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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Films and TV shows about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Kalafrana on August 15, 2012, 06:06:26 AM

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 15, 2012, 06:06:26 AM
Small point about the Sipyagin murder. I don't think the sentry would open the package himself. He would summon the duty NCO (probably a Corporal), who would take the visitor into the guardroom and open the package (probably with another soldier present).  You could also include a brief view of sleeping soldiers on bunks in the neighbouring room.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 15, 2012, 07:49:08 AM
Thank you all. I'll have more this weekend. Am nearing the end of what I would consider to be "Part 1". That is the events between the death of Alexander III and just prior to Alexei's birth (1894-1904) with several flashback scenes included of course...

Ann, thanks as always and I'll make that small correction in the second draft. What's the deal with the sleeping soldiers? Are they to be shown as asleep at their post, or was Mariinski Palace some type of makeshift barracks?
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: blessOTMA on August 15, 2012, 10:23:43 AM
Ann, you can" paint"  a scene very vividly with just a few works and details. I could "see" the opening of the package
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 15, 2012, 11:56:02 AM
In the British Army at any rate, a soldier's guard duty lasts 24 hours. In that time he won't be continuously at his sentry post, and in his off spells he is allowed to sleep, so the guardroom has beds, on which soldiers stretch out fully clothed except for boots.

I think the sentries at places like Buckingham Palace are only on for an hour at a time, so they will have several spells on and off over a 24 hour period. In charge of the guard there will be an NCO, normally a Corporal, and from time to time there will be visits from the Orderly Officer, whose job is basically to be available in case there is anything the guardroom staff can't deal with themselves. He should also be present at the initial guard-mounting, visit the cookhouse at mealtimes and inspect the armoury and see that all weapons and ammunition are accounted for at least once during his tour of duty. Normally there will be a Warrant Officer in charge of the armoury who will be there when the armoury is open.

The guardroom may also have cells, so if you want to include a defaulter in your vignette, you can.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 16, 2012, 03:51:46 PM
December, 1901 – Spala, Poland

For the next scene we shift to a tension filled conversation between the Imperial couple who have recently been given official word that Grand Duke Ernest of Hesse and Princess Victoria Melita will be seeking a divorce. We catch up with them during a stay in Spala in the fall of 1901…

Nicholas (angry): I don’t understand it. It’s reprehensible! Royals do not divorce. How could Ernie have allowed things to get so out of hand?
Alexandra (staring into space): I knew they were having problems. Nothing from Ducky of course…but I know when Ernie is hiding his true feelings. His letters are shorter and less frequent, and he fills the space telling us about things other than himself and family. He even omits little Ella.
Nicholas (pacing around the room): Well this is shocking. I could have helped him, but he did not seek my council. Ernie knows he is a brother to me.
Alexandra (looking up): I’m not sure what could have been done. Their marriage has been in a tailspin ever since the stillbirth of that little baby boy. Ducky was clearly unsatisfied and needed more.
Nicholas: But she has a wonderful husband and a beautiful little girl. She’s wealthy and well cared for. What more does a woman need?
Alexandra: Nicky you know as well as I that Ernie was…oh how do I say it…preoccupied with thoughts unsuitable for a man married to a woman.
Nicholas: There is more to happiness than that and no marriage is perfect. Ernie is not the only male member of our family to engage in such behavior.
Alexandra: Yes I know. The Supreme Court of Hesse will have the final say but that won’t stop anything.
Nicholas: There's nothing left to be done. I will write mother now. I’m quite certain that she will be horrified…the loss of someone near is preferable to the public disgrace of divorce.
Alexandra: And I’m going to write Xenia. We need to work through this as a family. Put a stop to any and all nasty gossip for their sakes and ours. They parted as their characters could not possibly get on together…that is enough for the public.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on August 18, 2012, 06:11:01 PM
Princess Catacuzene wrote 3 books on her experiences which should provide alot of first hand material for the last days of the Tsars. Other American women in Russia include the Countess Magdalenia (lilly) Nostis whose first husband was German abd second husband was Maj Gen G.I. Nostis of the Imperial Suit. She was real popular on the "Peter" social scene. The book "The Foe Within" has one of her lovers a Cpt Pavel V Benson of the 5th Hussars (one of Alexandras Regiments) as a swindler and a german spy. Result her husband was retired from his post and she is accussed of also being a German spy. I believe the book "The End of Chivaly" has a daughter of a Russian father and American mother going from a party girl to a medal winning battlefield nurse. Note; its been awhile but in the 1800s relations between the US and Russia were usually fairly good. If relations between between Russia and france and/or England were bad the Russians made strong efforts to maintain good relations with the US. Al least thats what I think I read on the subject. Looking back St Petersburg was such a cosmopolitan place before Lenin and Co seized power.
 As for the actresses that played OTMA in the movie Romanovy they could have done with a number wigs to wear as in real life their hair grew back during the 1917-18 period. Then a few weeks before their murder they cut it short again and judging from the reconstructions of OTA heads they didn't do a very professional job in cutting it. There are pictures of this on this site somewhere. Nicholas also trimmed his beard about this same time. If a mini series on N&A ever gets made the actresses who play OTMA besides having their heads shaved will have to put up with the following: wearing corsets ("I can't breath! get me out of this!"), sleeping on camp bed ("you want me to sleep on this!?"), learning how to sew and knit ("what are these pointy things?") among other things.  On the other hand some will definetly like the clothes and hats as well as quoting what they actually wrote and said in it.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on August 18, 2012, 06:40:41 PM
Scene a group of mid level japanese Army and Navy officers are having an informal meeting relaxing and drinking tea sometime during the period late 1903/early 1904.
Naval officer no1: It looks like there will definatly be a war with Russia. Is the army ready?
Army officer no1: The army is as ready as it will ever be. We also have the Japanese people behind us, well most of them. I am confident with Field Marshall Oyama in Command he will lead our army to victory against the Russians like he did the Chinese.
Naval Officer no1: Field marshall Oyama preformed excellently against the Chinese but he is getting old and the Russians will be a much tougher enemy.
Army Officer no 2:The Field Marshall has General Kodma as chief of Staff
Navy Officer no 2: Is this the man they call "the rivet in the fan', who spent 30 days in his office planning for any contigency in this war, and prides himself in his ruthlessness.
Army Officer no 2: All true without "the rivet" the army would fall apart. It also appears the Russians think our army cannot put as many men into the field as we actually can so they will be in  for a big surprize. How is the navy.
Naval Officer no1: The fleet is ready for war as well. The Russians have 7 battleships to our 6 but we have more cruisers and destroyers. We have fought a larger enemy the Chinese navy before and won and we will do the same against the Russians even though they are a tougher enemy. The problem is Japan does not have the ability to build large warships so if we lose a battleship or armored cruiser we will not be able to replace it.
From "The Tide At Sunrise":
"The Combined Fleet sailed out of Sasebo and thousands of womaen and children carrying lanterns came out in rowboats to bid farewell. The Sasebo Adminestration naval band on board a steamboat cruised in and out between the departing vessels plying "the Warship march" crowds lined the shores to shout parting Banzais"
Note: the japanese Army was trained by the Germans and as in the German Army the chief of staff has as much authority and power as the army commander. So in the Russo-japanese war Oyama and Kodma were like Hindenburg and luddendorf in WW I.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on August 18, 2012, 09:20:33 PM
Early February 1904 at a fashonable salon in St Petersburg a group of officers in dress uniforms with lots of medals and ladies in low cut gowns with lots of jewels are drinking champagne while discussing current events:
Lady no1: The Japanese Ambastor has left. I have heard their is war fever in japan. Do you think they will start a war with us?
Army officer no1 I don't think so but, if there is it will not be necessary for the russian army to fire a single shot.
Army officer no2: As the peasants say we will just throw our caps at those monkies (laughter)
Army officer no3: I don't think it will be that easy manchuria is thousands of versts away and the transiberian railroad is incomplete. Supplying a large army would difficult.
Army officer no1: you sound like a staff officer who thinks too much! No Asian nation has ever defeated a European power in battle. One russian soldier is equal to 3 of those Japanese Monkies and they can't put a very large army into the field.
Lady no1: and what does the navy think?
Naval officer no1: Our pacific Squadron is about the same size as the japanese navy and we havew more ships on the way. We can also send more ships from the Baltic fleet. I have also heard the Japanese navy is poorly trained . So we should have no problem sweeping those monkies from the seas.
Naval officer no2: I am not so sure the Pacific Squadron is split between Port Arthur and Vladivostok. We have no drydocks at Arthur to repair damaged ships and it's not a good harbor anyway. We also don't have that much information on the Japanese anyway.
Officer no1:Another staff who thinks too much! what we need are fighting admirals in command of our navy!
Lady 1: like the grand Admiral Alexi Alexandrovich?
Lady 2: A man known for fast woma and slow ships1 (laughter)
Lady 3: who knows more about boudoirs than battleships1 (more laughter)
Naval officer no2: It would also help if the army had some fighting generals in command of the army and replace the idiot of a martinet Stossel they have in command at Arthur. He is so hated it is said if war comes he will be shot in the back by his own men.
Lady no3: from what I have read japan is fair book sort of place filled with facinating little people who live in paper houses. For them to go to war against a great empire like our would be folly.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on August 18, 2012, 09:44:55 PM
Part 2 at the fashonable salon early feb 1904
Lady1: well we have both Cyril and Boris Vladimorovich with the Pacific Squadron. This should help our navy (laughter). I wonder how they are doing?
Naval officer no2: Having just got back from their I can say Cyril brought a cabaret singer with him so he won't be too lonely. As for boris there are plenty of women for him to choose from.
Lady 1: i guess you are glad to be back.
Naval Officer no 2: definately serving with the Pacific Squadron is like being sent into exile!
Ladies no 1 and 2 go off to one side:
Lady no1: well the empress is pregnent again.
Lady no 2: I hope to god its a boy! The Empire needs a male heir all this stupid German woman gives us is girls!
Lady no 1: I agree, she is such a prude and a bore. Have you seen her up close at public events she looks like she wants to get out of their as soon as possible! I wish the dowager Empress was back in St Petersburg I so loved her balls ect .
Lady no 2: thank heavens for Maria Pavelonva otherwise we would be pored to death.

Note: The Russians routinely reffered to the japanese as monkies during this period in speech and corespondence. This includes Nicholas II who was wounded by a assassin in japan which is probably why he wasn't to well disposed to them.  Also note : many Europeans and Americans were same way at the time.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 18, 2012, 10:29:21 PM
Wow James, talk about stepping up to the plate! Thanks so much for this and what an excellent job you've done on what is a complex topic. I had a loose outline of how I wanted to introduce the war but nothing solid other than the scene I have with Nicholas and ministers talking about the seizing of Korea which helped provoke Japan's aggression.

I like how you even went so far as to show the Japanese masses giving their navy the proper send off...Id like to couple that with the Russia people sending their well wishes and exuding total confidence in their military on the eve of war.

I'm planning on spending some time tomorrow taking notes and I also have a couple more small scenes to post before I bring a close to the domestic events surrounding the family Pre-Alexei's birth (and you even gave me a nice lead in on that to work with!)

More later, thanks again!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 19, 2012, 06:50:57 AM
Couple of nitpicking points (as usual!).

May be useful to mention somewhere that the Japanese modelled their navy on the Royal Navy, which was much the largest and most prestigious in the world at the time (though resting somewhat on its laurels).

For me as a Brit, Alexandra's final sentences in Ed's latest scene sound far to modern and American. 'I'm going to write Xenia' - surely she would say, 'I'm going to write TO Xenia.' And 'We need to work through this as a family sounds like 2012 psychobabble! 'We all need to stick together,' or 'We all need to present a united front,' might be more 1900s.

Finally, was Boris actually with the Pacific Squadron, as distinct from going to the operational zone by other means? I've always seen him as the kind of soldier who campaigned only in St Petersburg!

Ann
 
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on August 20, 2012, 05:43:49 PM
I am really happy you all liked my research this mostly from the book "Tide at Sunrise"
Ann: Boris was there I will have more on him later lets just say he did not distingush himself.
The Russian American battlefield nurse in "The End Of Chivalry" was names Helen Ivanenko
back to N&A:
Scene port Arthur night of 8/9 Feb 1904 Japanese torpedos start exploding against Russian ships. Total confusion among the Russians. On ships Officers,men and women (they were allowed on board for officers) are all running around in all stages of undress. Ashore men come tumbling out of the bars on Pushkin street and out of brothels one of which was called "The American Legation".
 back in St Petersberg Nicholas II is handed a telegram while returning from the theater It reads:
"About midnight Japanese destroyers made a sudden attack on the squadron anchored in the outer harbor of Port Arthur. The battleships Tsarevich, Retvizan,and the crusier Pallada were torpedoed the importance of the damage is being asertained." the stunned Nicholas writes this in his diary when he gets home and adds "This is without a declaration of war. May god come to our aid."
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 20, 2012, 10:26:54 PM
So glad you stepped in to assist James and your timing couldn't have been better. I have three books on loan that I'm taking notes from and it's a bit of a drawn out process since there is so much valuable information. I'll have another small scene to post tomorrow or Wednesday but it's a little bit of a slow period for me. It'd be awesome if you took the lead on the the war and I (or others) can chip in with some notes.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 21, 2012, 03:44:17 AM
Oh yes, I love the idea of everyone running round the ships in various states of undress! And perhaps a lady refusing to budge from her chap's cabin until she has put her hair up and pinned on her hat?

Definitely make use of Boris - being pompous and getting in the way?

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 21, 2012, 07:21:56 AM
Oh yes, I love the idea of everyone running round the ships in various states of undress! And perhaps a lady refusing to budge from her chap's cabin until she has put her hair up and pinned on her hat?

Definitely make use of Boris - being pompous and getting in the way?

