'nicholas And Alexandra' Essay

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'Nicholas and Alexandra' is an old-fashioned epic film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and released in 1971, it revolves around Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and the elusive Rasputin (played by Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman and Tom Baker) before and during the events that led to the Russian Revolution. In regards to representation of history, this film portrays many key events that took place during Nicholas's rule; we are shown clearly what took place on 'Bloody Sunday'The films tells the tragic account of Romanov's last thirteen years in power as he struggles to hold and maintain his rule while he neglects his citizens for the sake of his family. He faces many complications from all sides, for example St. Petersburg was riddled with flyers depicting Rasputin and Alexander in the nude that hinted that the Tsar's wife was being deceitful, while simultaneously trying to suppress his opposition and beat the Japanese in their war. The autocratic, weak ruler Tsar Nicholas II and his family hide a terrible secret, and as a result turns to an evil man named Rasputin. Because of secrets, lies, and betrayal Nicholas and his family are destroyed at the dawn of the Bolshevik Revolution.In this film, we see many characters in the movie that were based on real people, indeed because it was based in a true life event and story, most if not all characters were based on real people, they include the Tsar and his wife, Rasputin, Grand Duke Nicholas, Empress Maria Feodorovna, General Alexeiev, Prince Yusupov, and even Stalin. In terms of historical accuracy, this film gives a very insightful and informative look in the private lives of the Royals and their contacts. Tom Baker playing the role of Rasputin was daring, but thankfully it worked, he can hold a hypnotic gaze as good as any 'Mad Monk'...

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