Czar Nicholas and Alexandra

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Nicholas and Alexandra
The film Nicholas and Alexandra should be presented in the future to incoming classes of European History II because it shows important events, portrays the life of Russia in a realistic way, and is very entertaining without sacrificing the factor of enriching what a student learns.

Many important events that lead to and are involved in the revolution are displayed accurately throughout the movie. The movie shows Alexis right after he is born, the Duma Bloody Sunday and although Rasputin is not an event, he is accurately presented in the movie. In real life and the movie, Alexis has a disease where his blood cannot clot, in the movie they show how worried everyone was about him getting hurt which was true. That’s where Rasputin comes in. Rasputin was a man who said he could talk to god and cure Alexis and let him live. Because of this, Nicholas and Alexandra start to put all of their trust in Rasputin which distracts Nicholas from work. On January 22, 1905, a march of workers and other citizens followed Father Gapon who came in peace to present a petition to Czar Nicholas II about workers rights. They marched in St. Petersburg to the Czars winter palace, but upon arriving the palace guards started randomly shooting into the crowd and many deaths had occurred. Although the Czar was not at his palace at this time he was blamed for the whole thing. This was a great impact that led to the Bolshevik Revolution and the execution of the Czar and his family. During the Bolshevik Revolution the Duma is also overthrown with Lenin in charge and the socialist party forms. All these events were shown perfectly and helped me to understand what happened.

The main characters are very well portrayed in this movie. Nicholas II was Czar and you can tell it was difficult for him to stay in control of his power and make the right decisions, near the end of the movie he advocates and gives up his throne even for his son Alexis. Alexandra is in love with...
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