Ann

Exactly. It's that sort of detail that I either don't think of or am able to do justice. With me it's more about the straight up dialogue, pacing and merging scenes together. I guess the director would be in charge of many of the additional details though, yes? That and for an historical epic such as this you'd want to have some real experts on the set.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 21, 2012, 11:36:12 PM
October, 1902 - Tsarskoe Selo

We shift our attention to what begins as a casual meeting between Nicholas, Minister Vyacheslav von Plehve and Grand Duke Konstantine Konstantinovich. Then men are talking about affairs of the state and general life in Russia. The mood is light and they discuss over tea and cigarettes...

Nicholas: Plehve I appreciate your candor. Its obvious that there are a great many things needing to be addressed in Moscow. I feel that I dont visit enough, although in these difficult times my energies are usually required elsewhere.
Plehve: Most certainly your majesty.
Nicholas (smiling): And what of our cultural scene here in Russia KR. Everyone knows that there isn't a single Russian alive who knows the arts the way that you do.
KR: Yes well as you know we all have our calling your majesty. I suppose I was better suited a poet than a soldier.
Nicholas: Speaking of which did I hear correct that you've been corresponding with Tolstoy...Id like to know what sort of man he is.
KR: A very complicated one, but certainly brilliant.
Plehve (while sipping his tea): And controversial too.
Nicholas (amused): Yes, a queer fellow Im sure. Did you gentleman know that the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich would not allow his wife Ella to read "Anna Karenina"?
Plehve (smiling): Oh my!
KR (chuckling): Precautionary measure only. But thats Grand Duke Serge for you. I shouldn't dare tell him that the novel is now 25 years old and has been read by most every literate person in Russia and beyond.
Nicholas: Yes I would imagine Serge might take offense to you, or anyone, questioning his judgement.
Plehve: I suppose congratulations are in store Grand Duke Konstantine. I hear your translation of "Hamlet" into Russian is complete.
Nicholas: Hear hear!
KR: Thank you gentlemen. Shakespeare ought to be available to all Russians. Not just the multi-lingual among us.
Nicholas: What does Tolstoy think of your writings?
KR: Surprisingly your majesty he's not a fan of Shakespeare
Plehve: I wasnt aware there was such a person.
KR: Yes indeed, he finds the playwright's works to be tedious bordering on repulsive, and that he's not a true dramatist at all.
Nicholas: Well I don't think ill be asking for his opinions on the affairs of state anytime soon then.

All three men share in a hearty laugh followed by a quiet pause. The mood of the discussion is about to change...

KR: Your majesty I hate put a damper on such a lovely conversation but there is something rather unsettling that I must mention.
Nicholas: Go on.
KR: You'll be hearing the official report from others shortly...but it seems the Grand Duke Pavel is convinced to marry the commoner he's been seeing for quite some time.
Nicholas: The divorcee?
Plehve: Yes your majesty her name is Olga Pistohlkors. They are to be married in Livorno in Italy.
Nicholas (pausing, then getting up to pace agitatedly around the room): This is an absolute outrage. Who does the Grand Duke think he is?
KR: Yes your majesty.
Nicholas: Dammit I spoke with Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich just recently and he assured me no such thing would take place!
Plehve: Pavel had given the Grand Duke his word your majesty but he went back on it.
Nicholas (pausing and staring out a window): Thank you Plehve...I dont mean to be rude but could you excuse myself and the Grand Duke for a moment?
Plehve: Of course your majesty
Nicholas: Also, the Dowager Empress is just down the hallway. She's visiting with the Empress and our children. Please inform the sentry outside that I must speak with my mother and to summon her here.
Plehve: Most certainly. Thank you your majesty.

Plehve leaves and we cut quickly to a few minutes later. Mother Marie Feoderovna has entered the room and stands across the desk of her incredulous looking son. KR stands behind her a few feet away. Nicholas's growing embarrassment by the behavior of his relatives and their significant others is boiling over into anger...

Marie: Seems that there has been a rash of ill behavior recently in the House of Romanov.
Nicholas: What do they think of me? Am I joke to them KR? Explain to me how such behavior could have ever been permitted while my father was still alive?
KR: Your majesty there is great respect for you among all members of your family and at the court...
Marie (interrupting): Nicky this is not a personal attack. This is a generation of spoilt and ill behaved men doing what they please, and what they would have done under any Emperor.
Nicholas: Well it's unacceptable. The closer the relative who refuses to submit to our family rules, the more severe his punishment should be. Dont you agree Mama?
Marie: I do. But what is it that you have in mind for Pavel and this wife of his?
Nicholas: The moment their marriage becomes official is the moment I will act. The statutes of the imperial family say that morganatic marriages are forbidden and that no marriage contracted without permission is considered real.
Marie: It has been over a decade since the death of the Princess Alexandra. Still I can hear her rolling in her grave...but Nicky there are the children to think about as well.
KR: Your majesties if I may...should you be looking to punish the couple with an act of exile I have in mind two willing foster parents.
Marie: Who do you speak of?
KR: Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and the Grand Duchess Elisabeth your majesty.
Marie (surprised): You've spoken with them?
KR: Well not exactly about this but in my conversations with Serge its clear that he longs for children. And under the given circumstances Im quite certain that they would both be willing to act in the service and need of their family.
Nicholas: So be it. Alexandra and I will discuss the situation with Serge and Ella in private.
Marie: You have made up your mind then about a suitable punishment for Paul?
Nicholas: They must be taught a lesson and made example of. Otherwise what guarantee is there that Kirill won't do the same thing tomorrow, or that Boris or Sergei Mikhailovich wont do it a day after that? A whole colony of the imperial family will be living in Paris with their semi-legal or illegal wives.
Marie: Dmitri Pavlovich and Maria Pavlovna will no doubt be heartbroken over the departure of their father.
Nicholas: They are old enough to understand and I'll see to it that they do realize and learn from such behavior.
KR: Yes your majesties they will be upset at first like any children would...but they will also be placed in good hands.

Scene fades out...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on August 22, 2012, 01:05:09 AM
Another great scene.  In fact, I remember reading about this conversation in Greg King's book, The Court Of The Last Tsar.

However, I have to put on my Nitpicker's hat again and direct your attention to the line below:

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Nicholas: Plehve I appreciate your candor. Its obvious that there are a great many things needing to be addressed in Moscow

You got the wrong city.  St. Petersburg was the capital then (Moscow became the capital when Lenin moved it there in 1918).
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 22, 2012, 01:22:48 AM
My nit-picking hat goes on as well.

I think Plehve would address KR as your Imperial Highness, and Nicholas would call him Kostia, not KR, though he might use Konstantin Konstantinovich in the presence of a commoner.

But I did like all this.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 22, 2012, 04:34:10 AM
Another nitpicking point. I don't think Nicholas would use a sentry to communicate with his mother. I imagine he would be able to ring for an ADC to come to his study, and he would then say something like, ', Ah, Ivan Ivanovich, could you ask Her Imperial Majesty the Dowager Empress if she could spare me a few moments.'

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Stardust on August 22, 2012, 11:10:11 AM
Great story. I'm excited about what's coming next.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: blessOTMA on August 22, 2012, 07:30:05 PM
Terrific writing dubs and Ann I would call your comments " enrichment"  rather than nitpicking. You never subtract without adding

I can see  Sergei saying the children have practically  been brought up by himself and Ella since thier mother's death already
Lol I can see  Sergei  demanding them! lol 
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 22, 2012, 11:48:04 PM
Much appreciated gang! I'll try to respond to each comment quickly...

Tim) Yes actually that was intentional when I said 'Moscow'. I thought I would change things up a bit since talking about St. Petersburg while in St. Petersburg sounds less interesting. Plehve was Minister of the Interior so his purview would include all of Russia even if his primary residency, and death, were in St. Petersburg. He did graduate from the University of Moscow as well.

Also, funny you mention "Court of the Last Tsar" which I have never read. There has been quite a lot of reading recently and it has been difficult to keep track of all the references and linked sources online. There are so many great books out there but obviously there is a lot of overlap between many of them.

Kalafrana) "Kostia" eh? Interesting...I didn't think of this. Let me ask you however...given the situation in which they were discussing things would Nicholas have been more likely to dispose of formalities when considering Plehve would more or less being taking in here as a friend/advisor. It started off as a very casual conversation...mostly lighthearted between puffs of cigarettes and sips of tea. Was there ever a time Nicholas did away with formalities? I ask this in part because I certainly thought about it too. Part of the reason why I had Nicholas ask Plehve to exit the room and summon the Dowager Empress was because the heated conversation, about family, seemed like a private affair.

I like your edit on the Sentry-ADC discrepancy. My use of "sentry" is just sort of a random "guy in the hallway doing something he is told" kind of person, But yes I ought to be more specific since this is the second time you've had to correct me on that topic.

Stardust) Thanks for your encouragement!

BlessOTMA) Yes "enrichment" indeed. I never looked at this thing as my project by something created by the AP group. Obviously I'm the one taking the lead here but I think that's the case with many projects. You just need a consistent motivator and others will do their part! I'm happy to accept any and all constructive criticism...the more the merrier :-)

Also I have to look more into Serge's enthusiasm with regards to Dmitri and Maria the Younger. Don't know much of that background or why Ella was more reluctant than he. I would have assumed the opposite. Given Sergei's homosexuality I would have thought she longed for children that has wasn't apt to produce.

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 23, 2012, 03:24:35 AM
For future reference, you should think of sentries as being on guard duty outside the palace, and penetrating no further than the guardroom. I would assume that the interior of the palace was strictly officer territory. ADCs would frequently eat with the family, particularly with Nicholas, and could be summoned from the ADCs' room (think comfortable den with newspapers and magazines, plus samovar) by ringing a bell.

Hope that helps

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 23, 2012, 04:34:32 AM
On a related point, I think we need to think in terms of degrees of formality. I would guess that Nicholas was only completely informal with members of his family, and when there was no one else there.

Years ago, when I was in the University Officer Training Corps, one of the first things we were taught was not to use first names on duty. It was 'Mr X' or 'Miss Y', especially in front of other ranks. So I'm assuming that even in informal discussions with non-family members, Nicholas would do something similar.

Also remember that use of given name alone is much more intimate in Russian than in English. Nice example in the last few days from the obituary of a gentleman who for many years acted as a Foreign Office interpreter between British and Russian politicians. When Kosygin visited Britain in the 1960s he was apparently not at all pleased when the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson tried calling him Alexei!

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: blessOTMA on August 23, 2012, 09:12:43 AM
 I have to say I think Sergei would be thrilled to have  guardianship of Paul's children. He would not let that chance go by. He loved them from the start, even brought  Dimitry to back to life just after his birth! Then he went on to treat them like Ella, and all things he loved,  be in total  control of  all aspects of thier life. I'm not sure Ella even wanted children...even if she did, her input would not be asked for in the case of Paul's. All Sergei required from her was simple and complete obedience. Not a situation to inspire warm emotions. And as  Marie the younger tells us , there were none...until she was older and tellingly, after Sergei 's assassination and his dominance was removed. Ella was  angry with Paul over the marriage. It could have been  because his  children  then came fully  into her life...lord knows  And  if Ella  did want children, but Sergei  could not  do his part, it would be hard to see him then lavish loving attention on someone else's children.  So any number of things could influence the situation. 
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 23, 2012, 12:19:29 PM
Yeah it all sounds rather complicated. Not something I will likely be getting into with much depth considering how much else there is to cover...but certainly interesting. Thanks BlessOTMA!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Rodney_G. on August 23, 2012, 04:27:46 PM
I thought I would unpick the nit re "great many things needing to be addressed in Moscow." I thought the reference to Moscow was fine there,  since , beyond edubs' reasons, the subjects of Tolstoy and GD Serge Alexandrovich were soon to come up, and they both had some connection to Moscow, most especially Serge of course.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 27, 2012, 03:25:16 PM
OK, quite a long scene here as it is in several different parts. Will probably be quite a bit of editing needed so please feel free to chime in...

November, 1903 - Skierniewice, Poland

Tragedy strikes again. Next scene begins with Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig shown with his lovely daughter the Princess Elisabeth of Hesse riding in carriage from the train station heading towards the Imperial hunting lodge in Skierniewice. They are shown arriving and greeted warmly by Nicholas and Alexandra. 'Uncle Ernie' quickly turns his attention kneeling down and wrapping his arms around his four little nieces while offering up sweet gestures and affectionate words. Moments later the little ones with their cousin Ella are shown running into the palace excitedly while accompanied by nannies who have made the trip with the both royal families. Princess Elisabeth of Hesse is six months older than her cousin Olga Nikolaevna who has just turned eight. Tatiana is 6 1/2, Marie 4 1/2 and young toddler Anastasia, Ella's personal favorite, is now 2 1/2.

We have several quick scenes showing the girls frolicking around with their relatives and nannies; Picnics out in the meadow, walks through the forest trail where Ella holds the hands and helps to guide her littlest cousins Marie and Anastasia, hide and seek is played. We also see Ella rather impressively riding on a white horse she has taken to while her cousins are shown riding and/or feeding their ponies. Meanwhile Nicholas and Ernie get an early start one morning and head out into the forest on a hunt for moose and stag. Walking through the chilly early morning fog the two men begin a brief discussion...


GD Ernest: I hope I don't let you down Nicky...I'm quite excited to be joining you on this hunt. Just hope I might shoot straight.
Nicholas (smiling): Aim and fire Ernie, your adrenaline will take care of the rest...but just make sure the barrel is pointed toward the animal and not me and the others.
GD Ernest (giggling): An excellent way to spend the day and I am grateful that you and Alix have invited us to Poland.
Nicholas: Of course, don't mention it. In a perfect world we'd be seeing each other every couple of months.
GD Ernest: Indeed!
Nicholas: How are Prince Andre and Princess Alice getting on since the wedding?
GD Ernest: Quite famously from what I gather. They are such a young couple but so very full of life.
Nicholas: I was struck by how beautiful the Princess has become. Very much a woman at such a tender age.
GD Ernest: Yes, eighteen, hard to believe. Seems like yesterday she was a little girl struggling with her hearing issues. Now married to a handsome young prince and ready to start a family of her own.

