Nicholas and Alexandra

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Director:
Franklin J. Schaffner
Released:
1971
Rating:
PG

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) chronicles the downfall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia. It begins in 1904, with the birth of the Tsarevich - a son at last for Tsar Nicholas II, but a son discovered to be  suffering from haemophilia. By largely ignoring the gross injustices and inequities of Russian society, Nicholas  inadvertently strengthens the revolutionary cause of the Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, and, by involving Russia in the First World War, he pushes the proletariat into revolution which results in his abdication, imprisonment and death - and the deaths of his wife and children. The film won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design, and was nominated for other awards; however, it was a critical and box-office failure. It was adapted from the best-selling book by Robert K. Massie and was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.

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    • Sam Spiegel first approached George Stevens to direct the film, but they had disagreements over the film and Stevens withdrew. Joseph L. Mankiewicz was approached to write and direct, but declined. Spiegel also sought out two directors who had only recently made their feature film debuts, Anthony Harvey and Charles Jarrott, but both found him too controlling and their discussions came to nothing.

    • This was the last time that Sam Spiegel produced a film for Columbia Pictures; despite the great success of On The Waterfront, The Bridge On The River Kwai, Suddenly Last Summer and Lawrence Of Arabia, the financial failure of this eleven-million-dollar film led to the termination of Spiegel's long association with the company. (It was his third expensive flop in a row, following The Chase and The Night Of The Generals.)

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Politics, 70s, Family Dramas, Classics, Historical