The Romanovs: An Imperial Family

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The Romanovs:
An Imperial Family
Romanovs-A Crowned Family.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byGleb Panfilov
Produced byVladimir Bychkov
Written byGleb Panfilov
Ivan Panfilov
Inna Churikova
StarringAleksandr Galibin
Lynda Bellingham
Yuliya Novikova
Kseniya Kachalina
Olga Budina
Olga Vasilyeva
Vladimir Grachyov
Aleksandr Filippenko
Music byVadim Bibergan
CinematographyMikhail Agranovich
Editing byEnzo Meniconi
Distributed byStudio Vera (Russia)
Release date(s)July 19, 2000
Running time135 minutes
CountryRussia
LanguageRussian
Budget$ 18 million [1]
 
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The Romanovs:
An Imperial Family
Romanovs-A Crowned Family.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byGleb Panfilov
Produced byVladimir Bychkov
Written byGleb Panfilov
Ivan Panfilov
Inna Churikova
StarringAleksandr Galibin
Lynda Bellingham
Yuliya Novikova
Kseniya Kachalina
Olga Budina
Olga Vasilyeva
Vladimir Grachyov
Aleksandr Filippenko
Music byVadim Bibergan
CinematographyMikhail Agranovich
Editing byEnzo Meniconi
Distributed byStudio Vera (Russia)
Release date(s)July 19, 2000
Running time135 minutes
CountryRussia
LanguageRussian
Budget$ 18 million [1]

The Romanovs: An Imperial Family (Russian: Романовы. Венценосная семья, Romanovy: Ventsenosnaya semya) is a 2000 Russian film about the last days of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The Russian title implies both the Imperial Crown of Russia and the crown of thorns associated with martyrs. The film premiered at the 22nd annual Moscow Film Festival.

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The film begins on the night of February 22, 1917, before the Tsar departs to the war front of Stavka. Russia under Tsar Nicholas II was in the third year of World War I. By 1917, Russia had suffered many losses. Nevertheless, the tsar's authority with the people was high. Petrograd (formerly St. Petersburg) was an exception. Late at night, Nicholas and Alexandra are woken up by their son, Alexei who has a high fever, as well as Olga, the eldest of the five children. The next morning, Nicholas leaves to Stavka, at the war front. Meanwhile in Petrograd, people are starting to revolt. A street is bombed and many are killed. The Russian Revolution has started. Nicholas arrives at Stavka and he is told that his son Alexei, a hemophiliac, will not live to the age of 16. Back in Petrograd, Alexandra is told about the chaos in the city. At the Imperial Train, Nicholas is given documents requesting his abdication. He signs and is no longer Emperor of All the Russias. He had decided to give the throne to his son Alexei, but due to his bad health, he decides to give the throne to his brother Michael, who does not accept it.Russia is left without an emperor.

At the Palace, Alexandra is told that she and her husband are no longer Emperor and Empress and that they are now under house arrest. Alexandra asks M.Gilliard, the French tutor, to tell her son the news. Nicholas, no longer tsar, returns to his family at the Alexander Palace. The next day, Nicholas, Alexandra, the two older Grand Duchesses, and Alexei are introduced to Alexander Kerensky of the Provisional Government. They do not seem to like him. Olga does not seem to like him; Tatiana says that he does not respect the ex-tsar and tsarina because they are private citizens. Alexandra is hurt and Tatiana tells her that she’s getting bald. Olga reassures her mother that it is normal that she and her sisters are losing their hair because they have been sick with measles. Alexandra decides to shave her children’s heads.One night, Alexandra wakes up screaming. She tells Nicholas that she had a dream that Rasputin showed her a vision of the future.

On August 1, 1917, the Imperial Family and four of their loyal servants leave the Palace for the last time. They see Nicholas’s brother Michael Alexandrovich before they leave. They are transferred to Tobolsk, a village in Siberia, to live in the Governor’s Mansion under house arrest. The Grand Duchesses continue their everyday lives. They play the piano while Alexei draws ships. One day, Olga is playing the piano when a guard downstairs is playing another song on the mandolin, his name is Andrei Denisov. Olga starts playing the same song that Denisov is playing. They all start dancing as he keeps playing the mandolin. The Imperial Family and their former servants live a simple life. Their everyday lives consist of cutting wood, snow sledding, and family dinners. One day, Olga and Denisov start to fall in love with each other. There is another change in the Russian Government after another revolution. In November 1917, the Bolsheviks who form the first Soviet Republic overthrow the Provisional Government. The family is photographed and new, more aggressive guards are brought in. Olga Nikolaevna is sick once again and needs a blood transfusion. Denisov gives Olga is the donor as Alexandra cannot do it. Olga recovers and she and Nicholas play the piano together. The new Soviet government decides to transfer the Imperial Family to a new location. Yakovlev, a commissar of the Ural Soviet, visits the Imperial Family in Tobolsk. He talks to Alexei and asks the maid Demidova to check is temperature. Because of Alexei’s bad health, only Nicholas, Alexandra, Maria, and the servants leave to Ekaterinburg in April 1918.Alexei, Olga, Tatiana, Anastasia, and Monsieur Gilliard are left behind. A few weeks later, they are also transferred to the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg. After they are reunited, the commandant, Yurovsky, allows the family to have a church service. The next day, a priest comes to give a mass for the family. In the following days, the kitchen boy, Sednev is let go to be with his uncle.

On the night of July 16, 1918, the Ural Soviet received an order to execute the Imperial Family. While everyone sleeps, Yurovsky and the other guards are planning the execution. Shortly after midnight of July 17, the guards awake Dr. Botkin. He is told that everybody is too come to the cellar for safety, as the White Army is getting closer. The family and their servants are led downstairs into a cellar. The guards bring in two chairs for Alexei and Alexandra, everybody else stands. Yurovsky tells everyone that there are rumors that the family is dead and that they will take a picture to put an end to it. He arranges into position, but then suddenly reads to Nicholas an execution order. Nicholas is shocked, Alexandra and her daughters cross themselves. The guards draw their guns and shoot. Not everyone is dead immediately, so they massacre the survivors individually. As they clear the bodies, the guards discover diamonds hidden in the family’s clothes. The film then switches to the Canonization of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. This is the last scene before the end of the film.

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  1. ^ http://www.screendaily.com/the-romanovs-the-imperial-family/403238.article

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