A couple of members of the hunting party then draw Nicholas and Ernie's attention. Whispering from ahead...

Hunter #1: Your majesty it appears there is a gathering up ahead in the clearing that we are approaching.
Hunter #2 (excitedly): Three bull moose among them, maybe four!
Nicholas: Ah, well here we go Ernie! Time to focus now.

The two men move ahead quickly and quietly as the scene cuts away.

Later on in the evening we are shown several killed moose carcases piled up along side of the lodge and we catch up with the adults inside. Dinner has ended and the men and women are mingling over drinks and lively conversation. Meanwhile the children are being put to bed. Head nanny of the Imperial Family Margaretta Eagar is shown tucking in the children having already been given goodnight kisses from their mother and father. In a separate room Miss Wilson, personal nanny to Princess Ella, is showing her to bed. The exhausted child doses off quickly and we see the woman giving her a kiss on the cheek followed by the words, "sweet dreams my darling baby".

The next morning we are shown a quick exchange between Miss Wilson and Mrs. Eagar...


Miss Wilson: The princess has a sore throat.
Mrs. Eagar: Oh dear, is she alright?
Miss Wilson: She didn't want to get out of bed which is very much unlike her.
Mrs. Eagar: Might I fetch the doctor and check in on her with you?
Miss Wilson: Please do.

The doctor is then shown taking Ella's temperature. By now her father Ernie and the Imperial Couple have entered the room to be by her side...

Doctor: Well your majesties it registers normal. The change in food when one travels often causes some symptoms. It's likely that something has disagreed with her, but she's a healthy child and I wouldn't be the least bit alarmed.

Ernie is shown by his daughter's side cheering her up. The others mill about the room and Nicholas & Alexandra take the doctor and the two aforementioned nannies aside...

Doctor: I understand you have plans today your majesties?
Alexandra: We were supposed to head to the theater this evening. But the child's ill condition has me worried.
Doctor: Oh your majesty I really can assure you that there is little chance of this being anything more than a mild illness. I shouldn't think you'd be compelled to change your plans for the day.
Alexandra: Very well, thank you doctor. Mrs. Eager please see to it that my little ones are occupied with plenty of activities. I don't want them bothering the little one or contracting what she has.
Mrs. Eager: Of course your majesty.
Nicholas: Thank you ladies, we will be in reach at all times.

The scene cuts away from the bedroom and we pick things back up a few hours later where Mrs. Eagar has just come back for a ride with OTMA. She immediately checks in with Ms. Wilson...

Ms. Wilson: Welcome back madame.
Mrs. Eagar: Oh thank you...I was hoping just to check in on the status of the princess.
Ms. Wilson: Oh! my baby is ever so much better, she has had no return of the sickness for a couple of hours and is sleeping quietly.

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 27, 2012, 03:25:53 PM
Miss Wilson reenters the room where Ella is sleeping and Mrs. Eagar turns to walk back down the hall and into the room where her charges are playing. She notices the court doctor having just left from a conversation in an adjacent room. He spots the nanny and greets her with a grave look on his face...

Doctor: Hello madame.
Mrs. Eagar (smiling): Oh hello doctor. I must thank and congratulate you for the improvement in the little princess's condition.
Doctor: Improvement?
Mrs. Eagar: Well yes of course. Miss Wilson and I just spoke...I understand her temperature spiked but has gone back down and she's now sleeping quietly.
Doctor: I'm sorry but looks can be deceiving...this child is dying from failure of the heart.
Mrs. Eagar (staggered): I don't...I don't understand. What do you mean? She must be fine, it was only a sore throat and a fever. Active children like this get rundown quickly and recover quite rapidly.
Doctor: This is often the case.
Mrs. Eagar: You said so yourself earlier that this was nothing to be alarmed by!
Doctor: I'm sorry to say that I was wrong. A sore throat and fever are not alarming by themselves but this little one's heart has been failing from hour to hour.
Mrs. Eagar: Oh my God! There must be something that can be done...?
Doctor: I'm working on it. I must get back to the child now.
Mrs. Eagar: I'll go and tell the Grand Duke and Empress.
Doctor: Madame...tell them gently.

Mrs. Eagar races down the hallway in a panic. We are then shown her accompanied by Alexandra and Ernie who burst in through the bedroom doors into the child's bedroom. The doctor who was sitting idly by Ella's side quickly confronts her alarmed father...

Doctor: Your majesties.
GD Ernie: What this I'm hearing. Mrs. Eagar tells me that Ella's illness has grown more serious.
Doctor: It is true. I'm not certain what it is that we are looking at just yet. The sore throat has disappeared but the fever has returned.
Alexandra: So the child is sick. This is nothing bed rest, time and medicine cannot cure?
Doctor: Possibly your majesty, but the danger is from the heart. Her beats are barely perceptible.

Ernie goes over to check the pulse of his still sleeping child...

GD Ernie: It feels fine to me.

Alexandra goes over and does the same...

Alexandra (smiling): Doctor I appreciate you erring on the side of caution but is all of this alarm really necessary?
Doctor: It comes and goes your majesties. Very difficult to tell what is wrong. With your permission I would like to send to Warsaw for a second opinion.
Alexandra (turning to her brother): Ernie?
GD Ernie: I can't imagine this being anything more than a touch of the flu. I know my daughter and this is not the first time she's been ill you know.
Doctor: I understand your majesty, but just to be safe I would like another doctor's opinion.
GD Ernie: Very well...I certainly won't leave anything to chance when it comes to my daughter's health.
Doctor: Thank you both. You will be in town tonight at a play I understand?
Alexandra: Yes, please send telegrams informing us of the child's condition and if there is any change for the better or worse, won't you doctor?
Doctor: Of course your majesties. Please try to enjoy yourselves this evening. The princess is in good hands here.

Alexandra again calls over Mrs. Eagar and Miss Wilson...

Alexandra: We must be leaving shortly. Nicholas is finishing up with a meeting. You understand what I told the doctor about keep us informed?
Nanny's (together): Yes your majesty.
Alexandra: Please don't worry ladies. Princess Ella is a perfectly healthy child. I imagine by morning we'll see much improvement in her condition. If not, then and only then should we begin to worry.

Ernie is shown kissing his daughter on the forehead and wishing her a good night sleep as the couple exits the room. We cut quickly to another scene showing the Tsar, Empress and Ernie, having arrived home from their evening at the theater, looking in on Elisabeth. She appears weak but was in good spirits as she spoke brightly to her father, aunt and uncle…

Elisabeth: I’m just tired and don’t feel very well.
GD Ernest: Well darling it sounds to me like you need just one more night of good rest and then all will be better.
Alexandra: Yes the girls were telling me how much they’ve missed their big cousin the last two days. I know how much they’re looking forward to another picnic and game of hide & seek in the wood.
Elisabeth: Auntie Alix and uncle Nicky do you think you could come to Hesse for a visit soon too? I really want to show little Anastasie my doll collection and I have a special one picked out just for her!
Nicholas: That would be delightful darling, we’ll see to it…but for now I order you as the Tsar of all the Russias to get some sleep and be well rested for playtime in the morning!
Elisabeth (giggling): Yes uncle Nicky.
GD Ernest (showering her with kisses): Goodnight my little angel.
Elisabeth: Goodnight papa, goodnight everybody!

We cut quickly to each of the nanny’s as their majesties have now exited Ella’s bedroom. They are folding clothes and blankets while speaking to one another…

Miss Wilson: Lord I am exhausted.
Mrs. Eagar: You have been tending to the little one around the clock, no wonder. Don’t you think it’s time you get some rest?
Miss Wilson: I don’t want to leave her. I think the doctor was exaggerating her condition earlier but I’m sill concerned. Ever since her parents divorced this little one has been like a child to me.
Mrs. Eagar: You’re no good to a sick little girl if you yourself are unable to stand…let me stay the night with her. I’m going to do some reading for a couple of hours and then I imagine I’ll pass out in the chair over there (points across the room).
Miss Wilson: I wouldn’t want to impose upon you Margaretta. After all you have your own little charges to tend to, I have just this one.
Mrs. Eagar: Oh think nothing of it. It’s really not a burden. Perhaps tomorrow you can watch over my charges for a little while and I’ll then catch up on some sleep then.
Miss Wilson: Certainly madame, and thank you. You are most kind.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 27, 2012, 03:27:19 PM
The two nanny’s part ways and Mrs. Eagar sits down aside the sleeping Ella. We flash forward several minutes hearing nothing but the ticking of the clock before suddenly from across the hallway a pair of screams starts up. Eagar quickly puts her book down and races over to the bedroom of Anastasia and Marie. The two young children are standing on their beds and terribly alarmed...

Mrs. Eagar: My goodness! What on earth is wrong?
Marie (through sobs): A bad man just came into the room!
Mrs. Eagar: Who was this man?
Marie: I don’t know!
Mrs. Eagar: Did he come in the door and then leave?
Marie: Yes he went to Ella’s room.
Anastasia: Bad man!
Mrs. Eagar: Oh my dears. I think you just saw the good servant man who helps princess Ella. Or maybe you saw a shadow?
Marie: No!
Mrs. Eagar: OK let me see now.

Eagar walks up and adjusts the position of the light that she believes could have been responsible for creating a humanlike shadow that scared the children...

Mrs. Eagar: See girls, when I move the light you can see all kinds of shadows. Some of them look a little scary. Marie are you and Anastasia sure what you saw was real?
Anastasia (pointing over toward the curtain): He’s there!

Eagar picks up Anastasia in her one arms while holding a candle in the other and walks over to he curtain…

Mrs. Eagar: See little one, there is no man over here. Everything is OK now.

Hearing the commotion the court doctor enters the room and sits down next to Marie in an attempt to sooth the child. Anastasia still weeping with fright buries her head in the nanny’s neck and asks to be held, refusing to return to bed. The doctor is unable to calm down Marie but lights a candle to place on a table next to her bed before leaving the room. Mrs. Eagar then attempts to console her once more...

Mrs. Eagar: A strange doctor has come to help Doctor H. to make Ella quite well. Maybe he came to your door by mistake, or you might have heard him speak. But there is no one in the room now.
Marie: No he was not a doctor. He didn’t speak. He’s an awful man!

Just then Marie jumps up and Anastasia turns her attention to something across the room…

Marie: Oh no! He’s gone into cousin Ella’s room!
Anastasia: Oh, poor cousin Ella! Poor princess Elisabeth!
Mrs. Eagar: My goodness girls, I don’t see anything…who is there?

Both girls turned their heads away and fortunately Anastasia falls asleep shortly thereafter. Marie on the other hand grips her nanny tightly and continues to tremble in her arms before she took finally succumbs to exhaustion and sleeps quietly. A few hours later Eagar returns to Ella’s room who is weary and coming in and out of consciousness. The second doctor explains to the following to the nanny…

Warsaw Doctor: The little child is no better.
Mrs. Eagar: Oh dear.
Warsaw Doctor: She has paralysis of the heart. I’ve given her many injections of caffeine and camphor but to no avail. I fear it’s all just a matter of time.

Mrs. Eagar stares at the doctor, he eyes welling up in tears. Just then Elisabeth sits up and begins shouting “I’m dying, I’m dying…oh God.” Miss Wilson coaxes her to lie down again but not before Ella explains that she must telegram her mama to come, and to do so “immediately.” Racing upstairs Eagar retrieves the Grand Duke and Alexandra who come at once. Ella was slowly slipping away but she had just enough energy to ask that her little cousin “Anastasia” be brought into the room. Ella fixates on her for a few moments before closing her eyes. Anastasia could be heard crying out, “poor cousin Ella…poor princess Elisabeth!”.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 27, 2012, 03:27:44 PM
Next scene we see Ella alone with her father, nanny’s, doctor’s and nurses, and the Imperial couple embracing each other as they look on. Both GD Ernest and Miss Wilson give her gentle kisses on the cheek. Her eyes open ever so slightly before shutting one final time. The court doctor then checks her pulse which has finally expired. Her father already welled up in tears begins to sob quietly. Her turns around and looks at his sister Alix not bearing to stand the sight of his deceased daughter. She comes over to embrace him quickly and they both race out of the room overwhelmed by sadness.

We then shift to a month later, back in Tsarskoe Selo for Christmas Eve. The Empress has caught a cold which has grown into influenza. It is evening and the doctor is shown departing the bedroom of the Imperial Couple as Nicholas sits and chats with his ill wife...


Nicholas: Christmas Eve. I want so desperately to embrace you my darling.
Alexandra: I know Nicky. I’ll be well soon enough…I’m just sad to be spoiling the day for the children.
Nicholas: I didn’t want to tell you earlier because I know how painful it is to still talk about…but it seems the doctors have concluded that Princess Ella’s death was caused by a suppressed case of typhoid fever. She probably had the condition for more than a week before showing signs, and by the time she did it was really too late.
Alexandra: How awful.
Nicholas: I tell you this dear because I feel like you’ve been a little too harsh on yourself.
Alexandra: I should have been more attentive. Maybe something could have been done. It was our hunting lodge where the little girl got ill.
Nicholas: Ernie has forgiven us, you must do the same. The doctors concur on this. No one could have known what she was going through until her fate was already decided.
Alexandra: It was God’s will then.
Nicholas: Yes darling, God’s will.

The scene fades out and we conclude things with one final entry showing Mrs. Eagar coming to the bedside of Olga who has just awoken on Christmas morning…

Mrs. Eagar: Well look who's awake! Merry Christmas Olga Nikolaevna!
Olga (looking around): Merry Christmas to you…did God send for cousin Ella’s body in the night?
Mrs. Eagar (startled): Oh no dear, not yet.
Olga (disappointed): I thought he would have sent for her to keep Christmas with him.
Mrs. Eagar: She is with him already in spirit…and she is looking down upon all of us here today. I’m sure she wishes she could be here but aren’t we lucky to have her for a guardian angel?
Olga (pleased): Yes…we sure are!

