
The problem with Nicholas and Alexandra is that it considers the Russian Revolution from, in some ways, the least interesting perspective.
When James Goldman's script hits one of its frequent dead spots, Schaffner's camera is there to take up most of the slack with elegantly designed wide-screen compositions.
While it remains a treat for the eyes, Nicholas and Alexandra suffers from the filmmakers' attempts to tell too much.
A lengthy, visually impressive period piece with little in the way of new material or fresh spins on history to distinguish it.
This lavish but a bit stale and overlong epic about the tragic fate of Ruusia's last czar and his wife (well acted by Janet Suzman) was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
Stodgy, but intermittently absorbing.
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