Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

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A strong man has no need of power, and a weak man is destroyed by it.

Franklin J Shcaffner directs this drama about the story of Tsar Nicholas 2nd (Michael Jayston) and Tsarina Alexandra (Janet Suzeman) , the last rulers of Imperial Russia, set against the turbulant backdrop of the Russian Revolution. The film also takes a brief insight into the lives of their four daughters (played beautifully by Ania Marson, Lynne Fredrick, Candace Glendenning and Fiona Fullerton) and their son Alexi (played by Roderic Noble).

Based on the book by Robert K Massie, this film is a cinematic genius. I’ve loved this film since I was 14 or 15 and it never fails to disappoint too much. The acting is superb and the costumes and scenery are just as amazing. I especially loved Tom Baker (who was Doctor Who in the 1970s) playing Rasputin as that is exactly as I would imagine him to be portrayed.

However my only fault is that having read the book it was based on I would have expected to see more of the minor characters stories as well and seen their side of the story too.

Alexei, Alexei, mustn’t run and mustn’t play, mustn’t jump and mustn’t climb, must be careful all the time.

My rating: 4.5/5

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