A little later in the morning around the Christmas tree as others are milling about Marie is shown taking quite an interest in a book she has received as a gift. There are a series of photographs in it of some of the great works of art from around the world, particularly famous sculptures. Thumbing through the pages she stops at one and walks over to show Mrs. Eagar...

Marie: Why is this girl blind?
Mrs. Eagar (sitting the girl on her leg with book in hand): Well lets have a look…oh yes this is the famous sculpture of Nydia the blind girl of Pompeii. She was very unlucky not to be able to see.
Marie: What happened to her.
Mrs. Eagar: She was born that way I think.
Marie: But why?
Mrs. Eagar: Well sometimes God makes people blind, and no one knows why.
Marie (after a brief pause): I know someone who knows.
Mrs. Eagar: Oh? And who would that be?
Marie: Cousin Ella knows…she is in heaven, sitting down and talking to God, and he is telling her how he did it and why.

Scene fades out…
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Rodney_G. on August 27, 2012, 04:25:35 PM
Well, Edubs, that's all quite amazing. Those scenes are more finely elaborated than your usual ones. I recognize those scenes myself through my reading. In the case of the unfamiliar movie-watcher , I'm sure they'll be bowled over by the pathos. I sure was. Though they were young children then, the sensitivities and innocence and naivete of the three grand duchesses will nicely presage them later as they experience real streeses in the last four years. I think I must dab my eyes here a minute. Very moving scenes indeed!

I also enjoyed the scene of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and his squeamishness and/or unfamiliarity with the blood sport of wild game hunting. I think that would characterise him well, except that to that extent I doubt he would have partaken of the hunt at all. Maybe a little near comic relief effect though.

The interplay of the two nannies is excellent, something I overlooked in considering the drama of Princess Elisabeth's suffering and demise. I do think , however, that the interaction and familiarity between them and the doctors, as well as, to a certain extent their role in breaking the bad news to Ernest, Alexandra, and Nicholas may be excessive. Miss Eagar and Misss Wilson were close to their wards obviously, but their employers were still royalty and the more formal modes of address and deference still prevailed.

That fine line between historical accuracy and cinematic appeal is always tricky.

But again, I think these are compelling scenes, as  those with sensitive and suffering children usually are. See Dickens.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on August 28, 2012, 02:37:49 AM
Sounds to me that Ella was born with a congenital heart defect and could only have been helped by a heart transplant, impossible in those days.  It seems everytime the I.F. went to Poland, they had horrible luck (Alexei's brush with death at Spala comes to mind here).

Excellent scenes.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 28, 2012, 03:01:45 AM
nitpicking as usual. Is there any need to mention Andre and Alice? Unless they are going to be involved again, it will only confuse the audience (Andre and Alice - who the hell are they?). If they are mentioned, I'm pretty sure that 'hearing issues' is not 1903-speak. Nicholas would say 'deafness', or perhaps, 'the trouble with her hearing'. Maybe something like, 'Alice was just a young girl trying to cope with her deafness/get over the trouble with her hearing'. Ernie might smile and add, 'She certainly manages to hear all the sweet nothings from Andre.' I think he was actually known as Andrea, pronounced An-dreya.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 28, 2012, 01:10:29 PM
Hello gang!

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nitpicking as usual. Is there any need to mention Andre and Alice? Unless they are going to be involved again, it will only confuse the audience (Andre and Alice - who the hell are they?). If they are mentioned, I'm pretty sure that 'hearing issues' is not 1903-speak. Nicholas would say 'deafness', or perhaps, 'the trouble with her hearing'. Maybe something like, 'Alice was just a young girl trying to cope with her deafness/get over the trouble with her hearing'. Ernie might smile and add, 'She certainly manages to hear all the sweet nothings from Andre.' I think he was actually known as Andrea, pronounced An-dreya.

Good point Ann. I would certainly go back and change the language to reflect that. As far as removing them both from the scene entirely...the reason I brought it up was only as a way to mention that Ernie and Nicholas had seen each other just recently. It seems like a natural bit of a small talk to have while being preoccupied by other things (the hunt in this case). I'd think it logical when a couple of people reunite a month or so the previous event that brought them together would be discuss. "So Nicky that wedding was a lot of fun last month". "Yes it was, Andrea and Alice will make a good couple...how was their honeymoon and heir first few weeks together as a married couple?" etc, etc.

But you're right and I should look at this from the the vantage point of the audience. Already so many characters to keep track of...why piling on and risk confusion?

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Sounds to me that Ella was born with a congenital heart defect and could only have been helped by a heart transplant, impossible in those days.  It seems everytime the I.F. went to Poland, they had horrible luck (Alexei's brush with death at Spala comes to mind here).

Excellent scenes.

Thanks Tim. You might be onto something there. Apparently she had the illness for twelve days but didn't start showing signs until over a week had past. It's no wonder the adults (and the doctor a first) were dismissive about it being anything serious. Her health was quite possibly a ticking time bomb. Such an awful tragedy, especially for someone regarded as a perfect little princess by all whom she came in contact with!

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Well, Edubs, that's all quite amazing. Those scenes are more finely elaborated than your usual ones. I recognize those scenes myself through my reading. In the case of the unfamiliar movie-watcher , I'm sure they'll be bowled over by the pathos. I sure was. Though they were young children then, the sensitivities and innocence and naivete of the three grand duchesses will nicely presage them later as they experience real streeses in the last four years. I think I must dab my eyes here a minute. Very moving scenes indeed!

Wow, thanks Rodney...that of course means a lot coming from you! Yes this took my quite a while to put together...as you probably can imagine based on its length but Mrs. Eagar's "Six Years" made the research rather easy :-)

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I also enjoyed the scene of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and his squeamishness and/or unfamiliarity with the blood sport of wild game hunting. I think that would characterise him well, except that to that extent I doubt he would have partaken of the hunt at all. Maybe a little near comic relief effect though.

Honestly I really didn't consider the fact that he might not have taken part at all. I naturally assumed the men on the hunt would have included the Grand Duke but I can see where you are coming from. Still I'd like to leave this in unless we find specific factual evidence that he did not take part in the hunt, or didn't hunt at all as a general rule.

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The interplay of the two nannies is excellent, something I overlooked in considering the drama of Princess Elisabeth's suffering and demise. I do think , however, that the interaction and familiarity between them and the doctors, as well as, to a certain extent their role in breaking the bad news to Ernest, Alexandra, and Nicholas may be excessive. Miss Eagar and Misss Wilson were close to their wards obviously, but their employers were still royalty and the more formal modes of address and deference still prevailed.

Someone (maybe you?) called me out before for using a too familiar tone between Eagar and her royal employers. Since I don't actually show them addressing Ernie, Alix, Nicholas, however what might you recommend for the tone of the conversations that took place only after they were called over by their employers? I'm not sure how to fix the interaction between the two nannies themselves. I'd imagine women in this line of work would have bonded rather quickly. But I suppose I could edit the dialogue between they and the doctors as being something a little more formal sounding.

Thanks!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 28, 2012, 01:34:30 PM
'Honestly I really didn't consider the fact that he might not have taken part at all. I naturally assumed the men on the hunt would have included the Grand Duke but I can see where you are coming from. Still I'd like to leave this in unless we find specific factual evidence that he did not take part in the hunt, or didn't hunt at all as a general rule.'

Alice of Athlone tells a lovely story involving her uncle the Duke of Connaught, who was included in his brother Edward VII's shooting parties even though he was not a very good shot. On one occasion the Duke narrowly missed the Queen of Italy's large feathered hat, and a major row seemed about to ensue until someone warned the Duke that the Queen of Italy's hat was 'out of season'!

I'd not heard that Ernie was rather squeamish.

Ann

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 28, 2012, 02:16:23 PM
'I'd think it logical when a couple of people reunite a month or so the previous event that brought them together would be discuss. "So Nicky that wedding was a lot of fun last month". "Yes it was, Andrea and Alice will make a good couple...how was their honeymoon and heir first few weeks together as a married couple?" etc, etc.'

Very true. You might help to show where it all fits together by having Nicholas say something like, 'If they have a baby in the usual timescale, Alix will be a great-aunt by the time she's 32!' Ernie can then say, 'Of course, thanks to Alice she was an aunt at 13. She was very excited about it all.'

Incidentally, my father was an uncle at 14 - I'll have to ask him whether he found it exciting!

Ann


Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Rodney_G. on August 28, 2012, 02:17:35 PM
Edubs,

Upon further review, as the expression has it , I see that the only scenes with both the nannies and Alexandra have the dialog limited to the former using the term "Your Majesty", which is hardly over-familiar ! Sorrry 'bout that.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 29, 2012, 07:59:28 AM
Just a further thought regarding Alice and Andrea. You might use them as a bit of context for Nicholas and Alexandra not rushing to marry Olga off.

Nicholas or Ernie might say something like, 'What a lovely couple, and so much in love. But terribly young. Alice is only 18.' The other replies. 'And Andrea's 21. You and I were old men of 26 when we went to the altar!'

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 29, 2012, 12:47:21 PM
Just a further thought regarding Alice and Andrea. You might use them as a bit of context for Nicholas and Alexandra not rushing to marry Olga off.

Nicholas or Ernie might say something like, 'What a lovely couple, and so much in love. But terribly young. Alice is only 18.' The other replies. 'And Andrea's 21. You and I were old men of 26 when we went to the altar!'

Ann

That's a clever thought Ann...I'm always looking for little hints and segues to tie the scenes together. Of course in 1903 Olga was still years away from when this would have been given serious thought, but it's never too early for a father to start growing anxious about such a topic :-)

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 30, 2012, 03:06:37 AM
Ernie could also say. '18 is so young. That was part of the trouble between Ducky and me.' Of course, there was more to it than that, but perhaps he could be justifying himself.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on August 30, 2012, 05:38:31 AM
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Thanks Tim. You might be onto something there. Apparently she had the illness for twelve days but didn't start showing signs until over a week had past. It's no wonder the adults (and the doctor a first) were dismissive about it being anything serious. Her health was quite possibly a ticking time bomb. Such an awful tragedy, especially for someone regarded as a perfect little princess by all whom she came in contact with!

They really had no way of diagnosing such things back then. 
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 30, 2012, 06:54:34 AM
I will check up on typhoid. I have a 1911 manual for Naval Sick-Berth Attendants which will probablt have something about the symptoms and time scale.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on August 30, 2012, 07:34:30 AM
As regards Ernie's sexuality, perhaps all that is needed is a brief image of him gazing into the eyes of a good-looking young man with the interior of a stable as backdrop.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on August 30, 2012, 08:11:19 AM
As regards Ernie's sexuality, perhaps all that is needed is a brief image of him gazing into the eyes of a good-looking young man with the interior of a stable as backdrop.

Ann

Yeah I should give some thought as how to work this in. In my previous scene with N&A discussing the breakdown of Ernie & Ducky's marriage I had Alexandra make a subtle reference to it while explaining to her husband how Ducky could have been so unhappy in spite of all she possessed.

I don't necessarily want to make a big deal about it. Much as I like the Grand Duke he's not going to be a major character in the story from this point on. To single out his sexuality when obviously several other members of the extended royal were of the same orientation might be pointless, or worse, in bad taste. On the other hand I guess his was the only marriage to specifically breakdown because of it.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Janet Ashton on August 31, 2012, 05:58:07 PM


I also enjoyed the scene of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and his squeamishness and/or unfamiliarity with the blood sport of wild game hunting. I think that would characterise him well, except that to that extent I doubt he would have partaken of the hunt at all.

He certainly did hunt, I'm afraid, folks! Even Eagar's book refers to his showing his daughter the dead animals with pleasure - and I have a lot of pics of him out in India with the guns, going after tigers and so on - it was one of the reasons he went there (as well as to see history and be poetically inspired) and he expressed no distaste at it.

But again, I think these are compelling scenes, as  those with sensitive and suffering children usually are. See Dickens.

The scenes here are well done, but I'll admit to being with Oscar Wilde on Dickens's suffering children!
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Post by: blessOTMA on September 01, 2012, 01:29:49 AM
o my lord they seemingly all hunted...hunting was so huge with this class that this time , that I think someone who did not hunt,  would be looked down much  more than a fellow who fancied the stable boys
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Post by: TimM on September 01, 2012, 04:07:53 PM
that is the main reason they had those lodges in Poland (none which exist anymore, the Nazis destroyed them during World War II).
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Post by: Rodney_G. on September 02, 2012, 02:08:34 PM
Hmmmm. 


I also enjoyed the scene of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and his squeamishness and/or unfamiliarity with the blood sport of wild game hunting. I think that would characterise him well, except that to that extent I doubt he would have partaken of the hunt at all.

He certainly did hunt, I'm afraid, folks! Even Eagar's book refers to his showing his daughter the dead animals with pleasure - and I have a lot of pics of him out in India with the guns, going after tigers and so on - it was one of the reasons he went there (as well as to see history and be poetically inspired) and he expressed no distaste at it.

But again, I think these are compelling scenes, as  those with sensitive and suffering children usually are. See Dickens.

The scenes here are well done, but I'll admit to being with Oscar Wilde on Dickens's suffering children!


I have no reason to doubt M. Eagar in this regard  so I stand corrected about Ernst Ludwig's attitude to hunting. I imagined his enjoying hunting and killing wild animals as contrary to his nature , which I viewed as fairly sensitive. I still think of him that way from what I know of him overall.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 05, 2012, 12:06:33 AM
We enter the Russo-Japanese War. Below is the first couple of what will be multiple scenes wrapped around the birth of Alexei. James Pratt gave me an excellent jumping off point with a couple of very impressive scenes he put together discussing some of the lead in to the war. I'll be adding to this shortly. For now...


