Nicholas and Alexandra

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Nicholas and Alexandra ★★½ 1971 (PG)

Epic chronicling the final years of Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, and their children. Their lavish royal lifestyle gives way to imprisonment and eventual execution under the new Lenin government. Beautiful, but overlong costume epic that loses steam in the second half. Based on the biography by Robert Massie. 183m/C VHS, DVD . Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Tom Baker, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Harry Andrews, Jack Hawkins, Alexander Knox, Curt Jurgens; D: Franklin J. Schaffner; W: James Goldman; C: Frederick A. (Freddie) Young; M: Richard Rodney Bennett. Oscars ‘71: Art Dir./Set Dec., Costume Des.