Nicholas And Alexandra

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(out of 5)


If the real Romanovs were this boring it’s no wonder they were all shot.  and  play the famed Czar and Czarina of Russia, the last two monarchs to rule the Imperial nation before the Revolution broke out and changed the history of the world forever. The listless production starts from the birth of the couple’s son Alexei (who came after four daughters) through to the political upheavals brought on by Nicholas’s tyranny and general ignorance of his populace’s living conditions. The last third deals with the outbreak of revolution when the entire Romanov family became prisoners of the Bolsheviks, with the odd scene of Lenin, Stalin or Trotsky shouting to the masses (or each other) helping to place the film in historical context. Mostly, though, the film concerns itself with the goings-on inside the palace of St. Petersburg, where the loving couple talk endlessly to each other about what worries them most (their son’s haemophilia among other things). The cast is uniformly good, and screenwriter James Goldman does his best to give some grit to the story with his very well-written dialogue, but it’s very little more than a boneheaded epic effort by Sam Spiegel to prove he still has what it takes to make another Lawrence Of Arabia. Even the film’s ridiculously generous running time of three hours seems to be intended more as a mark of its ‘prestige’ as opposed to its need to tell a story in so large a span of time (and indeed there isn’t nearly enough story to fill the entire film). Gorgeous to look at, but so are lots of less intolerable films.


United Kingdom, 1971

Directed by 

Screenplay by , additional dialogue by , based on the book by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Awards
Best Art Direction (art direction: John Box, Ernest Archer, Jack Maxsted, Gil Parrondo; set decoration: Vernon Dixon)
Best Costume Design (Yvonne Blake, Antonio Castillo)

Nominations
Best Actress (Janet Suzman as “Alexandra”)
Best Cinematography (Freddie Young)
Best Music (Original Dramatic Score) (Richard Rodney Bennett)
Best Picture (Sam Spiegel, producer)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Tom Baker)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Janet Suzman)


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