February, 1904 – Tsarskoe Selo

It’s still February of 1904 and the war with Japan has already begun. Nicholas is shown discussing the situation with Ministers Sergei Witte, Vyacheslav Plehve and Minister of War Aleksey Kuropatkin…

Nicholas: So there we have it. The first great war of the twentieth century has begun…by all means gentleman I plan on it being the first great victory for Russia in the twentieth century as well.
Kuropatkin: Yes sire. It’s obvious to most everyone that the Japanese cannot compete with our numbers or fire power. Still I believe it necessary to defeat them through a war of attrition.
Nicholas: Can we not simply crush them before they get organized? They must be punished for this vicious attack on our fleet at Port Arthur.
Kuropatkin: The Japanese do no want this war but that doesn’t mean they’re ill prepared to fight it your majesty. There are ways to defeat them without the unnecessary loss of life of our troops. We begin slowly. Show our teeth and hope that it’s sufficient to bring about a swift end to the hostilities. Meanwhile we’ll continue sending troops and supplies down the Trans-Siberian Railroad and have them prepared to mount a full on arsenal if necessary.
Witte: For all this talk about unnecessary loss of human life I think it’s worth mentioning sire that the Japanese minister Kurino practically begged for an audience with you…I’m left to wonder if this whole thing could have been avoided or if perhaps certain members of the government wanted this war to happen all along.
Nicholas: I value every life Witte. The sacrifices of our fighting men will be honored. But the Japanese had plenty of opportunities for diplomacy…and let’s not forget that it was they whole ultimately declared war on us.
Plehve: Yes your majesty and with due respect I must disagree both with my colleague here (motioning toward Witte) and those in your government who disagree with you taking Russia into battle. I for one welcome the idea of a small victorious war. It will go a long way in reinvigorating national unity and quell the rebellions here at home.
Witte: Your majesty when we spoke a month ago you told me of a conversation between yourself and the Kaiser. You wrote to him that you were still in good hopes about a calm and peaceful understanding between us and the Japanese.
Nicholas: Ah yes, and you know what the Kaiser did with that letter before responding to me so kindly? Apparently he was plenty irritated (Nicholas gets up from his chair to walk about the room)…yes I understand he told his Chancellor that I was acting unmanly and indecisive. That I was doing myself a great deal of harm and my behavior was compromising the integrity of all great sovereigns.
Witte: The Kaiser is not a stable individual sire. My reason for mentioning your letter was merely to remind you that a short while ago you were seeking a diplomatic solution to our problems with Japan, and now you seek a military one.
Kuropatkin: Your majesty and Minister Witte if I may…it seems as though the die has already been cast. It’s the responsibility now of all of us to stand united in our efforts for a resounding victory. We will bring great glory to the Tsar and to Russia.
Nicholas: Yes, thank you Kuropatkin. Whatever one may think about my cousin the Kaiser he supports our efforts against the Japanese. Once more Nicholas Nikolaevich has assisted in helping to bring Montenegro on board to fight with along side of us…now, let’s begin to discuss our strategy.

The scene cuts away…
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Post by: edubs31 on September 05, 2012, 12:06:49 AM
We are next shown a montage of scenes from the unfolding war over the next several months. Japanese Army Commander Kuroki Itei is shown strategizing and then launching a successful battle across the Yalu River into Russian occupied Manchuria. The ensuing battle ends in bitter defeat for the Russian army. We see explosions and soldiers being shot and killed by the dozens as the Japanese army continues to move forward and gain ground. We are also shown sunken ships such as the Petropavlovsk and Pobeda and a depiction of bitter naval losses at sea. In one instance the highly regarded Admiral Stepan Makarov is shown shouting out desperate orders to men who begin to abandon ship. An explosion blows him across the deck and lands him unconscious as we see him plummeting with his sunken ship to its watery grave. Newspaper headlines in St. Petersburg and Moscow discuss the disappointment and shock over such defeats.

We cut quickly to a nameless ADC giving Nicholas an update on the war while with his mother, the Dowager Empress, in his study…

ADC (entering the room): Your majesties I have good news to report from the war.
Nicholas: Show me!
ADC: It seems our mine laying is beginning to pay off. Two Japanese battleships ships; the Yashima and Hatsuse have been sunk.
Nicholas (reading the report): Look mother it appears we were able to lure them in. Splendid news indeed!
Marie Feoderovna: Well it’s about time there is something good to report. This war has been far more costly than it could be possibly be worth.
Nicholas: It has been difficult so far but I can see the tide is beginning to turn.
Marie Feoderovna: We shouldn’t get carried away over one victory.  
Nicholas (motioning towards his ADC): Thank you Vladimir.
ADC (bowing and leaving the room): Your majesties.
Nicholas (turning his attention back to his mother): Mother is it necessary for you to talk to me in such a way in front of outsiders?
Marie Feoderovna (pausing): Yes I suppose I should apologies to you Nicky…I didn’t mean to embarrass you…but thus far this war has been an embarrassment for Russia. You’ve ignored your advisors and the wishes of your people.
Nicholas: There is little my advisors can agree on lately…and the people desire their country to be strong. It is up to me to decide how best to ensure that Russia remains proud and powerful.
Marie Feoderovna: And you believe such a war makes us proud and powerful in the eyes of the people and the world?
Nicholas: Too many people look at the specifics and fail to see the big picture. They let their emotions run high and low on the victories and defeats of individual battles.
Marie Feoderovna: So you are looking at the big picture for us all…is that it Nicky?
Nicholas: Father has been gone for nearly a decade now and I’m a man in his mid-thirties. Sunny and I have given birth to four healthy daughters and God willing she is pregnant right now with our son. I’m a Tsar. I always must think in broad terms.
Marie Feoderovna (smiling): Just then you reminded me of your father.
Nicholas (smiling and nodding in return): Let us take tea now mother and change the subject. I believe Alix is waiting up for us.
Marie Feoderovna: Very well Nicky. You know where I stand on the war, but I’m glad to see you taking charge.

Nicholas takes his mother by the hand and leads her out of the room. The scene cuts away…
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on September 05, 2012, 04:35:46 PM
Excellent scenes, particularly the start, when Nicholas is so sure Russia would win.  Mind you, who would think they'd get their butts handed to them by a country less than half their size.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 08, 2012, 03:21:52 PM
I have been having some computor problems.  I have also noticed a number of historical mistakes in the last couple of posts: One is Witte was fired in June 1903 so he wouldn't have been around for the Feb 1904 meeting also some of the language used is not period, also I don't think Nicholas knew at the time all the snid comments made about him by the Kaiser in January 1904.
 Next post I don't think Maria Fed was in Russia during most of the R-J war. As for the sinklings of the 2 IJN battleships the Hatsue hit 2 mines and sank rapidly in sight of the Russians as for the Yashima the ship hit one mine but was able to steam out of sight of the Russians before she sank. The japanese were able to conceal her loss for over a year, believe it or not and the Russians reported engaging the ship in battle on a least one occation. It should also be pointed out Plehve did not want a war this is something from Witte's memoirs. I will and try and give you some info on what Kuropatkin acctually thought about the japanese.  One of the reasons why I am doing scenes in salons or of aide ect talking is to tell whats going on at the time when we really don't know what N & A are saying. One of my upcoming posts deals with the death of Admiral Marakov and the sinking of the Petropavlovsk and damaging or the Pobeda ect. If and when i get my computor problems sorted out.
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Post by: edubs31 on September 08, 2012, 03:46:59 PM
Hey James, nice to hear from you again and I'm sorry to hear about your technical problems. Some good points as always but allow me to question a few of your assertions...

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One is Witte was fired in June 1903 so he wouldn't have been around for the Feb 1904 meeting

Even though he would eventually be sent to negotiate terms for Russia at the Treaty of Portsmouth? Also I must admit to getting a little lazy with my research but Witte is clearly shown in the film "Nicholas & Alexandra" as discussing the war with Nicholas and Nikolasha around the time of Alexei's birth (August, 1904). It's entirely possible that this scene was historically inaccurate, but if not then why was Witte missing in February of 1904 but apparently very much in the picture by August of that year and then again at the end of the war?

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I don't think Nicholas knew at the time all the snid comments made about him by the Kaiser in January 1904.

You're probably right but this is an instance of where I'm comfortable taking some artistic liberties. We know the Kaiser did make those disparaging comments and I think it's important to address what would become a growing rift/distrust between the two royal cousins leading all the way up to WWI. Thoughts?

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Next post I don't think Maria Fed was in Russia during most of the R-J war.

Again I'll consult the film, which might not be a terribly good idea, but in that we have a scene including Nicholas and his mother discussing the failures in the war and her desire to see Russia's withdraw. It seems as though she was home at some point during the war, when exactly I'm not sure. In the movie I think they were celebrating her birthday (November) so maybe my scene depiction of her chatting with Nicholas in February is a stretch...but do we have some concrete evidence that she was residing primarily abroad at this point?

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As for the sinklings of the 2 IJN battleships the Hatsue hit 2 mines and sank rapidly in sight of the Russians as for the Yashima the ship hit one mine but was able to steam out of sight of the Russians before she sank. The japanese were able to conceal her loss for over a year, believe it or not and the Russians reported engaging the ship in battle on a least one occasion.

Thanks, this is very helpful. I'll edit the scene to include only the sinking of the Hatsue and perhaps passing mention to other successes dealing with the Russia mines. Perhaps a report saying something along the lines of, "we believe another ship may also have been severely damaged by our mines."

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It should also be pointed out Plehve did not want a war this is something from Witte's memoirs.

Yet either prior to or during the conflict he was quoted as saying, "to avert of revolution we need a small victorious war." Can elaborate further on this because it certainly doesn't sound like the kind of a talk of a man who was against the war...perhaps concerned. I'll give a closer look at Witte's memoirs that I have read through several chapters of.

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One of the reasons why I am doing scenes in salons or of aide ect talking is to tell whats going on at the time when we really don't know what N & A are saying. One of my upcoming posts deals with the death of Admiral Marakov and the sinking of the Petropavlovsk and damaging or the Pobeda ect. If and when i get my computor problems sorted out.

Sounds great, I look forward to it!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 08, 2012, 07:51:27 PM
My computor is up again. The "The Russian Revolution" R Pipes says the usually despised Plehve did not want a war this came from Wittes memoirs. Pipes says if anyone was responsible for the R-J war it was Witte who was the driving force behind the Russian move into Manchuria in the first place.
and now back to the miniseries:
The road to the R-J war two Russian officials are discussing the far east in 1898
Official 1: How goes things in the far east?
Official 2: Fairly good, as you know the japanese defeated the Chinese in a war a few years ago. With the backing of the French and germans we forced the Japanese to pull out of Port Arthur. Then we moved in.
Official 1: know doubt the japanese were upset by this.
Official 2: yes, but they didn't have any choice and we now have a year round ice free port in the far east.
Official 1: No doubt this will be a big help for our foriegn trade and will also open up a markets in Manchuria and China for our goods.
Official 2: Yes, most definetly i understand both Witte and the Tsar are both extremely happy with this.
Back in the Palace Nicholas writes in his diary on 27 March 1898 " At last! an ice free port!" i don't know what he did next but we could have him giving Alexandra a big kiss and hug.
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 08, 2012, 08:50:38 PM
 pre R-J war scene two Adjutants at the TS:
Adj 1: Good news! It looks like an officer from your old regiment is going to awarded a medal.
Adj 2: Sadly it is for putting down a strike not combat. just about all the officers I know dislike doing this reguard it as deaming for soldiers.
Adj 1: I know how you feel but the tsar believes it is important to keep order in the Empire. The reasons why we have to use such a large part of the army for this are because despite some people calling this country a police state in reality we don't have that many policemen. The St petersburg police force may have somewhat fewer men that the police deptments in cities like Paris , Berlin, or London but they are so poorly trained, equiped and paid they can barly handle regular crime. While the gendarmes are better there are only between 10-15,000 for the whole Empire and for the countryside there are only something like 8000 Constables and Sergents.
Adj 2: Then there are those Pograms
Adj 1: Yes if we don't stop them those peasants will start going after the property of the landlords after they get through killing and looting the jews. this sort of lawlessness can not be tolerated!
Ady 2: of course having the soldiers shooting their own people can be difficult on occain especially when there are women and children present.
Adj 1: I believe after that incident at Yaroslav where the soldiers opened fire on a crowd and killed one and wounded several the Tsar sent his congadulations to the "Glorious Soldiers" ect ect for their "expemary devotion to duty"
Adj 2: Thenwe have some officials who believe the more brutaly they treat their own people the more respect it gives us abroad
Note: This was how army officers probaby felt back then on this subject. They probably would have used other comments about jews that I going to avoid. i have also read on this site that nicholas did personally decorate Soldiers and policemen for stopping pograms.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 10, 2012, 03:30:50 PM
I like it James, thanks again for contributing. I'm posting another little conversation between a couple of officials strolling down Nevsky Prospect. This takes place after the war and sheds some light on the varying opinions regarding the Treaty of Portsmouth.
 
September, 1905 - St. Petersburg
 
Official 1: So, alas, it is settled.
Official 2: Yes Im glad that the war is now behind us once and for all.
Official 1: I suppose...but I can't help but feeling a bit angry by the terms and what we ended up settling for.
Official 2: Well I certainly think Witte and Rosen did a masterful job.
Official 1: Really?
Official 2: Well of course. We were essentially defeated by the Japanese but you wouldn't have known it considering what they settle with us for. Under such circumstances I think Russia got the best deal it could have hoped for.
Official 1: Actually I think Russia was primed to win the war.
Official 2 (smirking): Oh you do?
Official 1: We needed not to make concessions, and certainly not to bring the Americans on board to broker a peace. If we could have held out just a little longer we would have been victorious. The Japanese won many battles but we would have outlasted them. They would have eventually succumb and we would have saved faced with our people and in the eyes of the world.
Official 2: The emperor wanted to fight on from what I understand. It was his advisors who convinced him otherwise.
Official 1: Yes and one of those advisors was the man he sent half way around the world carrying Russia's tail between his legs. You see my dear man, Minister Witte was a great economist and even knows his way around foreign policy. But he does not have a keen understanding of the Russia people, or their desires.
Official 2: Some might say the same about the emperor.
Official 1: I couldn't disagree with that. A few years ago Nicholas is being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and now he gets himself into a losing war.
Official 2: Didn't you just say that you believed we were on the verge of victory?
Official 1: I did, but that required us seeing things through...not pulling out the way we did. This war might have been a bad idea from the outset but once the fighting began and continued on for many months it was not a cause to be lost.
Official 2: Minister Witte wasn't pleased with being sent to the United States to clean up Russia's mess you know?
Official 1: He's always been a bitter man. He remarried a converted Jew and was never welcomed at the court. He truly believes he is the smartest man in Russia.
Official 2: Well think what you will but he's one of the few Russians who looks good coming out of this mess with Japan.
 
The two gentleman arrive at a cafe and take their seats...
 
Official 1: Yes well it's the Americans and their President...Roosevelt I believe...it's they who made out best of all. They knew exactly what they were doing when they invited our countries across an ocean to help settle the peace. While we divide up Sakhalin between us Japan keeps Korea and America gets the Philippines.
Official 2: I think that portion of the deal was already settled.
Official 1: Yes, as I said, America knew exactly exactly what they were doing.
Official 2: I still think it's fair to say that they were mostly on our side. I wish we could have said the same about the British...things could have gone differently.
Official 1: Certainly. I think England's friendship, America's intervention, and Russia's...well...Russia's acceptance of a brokered deal instead of a military victory has evevated Japan as a world power.
Official 2: It won't be the last time we hear from them.
Official 1: No it will not!
 
The two mean who were already looking over their menus while speaking to one another are now approached by a waiter who prepares to take their orders. The scene cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 10, 2012, 03:31:49 PM
One other scene for now I wanted to add serves as little preamble to the assassination sequence I posted earlier. Among those targeted and killed was the aforementioned Minister Vyacheslav von Plehve. In this scene he is speaking to Julia Cantacuzene Spiransky-Grant...American born wife of Prince Michael Cantacuzene and first granddaughter of former US President Ulysses S. Grant. The two had befriended one another while living close together in St. Petersburg. As he did often Plehve meets Grant for tea during the day and keeps her company while her husband is away on duty.
 
July, 1904 - St. Petersburg
 
Grant: Well as you know my dear Minister the Prince and I will be traveling abroad over the next few months.
Plehve: Ah, yes, where will you go exactly...a visit back to America I hope?
Grant: Yes I cannot wait. The children have never been...first we will be stopping at Michael's family estates in Romania and the Ukraine before heading to London and Paris however.
Plehve: Well it sounds like a wonderful adventure. But I must admit that I am sorry you are going away...I have enjoyed coming here sometimes for a quiet hour very much, and I’m afraid I won’t see you again.
Grant (startled and confused): But I shall be back in town in the autumn, and on the contrary. I hope you will again take up this nice habit of dropping in on me often.
Plehve: If I am still alive, I will surely be among your frequent callers, but these people who think I am doing everything wrong, and who have been trying to assassinate me for some time back, are more than ever trailing me now. Probably they will get to me soon.
Grant: Good Lord...well you are Minister of the Interior with the police in your department. Why don’t you protect yourself?
Plehve: It wouldn’t look well, nor be well, for me to surround myself with police and show fear, would it? When I have things to do, I will go out like other men, whatever the consequences. I’m afraid there is only one way to perform one’s duty and take what comes. I've sworn allegiance to the Tsar knowing full well the risks.
Grant (greatly agitated): But something must be done. You shouldn't live in fear but you ought to be able to guard against danger.
Plehve (smiling): I'm grateful for your concern, and who knows. They've failed to get me on at least three other occasions. Perhaps the Lord is playing a role in protecting me.
Grant: Well I'll speak to my husband about this and I think someone should inform the Tsar...
Plehve (interrupting her and taking her hand, gently patting it, while having a chuckle): Oh my dear Princess you are truly divine and possess a heart of gold. Lets simply plan on seeing one another in the autumn, shall well?
Grant: Well...yes...that would make me happy.
Plehve (kissing her on he hand): I must take my leave now and return to my duties. I wish to leave this world by making it a safer place for the likes of you and your children.
 
We are shown the Minister entering his carriage as Grant stands on her front porch steps wishing him goodbye. A look of grave concern passes her face but Plehve seems almost joyous. He smiles and shouts "A pleasant summer to you, and thanks again!" while waving a farewell to the Princess and being driven off. The scene fades out.
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Post by: TimM on September 10, 2012, 05:13:03 PM
Nitpicking time again.  The U.S. getting the Philippines had nothing to do with the Russo-Japanese War.  Rather they got them after the Spanish-American War of 1898.
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 10, 2012, 07:31:26 PM
Correction Maria fed was in Russia in April 1904 for Admiral Marakov's memorial service
Pre-war with Kaiser Wilhelm II writing Nicholas: "The task which has been set us by the Lords of Lords." "The great bulk of the Russian people still place their faith in their Tsar and worship his hallowed person." "The people will cheer you and fall on their knees and pray for you."
back in Germany 2 aides see the kaiser:
Aide 1: i wonder wear the All Highest is going dressed in his Grand Admirals uniform?
Aide 2: Where else but to visit a aquarium
Scene Wilhelm visits Russia tells nicholas "more speechs and more parades" ect.
Wilhelm starts laughing and Alexandra turns away
Wilhelm picks up one at a time OTMA Alexandra winces and OTMA don't like it either
Then there is the gunnery display put on by Captain Rozhestvenski which impresses everyone and gets him promoted to Admiral
I think these all occured during the 1902 visit of the kaiser to Russia
Latter we can have Wilhelm sending Nicholas the painting of Wilhelm as a knight in armor holding a crucifix with Nicholasin a Bzantine gown looking up to him in humble admiration. Then we can have a sence of Nicholas and Alexandera looking at it and not saying anything.
back in Berlin 2 aides are talking:
Aide 1: I wonder where the All Highest is going dressed as a general of the engineers
Aide2: To dine with a group of engineers what else
scene to Wilhelm: saying to an official "Nicholas is fit to live in the country and grow Tulips"
scene to Alexandra in Russia on Wilhelm: He thinks he is a superman in reality he is a clown" (I am not 100% sure she said this)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on September 11, 2012, 02:56:18 AM
Minor nitpicking as usual.

I think Wilhelm would have problems picking up the two elder girls at any rate. He would have to do it one-handed (apparently he could grip with his left hand but not lift), and Olga and Tatiana would be getting a bit heavy by then. How about a kiss on the cheek instead?

Not 'general of the Engineers' but 'General of Engineers'. Wilhelm really did attend a dinner of the Berlin Motor Club garbed as a General of Engineers, so you could use that.

Might be useful to bring in the point at some stage that Wilhelm was Alexei's godfather.

Now I'd better write another scene.

Ann
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Post by: edubs31 on September 11, 2012, 08:48:50 AM
Nitpicking time again.  The U.S. getting the Philippines had nothing to do with the Russo-Japanese War.  Rather they got them after the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Hey Tim, right you are. I knew this was settled territory for the US prior to the Russo-Japanese war which I why I had one of the officials stating to the other that "I think that portion of the deal was already settled."

But thanks for calling me out on this because I phrased that poorly. What I'm looking to show is how the Far East was more and more becoming a disputed area and target for world powers. Since the Spanish-American War would have concluded seven years prior however I'll need to rephrase this part of the discussion to show how the US had a chip in the game.

Easy enough fix...I'll simply have the one official say to the other something along the lines of, "America has already expressed their desires to gain a greater foothold in the Far East. They took control of the Philippines a few years back after their victory over Spain. That was Roosevelt again who waged war and now he's their President. No wonder they're offering up their services to us now...they have a stake in the outcome of these negotiations same as Russia and Japan."

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I think Wilhelm would have problems picking up the two elder girls at any rate. He would have to do it one-handed (apparently he could grip with his left hand but not lift), and Olga and Tatiana would be getting a bit heavy by then. How about a kiss on the cheek instead?

I was thinking this too. By around mid-1902, or whenever the Kaiser visited, Tatiana would have been five and Olga around 6 1/2. Marie was a big girl but probably easy enough to lift being just three years of age at this point and Anastasia of course was a baby. O&T were probably average to slightly above average sized girls for their ages judging from their height once fully grown.

Maybe something similar to the scene I have with Uncle Ernie in 1903 would work better. Give the three or four of them a big bear hug and shower them with kisses. Except unlike with GD Ernst they'll appear uncomfortable...strained smiles and hard looks replacing big smiles and giggles.

Not a huge deal either way of course...

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Might be useful to bring in the point at some stage that Wilhelm was Alexei's godfather.

Now I'd better write another scene.

Please do :-)

I need to go back and dig up the previous scene/s you posted about Alexei's birth and the revelation of his hemophilia. It won't be too difficult as I've been editing and saving most of these as we have been going along.

I'm wondering if we need to focus more on Alexei than three quick scenes (birth, cannon firing, hemophilia conversation). This is one area of the film that I think was done very well in "Nicholas & Alexandra". I particularly liked the scene where Botkin and the team of doctors reveal to the Tsar of his son's disease, then they cut quickly to the Tsar describing it to his stunned wife while the doctor is in the room. Of course in the movie they move instantly from the Tsarevich's birth and end of the Russo-Japanese War to Bloody Sunday, and then jump to 1911. We never really get a chance to see Alexei develop from a baby into a child.

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on September 11, 2012, 08:52:56 AM
'Maybe something similar to the scene I have with Uncle Ernie in 1903 would work better. Give the three or four of them a big bear hug and shower them with kisses. Except unlike with GD Ernst they'll appear uncomfortable...strained smiles and hard looks replacing big smiles and giggles.'

Just the thing. There is a later picture of a gathering on board the Standard where Wilhelm has Alexei (aged about five) on his knee and neither of them looks very happy.

I will try doing something with Alexei as a small boy. Maybe as he's learning to walk and everyone is fretting about him bumping into things.

Ann

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on September 11, 2012, 12:03:23 PM
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Easy enough fix...I'll simply have the one official say to the other something along the lines of, "America has already expressed their desires to gain a greater foothold in the Far East. They took control of the Philippines a few years back after their victory over Spain. That was Roosevelt again who waged war and now he's their President. No wonder they're offering up their services to us now...they have a stake in the outcome of these negotiations same as Russia and Japan."

Sounds good.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 12, 2012, 08:54:53 PM
R-J war:
Nicholas after a service to pray for victory at the chapel of the winter palace goes to a window and salutes the cheering crowd of thousands outside.
Nicholas writes in his diary: his "sharpe grief for the fleet and for the opion people will have of Russians."
At a salon a few weeks later:
Naval Officer 1: Admiral marakov is off to take command of the pacific Squadron if anyone can sweep those monkeys from the seas he can.
Naval officer 2: repairing those damaged ships is going to be a real problem. We don't have a drydock big enough to hold them at Arthur. (correction to my earlier posting there was at Port Arthur a drydock that could take small ships but was too small for battleships and cruisers.)
Army officer 1: Don't worry the Russian army will soon drive those monkeys back into the sea!
Lady 1: I have heard that some conscripts are getting drunk and rioting! Shouldn't they be proud to be called upon to defend their country?
Army officer 2: Madam, the peasants reguard conscription and war as just other miseries like famine and pestilance they have to endure. It is also hard to inspire people who have no sense of national identity to go and fight and die in a war on the other side of the world in some place most of them have never heard of.
Army officer 1: I wonder how my old commanding General Fock is doing at Port Arthur? No doubt he is out inspiring his troops!
From "Tide at Sunrise" at Port Arthur:
"... General Fock commanding the 4th Siberian Rifle division assured everyone that the japanese were fools. Sitting astride his horse before his regiments, he explained carefully that they were fools because in their field regulations it was laid down that in an attack the firing lineshould extend at wide intervals. Then, "front rank, tell me why the japanese are fools." He ordered. The soldier would all shout together " Because, when attacking their firing line extends widely." Drill sargents kicked their men for making mistakes on the parade ground where they behaved like automatons. "Long live the Tsar Hooray! Long live the Tsar Hooray!" they cried. but there was no heart in either their parade drill or in their forced cheering for Nicholas. The Tsar who had sent them to this godforsaken place."

Thanks for the errata on my Kaiser Wilhelm post. With his overdeveloped good arm he probably pick up in 1902 Olga or Tatania with few problems. I believe Lily Dehn in her book points out that OTMA really didn't like their "Uncle Willy" very much. lets face it this guy could be a real pain on occation.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 13, 2012, 06:21:20 PM
scene Port Arthur 13 April 1904 approx 0943 Two Russian officers are on a hill looking out over the sea
Officer 1: whats going on?
Officer 2: The pacific Squadron is coming back into port after a night action with the japanese
Then a battleship is racked by an explosion soon followed by another larger explosion and right after that a third explosion. the ships stern goes high in the air screws still turming and sinks in about a minute.
Officer 1: looking through binoculars yells "my god it's the Petropalovsk!" the two officers remove their caps and kneel in prayer along with others. Meanwhile one naval officer bursts in tears and faints
St Petersburg some days later at a funneral service for the admiral and the others killed Nicholas Alexandra and Maria Fed (correction to my earlier posting it looks like she was in Russia at this time later on in the war she was elsewhere) and many VIPs are there, many are in tears including N, AF and MF.
Later Nicholas is writing in his diary:This morning came news of an expressible sadness all say long I could think of nothing but this terrible blow...may the will of god be done in all things, but we poor mortals must beg mercy of the lord.
A Salon a few days later:
Naval officer 1: what a disater! Marakov was the only real Admiral in our navy and he is dead! Also besides the petropalovsk being sunk anthor battleship the pobieda has also been damaged by a mine. What shall we do!
Naval officer 2: It looks like the british did a good job of training the japanese navy.
Army officer 1: Don't worry sailors the russian army will drive those monkeys back into the sea!
Lady 1: Besides Admiral marakov Russia lost one of it's best war artists Vesli Verestchagin who the Tsar commissioned to paint the war.
Lady 2: Yes, I will never forget his picture from the Turkish war which show dead and dying men in the distance and in the forground has the russian headquarters covered with empty champagne bottles and rags of harlots.
Lady3: does anyone know how cyril Vladimerich is doing?
Lady 1: he was badly wounded but survived the sinking of the Petropavlovsk.
Lady 3: and how is his brother Boris?
Lady 1: He started crying and then fainted when he saw his brothers ship sink. After he was revived he got drunk and was found walking around in a nurses uniform singing loudly>
Lady 2: God help us with people like this running the war!
authors note: believe it or not this is mostly form "Tide at Sunrise"
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 13, 2012, 09:02:20 PM
Impressive James. We are fortunate to have your expert level contributions. I've been dragging my feet here a little bit in terms of the writing but I'm still reading and taking notes and will have more shortly. Nice to know I can pretty much ignore the war here and have someone else picking up the slack!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on September 14, 2012, 03:38:02 AM
Hello James

Can't resist a few points in my usual fashion!

When the officers are fainting and kneeling in prayer, we need one who keeps his head and rushes off to get boats launched to pick up survivors. We can then see a boat rowing fruitlessly about because there are so few survivors.

Love the bit about Boris. Can we show him drunk and in a nurse's uniform? And what should he be singing? There is a recording of Boris Christoff singing a mildly saucy song in which a lusty fellow addresses an initially hesitant maiden called Nastassia.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on September 14, 2012, 01:55:44 PM
James

How did the Japanese manage to lay a mine so close to the Russian harbour? did they have submarine minelayers by then, or was it a surface ship?

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on September 15, 2012, 04:23:23 AM
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There is a recording of Boris Christoff singing a mildly saucy song in which a lusty fellow addresses an initially hesitant maiden called Nastassia.



Boris and Natasha!?  LOL!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on September 16, 2012, 06:27:47 AM
I tape recorded the Nastassia song from a Radio 4 programme about Christoff, in which the announcer remarks that the song 'is couched in such suggestive terms that it's prehaps a good thing that it's in a foreign language'.

Just the thing for Boris V! And where did he get the nurse's uniform?

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 16, 2012, 08:39:21 PM
April 17, 1903 - Kishinev, Bessarabia

A group of Jews are gathered around their dinner table in the city of Kishinev. A wife, an older teenaged son and daughter and two adolescents are busying themselves cooking and setting the table and awaiting the arrival of their father returning home from work. Moments later we hear a few approaching footsteps up the stairs and a door opens. The father of the household practically stumbles in with a look of bewilderment on his face and clutching at a local newspaper...

Wife: Oh hello dear, how was your day?
Husband (mumbling): We are in trouble...
Wife (startled): What did you say?
Husband: I said...there is going to be trouble.
Wife: I don't understand, what do you mean?
Husband (handing over the newspaper to his wife): Look at this!
Wife (reading briefly as her children look on in hushed silence): A Ukrainian boy was found murdered...another girl was said to be poisoned...?
Oldest Daughter: By whom mama?
Husband: Who knows. But they'll blame us. They always blame us.
Wife: Well dear we have survived through these types of stories before...things usually calm down after a while once the truth comes out.
Husband: None of them want the truth! They wants scapegoats. They want to rid the Russian Empire of the Jews. From the Tsar, to the Ministers, on down. Some of our neighbors even. People who we sell goods to or help with their finances...friends you might call them!
Wife: They'll make a big fuss for a couple of days and then leave us alone.
Husband: Not this time.
Wife (motioning to her two younger children): Allie & Isaac take your bowls of stew into your father's study and eat there, will you please? The adults in the room need to speak alone for a moment.

The children get up quickly and quietly and head into the other room...

Wife: You know Herman, I wish you would keep your thoughts to yourself while the children are in the room. You scare them!
Husband (sitting down at the table): I don't mean to...but I'm not sure how to protect them. I was speaking earlier with Efrem and Jeremiah from the bank. They said that they heard this boy...Rybachenko...was probably killed by his own father in a fit of rage. And this girl committed suicide at the hospital and was not poisoned.
Wife (reading on in disgust): The paper claims the Jews killed them to use their blood in preparation of matzo for the coming Passover...filthy blood libel!
Older Son: It is ridiculous. Won't people see through these claims father? They cannot possibly believe all that they read in this and age...
Husband: My greatest fear is that it won't matter to them. Many, if not most, already don't believe these lies. But they'll act as though they do.
Older Daughter: I don't understand.
Husband: They'll pretend to believe our guilt so they can use it as an excuse to show their hatred once again and get rid of us once and for all.
Wife: Your father is right. They don't like us.
Older Son: Where will we go?
Husband: I don't know. I fear what could happen to us if we travel any further east.
Wife: These fools are not going to drive us from our home!
Husband: If we stay it might be too late. It's Easter for the Christians on Sunday. What are we to do if an angry mob organizes after they come from their morning mass?
Older Daughter: Won't the police do something then?
Husband: I would not count on it. They've turned their heads and betrayed us before...maybe it won't be so bad this time. But we'll only know for sure if things are to get out of hand in he first place.
Wife: Your father and I will discuss what to do after dinner. Lets eat now...Eidel, please call your brother and sister back in to the table.
Eidel (Older Daughter): Yes mother.

Scene cuts away. Next we see an angry mob of several dozen on Easter Sunday. They are marching through the streets on Kishinev shouting anti-semitic slurs. In the foreground a woman and her child are grabbed by two young men and thrown to the ground. The camera focuses in on another couple of Yiddish men being beaten senselessly by four others in an alley way. Suddenly windows are heard breaking on either sides of the main streets. Panes of glass with Hebrew lettering are shattered by men and even young boys throwing rocks. Torches are tossed into several buildings and fires spread rapidly. All the while other Jewish men, women and children are showed scampering across roads and alley ways in panic and terror trying to escape harm.

Moments later we see several police approach the main avenue on horse back. A couple of them are charged up and even blow their whistles having seen the rampant disorder. But the sergeant/captain turns to face his men, puts up his right arm and shouts out the following...

Sergeant: We are here only to monitor the situation and have been given direct orders not to intervene. The Minister of the Interior speaking on behalf of the Tsar himself has encouraged this pogrom based on the murder and atrocities brought to our community by the Jews...do not assist with the looting or break up the fighting. We must allow the rightfully angry the opportunity for some small measure of revenge so long as things do not get too far out of hand.

The camera angle is lifted upward and pans down on several blocks of the city now engulfed in a full scale pogrom. Smoke pours out from burning buildings while innocent civilians are be chased by roving gangs equipped with clubs, knives, torches, etc, and are often beaten mercilessly. The chaos ensues as the scene fades out.


Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on September 17, 2012, 03:53:52 AM
Nitpicking yet again!

I like your scene generally, but perhaps it would be an idea to run it by an observant Jew to check that it fits with Jewish domestic usage. I'm not sure whether things like laying the table would be done by both sexes.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 17, 2012, 11:00:57 AM
Nitpicking yet again!

I like your scene generally, but perhaps it would be an idea to run it by an observant Jew to check that it fits with Jewish domestic usage. I'm not sure whether things like laying the table would be done by both sexes.

Ann

I think that would be appropriate too. A little bit of polish for the dialogue is surely needed.

Being as how I have this family conversation taking place on a Friday I'd also need to incorporate Shabbat into the setting. Either that or I could simply have this take place on the Thursday before Easter instead, but I rather like the idea of showing a Jewish ritual post-conversation but before the pogroms that take place on Easter Sunday. Some type of scene similar to Schindler's List just prior to the liquidation of the ghettos.

Ann I'm not certain about gender roles in setting the table or serving the food. I do know that women light the ceremonial candles approximately eighteen minutes before sundown. I'd like to show the lightning of the candles perhaps just prior to the husband/father's arrival home. After their conversation I might show the family unified in prayer and preparing to eat their challah loaves, drink their wine and feast on their soups and stews. The table setting would likely be a nice white tablecloth, the best dishes and silverware the family owned would also be used, and a lovely floral arrangement.

Quick side note: Chisinau (formerly known as Kishinev) had a Jewish population that composed around 46% of it's 110-115,000 inhabitants around the turn of the 20th century. It's now a much larger city but with sadly a barely traceable Jewish population. 723,500 residents according to 2012 census estimates and less than half of one percent of that total are Jews. They managed to stand up to the horrific pogroms between 1903-05 and even the Russian Revolution that encourage mass diaspora from many other regions. By 1940 their population had grown to over 60,000 in the city. On July 17th (familiar date anyone?), 1941 some ten thousand Jews were rounded up by German and Romanian troops during World War II and murdered. Many more would go "missing" over the next several months. That marked the true beginning of the end of Jewish occupied Kishinev.

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on September 17, 2012, 04:53:38 PM
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Quick side note: Chisinau (formerly known as Kishinev) had a Jewish population that composed around 46% of it's 110-115,000 inhabitants around the turn of the 20th century. It's now a much larger city but with sadly a barely traceable Jewish population. 723,500 residents according to 2012 census estimates and less than half of one percent of that total are Jews. They managed to stand up to the horrific pogroms between 1903-05 and even the Russian Revolution that encourage mass diaspora from many other regions. By 1940 their population had grown to over 60,000 in the city. On July 17th (familiar date anyone?), 1941 some ten thousand Jews were rounded up by German and Romanian troops during World War II and murdered. Many more would go "missing" over the next several months. That marked the true beginning of the end of Jewish occupied Kishinev.

Add to that, towards the end of his life, Stalin grew more and more hostile to the Jews as well.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Robert_Hall on September 17, 2012, 05:23:13 PM
Stalin was a paranoid tyrant. He was suspicious of  everyone. He used people when he needed them a threw therm away as used tissues.
 Yet, he is still a hero to many Russians fir fight against the Nazis. Hard to tel which was worse.
 Still, the pogroms started under the Romanovs, long before him.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on September 18, 2012, 01:12:12 AM
I have a Georgian friend, and her father is of the view that Stalin was a tyrant, but he was a Georgian tyrant!

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 19, 2012, 11:47:37 PM
Alright here we go. I'm taking my first stab and posting a couple of what are sure to be at least a few scenes on this crucial chapter of the story. James seems to have a good handle on the scenes involving the Russo-Japanese War so I'm going to let him run with that for now. I think we need to elaborate a bit more on the birth of Alexei and the revelation of his disease. We have two or three good scenes but I feel like more is required. I'm also pondering an introduction for Rasputin who first arrived in St. Petersburg in 1903 and would have been introduced to the IF in 1905.

January 19, 1905 - St. Petersburg

Tensions continue to mount as workers disgusted by the war, ministers, their jobs, and the quality of their lives seek the ear of the Tsar and to lobby for his assistance. In steps Father Georgy Gapon who has been visiting several factories, offices, and the living quarters of working class and poor Russians across St. Petersburg. He has taken it upon himself to organize a massive protest and hand deliver a petition, full of grievances and pleas, to the Tsar himself. Our next shows Gapon elevated above he large crowd of gatherers in one of several living quarters he has visited that day...

Father Gapon: I have been spreading the word from location to location. It's time we act. The Tsar needs to hear directly from his people. In three days a large gathering of your fellow countrymen will join me in a peaceful demonstration. I am told that the Tsar is staying at the Winter Palace. We shall walk there as one unified group and present to his Majesty a list of reforms that we seek. We are hoping that he will meet and speak in person with myself and other representatives.

Crowd murmurs can be head. Some seem taken with the idea whereas others are skeptical...

Man #1: You want us to plan for a revolution in three days?
Father Gapon: No, no! This is not a revolution...this is a peaceful protest. We seek to honor Nicholas. The father of our country. If we can convince him to hear us and speak with us I believe a great many changes can be made for the better of the Russian people.
Man #2: I'm all for it. You say you have spoken with others who have agreed to join you?
Woman #1 (interrupting): What about the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. Shouldn't they be with us too?
Father Gapon: Absolutely not. No revolutionaries, and no armed civilians. We come in peace. We will be checking each marcher before starting out for the palace on Sunday. We cannot allow anyone to jeopardize what we seek to accomplish here. Once shots are fired and violence breaks out it's all over...in fact I have already sent letters informing the government of our upcoming procession.

More murmuring and discussions among the crowd...

Father Gapon (loudly): Fellow Russians look around you! Our country is in chaos. Tsar Nicholas is under siege and losing control. This war with Japan has been a disaster. Some 800,000 workers have been on strike in the last month. A few days ago our entire city was without any newspapers and electricity. The guards won't let us go anywhere in the wake of all of this chaos. It's freezing and many of you go hungry! How much more of this can we take?
Man #3: What's in this petition of yours?
Father Gapon: A list of grievances. The Tsar cannot be fully aware of what torments his people.
Woman #2: It's the fault of his ministers. They don't understand a damn thing!
Father Gapon: Yes, I agree. And for you dear woman we shall ask the Tsar for universal suffrage. Every Russian adult has the right to work and be paid a fair wage. We all need better working conditions and a shorter work day.
Man #4 (holding his small son and daughter in his arms): Well...what do we have to lose? It's been twenty four years since Alexander the Liberator died. Since then all we have seen are things getting worse. Look at my children. My boy and girl are hungry! Their mother cannot work and their father cannot make enough to provide for them no matter how long I work and how hard I try...I don't want them to have to face the same world as man and woman that we have had to deal with.
Woman #3: We must at least ask for change! The Tsar is decent. He loves us...he just doesn't understand us.
Man #2: Lets go make him understand!

The crowd now in an uproar as Father Gapon makes his way down to the crowd to hand out leaflets with instructions for the Sunday protest. The scene cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 19, 2012, 11:48:05 PM
Later on the Saturday evening a group of Ministers gather to discuss plans for how best to handle the situation. Gapon has made them aware of his attentions to lead a peaceful demonstration towards the Winter Palace. Minister of the Interior Price Pyotr Sviatopolk-Mirskii, Minister of Finance Count Vladimir Kokovtsov, Minister of of Justice Sergey Manukhin, Ministers of War Viktor Sakharov and Count Sergei Witte are all gathered around a table in a semi-circle smoking and sipping vodka...

Witte: I've warned the Tsar of situations like these.
Sakharov (sarcastically): Yes Witte, always the cautious fellow you are.
Witte: I don't think it wise for us to send him away. This procession...
Mirskii (interrupting): Ah! Procession...is that what we are calling it now? Sounds like an angry and potentially dangerous mob of common Russians to me.
Witte: This "mob" of yours is not being led by some radical revolutionary Mr. Mirskii. It's being led by a priest.
Mirskii (laughing): Oh lord. Revolutionaries come in all shapes and sizes these days Mr. Minister.
Witte: I'm saying that by all accounts it is to be a peaceful demonstration and the Tsar himself would have been wise to meet with this Father Gapon.
Mirskii: Meet with him? I could maybe see him being here to receive this silly petition, but meeting with such a man is out of the question. Nicholas II doesn't take meetings at this level...hell gentleman we don't even take meetings at this level!
Kokovtsov: Well I must say that this is quite a first week for you Mr. Minister of Justice.
Manukhin (smiling): Yes it's quite something. I just can't stop thinking about what happens afterwards. Surely we'll have to make at least a few arrests.
Sakharov: Not if they are as peaceful as some of us in this room believe they will be.
Manukhin: Yes I suppose that's true. Still I wonder, and forgive me gentleman, but could we not have recommended another member of the Imperial Family stay at the Winter Palace to receive Gapon?
Kokovtsov: It was discussed but the Tsar would hear none of it. Nicholas is not one to pass along responsibility to his brother Mikhail Alexandrovich or anyone else. It's either he or no one.
Mirskii: The Tsar was right to take our advice in leaving for Tsarskeo Selo. We know little of this Father Gapon and have no idea how dangerous these protesters might be. I've decided to bring in additional troops for protection.
Witte: Stirring pot are we Mirskii?
Mirskii: More like not taking any chances Minister Witte. I've been informed that estimates for the expected crowd to be at around 120,000, maybe more. Gapon claims they are unarmed and peaceful, but even if I did trust him why would anyone believe that he could control such a massive crowd?
Sakharov: The crowd will be gathering at multiple points around the city and descend upon the Palace.
Manukhin: It all sounds very dangerous. While I agree with Minister Witte's sentiment I also think precautions must be taken. This government has been the victim of too much chaos and destruction in recent months.
Sakharov: And all in the midst of a war no less...what ever happened to national unity?
Witte (getting up from his chair): Just make sure your troops don't get trigger happy...with that gentleman I must take my leave. We'll no doubt be speaking to one another tomorrow. Lets pray that cooler heads prevail, shall we?

A mumbling of "good nights" to the minister can be hard as he departs. The camera focuses back on the four remaining ministers in silence for a moment and the scene cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on September 20, 2012, 04:10:17 AM
Ah, we're leading up to Bloody Sunday, I see.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 20, 2012, 08:55:55 AM
Ah, we're leading up to Bloody Sunday, I see.

Yeah it's about that time. I have a bit more to read still and there might be a fact or two that appears to change how I'd structure a conversation involving Gapon, ministers, guards & troops, etc.

One of the more difficult things I need to come up with is how to present Nicholas with the news of the mass killings. I think that the scene between Witte (Olivier) and Nicholas (Jayson) in "Nicholas & Alexandra" was one of the best in the entire film..."Hundreds dead, maybe more. Nobody ordered it"..."YOU ASK ME!", "YOU ASK ME!" 

We'll just have to come up with something a little different I guess.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 20, 2012, 05:57:00 PM
I am glad you all like my posts. Here is some more historical stuff: The Petropavlosk's wreck was found last year and i posted it on the Russian history section of this site. 27 officers aand 652 men were killed when the ship sank. 7 officers and 73 men survived and were picked up by boats from nearby russian ships . The mines were laid by japanese ships the night before. As far as I know while both navies did have submarines there were no submarine combat operations during this war.
back to the mini:
Naval Officer 1: I understand some Americans think that the Japanese attacking us with out a declaration of war was a good idea!
Naval officer 2: They wouldn't have thought this to be such a good idea if they were attacked by the japanese without declaring war.
Historical note: there were Americans in 1904 who did think this was a good idea. That is until 7 December 1941 when the japanese attacked the US without declaring war. I just had to add this.
the mini:
Scene: Nicholas and a pregnet Alexandra are passing out to dparting troops tin images of St Seraphim of Serov. The soldiers look confusingly at the new icon as they walk off. Off to one side two officers are whispering:
Officer 1: Who is this St Seraphim anyway?
Officer 2: A hermit monk and healer of the 18th century who has just been cantonized by the holy Synod.
Officer 1: The soldiers are not inspired by it. They would have prefered old st Nicholas who was with them in many other wars.
Note: In the movie Nicholas and Alexandra there is a scene at the begining where they are blessing the soldiers as they go off to war. the above is from "Tide at Sunrise" just thought you'd like to know.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 21, 2012, 08:58:10 AM
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Historical note: there were Americans in 1904 who did think this was a good idea. That is until 7 December 1941 when the japanese attacked the US without declaring war. I just had to add this.

No I agree, good job with this. I love these type of premonition snap shot type scenes in films. An example of one from a movie I watched again just recently was the end scene of "Munich" where the camera focuses in on the, then still standing, World Trade Center.

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Note: In the movie Nicholas and Alexandra there is a scene at the begining where they are blessing the soldiers as they go off to war. the above is from "Tide at Sunrise" just thought you'd like to know.

I do remember that. The one soldier is overcome with emotion a begins kissing Nicholas's feet. The guards intervene but Nicholas's orders them to back off and embraces the man before he is sent away. I think Alexandra (Suzman) is obsessed about getting home to Tsarskoe Selo as Alexei has had another bleeding attack.

But I never knew it was St. Seraphim whose likeness was on those blessing cards they handing out. Interesting. I've already done a couple of scenes showing Seraphim's mystical pre-Rasputin influence over the IF so this ties in quite nicely. 
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 21, 2012, 09:09:31 PM
On the North bank of the yalu River 2 Russian officers are looking across it at the japanese:
Officer1: Something is not right! those bushes across the river look like they have moved from last week!
Officer 2: i don't see anything unusual. You must be seeing things. Anyway we have nothing to fear from the japanese.
Scenes Russian Guns and tents are out in the open for all to see behind the bushes across the river are hidden japanese Guns and behind the hills are japanese howitzers. Then the Russians spot 2 Japanese boats and open fire on them. Thehidden japanese guns open up and soon destroy the Russian guns. That night a russian general sends a message to his commander Lt Gen Zasulitch that they need to retreat. He arragantly refuses. That night the japanese cross the river upstream of the Russian positions. After daylight the japanese guns open fire and knock out the remaining russian artillery. The Japanese troops cross the river. Russian volley rifle fire is not that effective. The Japanese overun the Russians who flee. meanwhile the Japanese flanking force cut the Russians off who surrender.
Shortly afterwards two Russian officers discuss what happened:
Officer 1: What a humiliation! how could the japanese defeat us!?
Officer 2: General Zasulitch had orders from General Kuropatkin to delay the enemy and avoid combat with a superior force. The Govenror Admiral Alexeiev ordered him to defend the river line. Zasulitch being contemptous of the japanese decided to defend the river.
Officer 1: Is he related to the terrorist Vera Zasulitch?
Officer 2: he's her brother.
Officer 1: How in Gods name di he ever make general?
Officer 2: Well he did win the Order of St george in the turkish war.
Officer 1: Well it looks like the rail line to port Arthur will soon be cut and no doubt the fortress will face a siege. Are they well supplied?
officer 2: They have plenty of ammunition, food for several months and vodka to last them for a few years.
Officer 1: What!?
Officer 2: in order to avoid paying excise taxes given to us by Witte many merchants moved there vodka stocks to Manchuria. Entire trainloads of the stuff was sent here. An there are mountains of the stuff at Arthur. After the war started large amounts of it were still shipped there.
Officer 1: Instead of food and ammunition?
Officer 2: Sadly yes.
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Post by: Kalafrana on September 22, 2012, 06:35:12 AM
This is good, especially the vodka.

So Vera Zasulitch must have come from a pretty upper-crust family?

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on September 22, 2012, 10:55:52 AM
Nice scenes, James.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 24, 2012, 11:12:03 AM
January 22, 1905 - Winter Palace, St. Petersburg

"Bloody Sunday" has arrived. Our next scene shows a Cossack messenger galloping towards three colonels on horseback stationed in front of their infantry guarding the Winter Palace. He reports on what he has seen of the approaching crowd led by Father Gapon...

Cossack (nearly out of breath): Troops have ordered the march to disperse but they aren't listening.
Colonel #1: Gapon?
Cossack: Yes he is out in front. They should be arriving at the square within minutes.
Colonel #2: You say they aren't following orders. Do they seem violent?
Cossack: No they seem confused.
Colonel #1: Gapon has these people mesmerized. They don't know what they're doing or what is about to happen!
Colonel #2: Poor fools don't even realize the Tsar isn't even here.
Colonel #3: If he thinks he's passing through our lines with nothing more than a white flag, a petition, and a ringing chorus of "God Save the Tsar" he's sorely mistaken.
Colonel #2: Yes for a man claiming to come in peace he's using some pretty inflammatory language.
Colonel #3: Oh?
Colonel #2: Yes I hear he's calling the government despotic and irresponsible...says they are a bunch of crooks and robbers exploiting the Russian people.
Colonel #1: Sounds to me like he's after revenge. I'm telling my men to lock and load. This could get out of hand quickly.
Cossack (turning to one of the colonels, Federov): What are your orders sir?
Colonel #3: You will accompany me. I want to greet this Father Gapon. Just as we discussed gentleman.
Colonel #2: We need to make a show of force!
Colonel #3: First I will ride up to confront them. Once they see us standing firm and are given word that the Tsar is not here to receive them they might lose interest and turn around...come with me (turning to the Cossack guard).

The colonel and Cossack guard are shown galloping off into the distance across the square where they prepare to confront Father Gapon and the procession...

Colonel #1: Gapon really can't be this foolish. An unarmed citizenry with women and children in the crowd up against the Imperial guard?
Colonel #2 (interrupting): I think I can hear the march.
Colonel #1 (pausing to listen): They're singing.
Colonel #2 (turning to face the guards): Alright men this is what we have been preparing for. Once they approach the square we will march towards them slowly. Should Colonel Federov fail to convince them to turn around we will make a show of force. But do not fire on the crowd unless I give the order!

The scene shifts to the massive procession making it's way closer to the Winter Palace. An icy wind and flurries do little to deter the enthusiasm of the crowd who chants "God Save the Tsar" and is locked arm in arm. Many hold icons of Nicholas II, religious banners and crosses. Federov is noticeably amazed and frightened by the size of the crowd and the speed in which they march. He along with a few other Cossack guards and Hussars shout instructions to disperse but their voices are drowned out by singing and fall on deaf ears. We focus briefly back onto the crowd who is approaching the Palace Square...

Man #1: Father Gapon the soldiers are approaching.
Father Gapon: Do not fear. Once we get closer to they'll receive me and escort me to the Tsar.
Woman #1: I do not see Nicholas.
Father Gapon: He must be inside the palace.

The crowd begins to quiet down but they continue to move forward. Gapon can be heard shouting out to the troops and guards "We are hear to speak with the Tsar! We come in peace!" holding up his petition in clear view. Suddenly the troops stop. One row gets down on a knee while second tucks in behind, standing...they raise their riffles and point them towards the crowd.

Seeing the sudden show of force Father Gapon stretches his arms out to either side and the tells the crowd, "Stop! Stop!" Another woman can be heard yelling "what are they doing" and is responded to be a male voice in the crowd who says "it looks like they are preparing to fire". The crowd behind is unaware of the developments and cannot hear Gapon's pleas to stop in their tracks. They pack themselves in behind forcing the Gapon and those at the front of the line to keep moving forward, albeit slowly.

Suddenly a frantic looking colonel can be seen giving the signal to open fire. Gapon screams out "No!" as several shots begin to ring out. Several people fall instantly and shrieks of horror can be heard. Gapon is still yelling as he tucks himself in behind the lifeless bodies of his fallen comrades. The crowd is in a panic and, unarmed, they quickly begin to retreat. Multiple screams of "The Tsar will not help us!" and "Nicholas wants us dead" can be heard. Many in the process are carrying their children and wounded loved ones across the blood stained snow filled with debris. In the midst of the chaos shots continue to fire even as another colonel desperately yells out "cease fire" to his troops. The camera focuses in on a blood stained and bullet riddled icon of Nicholas II before the scene momentarily cuts away...

Flashforward to a few minutes later and the barrage of gun fire has now gone silent. Cries can be heard throughout the remaining crowd as the living tend to their wounded or killed loved ones. A husband and wife still carrying their toddler aged daughter lean over the body of their dead son. Others stagger about calling for assistance from medical workers who are overwhelmed by the carnage. Sledges can be seen carrying corpses away from the square.

Gapon was forced to flee the scene and managed to escape arrest having been fired on near Narva Gate. The next scene shifts to him addressing his workers in a meeting hall the following evening. Many in attendance sport bandages from the wounds they have received either from being shot or trampled on by the crowd. Some are angry but most bewildered as they listen intently to Father Gapon's address and his sudden change of attitude...


Father Gapon: Blood brothers! Innocent blood has been shed! The bullets of the Tsar's soldiers have riddled our portraits and our bodies, and they have killed our faith in him. We must heal now. But we then must take revenge for our fallen brothers on the Tsar himself! Cursed by the people and all of his wicked breed! The ministers and all the plunderers of the unhappy Russian land. Death to them all (cheers ring out)! Nicholas the Bloody...cursed by his people forever!

Scene fades out...

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on September 25, 2012, 12:02:12 PM
Yeah, that was a grim incident.  Nicholas wasn't even there when it happened, he was at Tsarskoe Selo.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 25, 2012, 01:16:47 PM
Yeah, that was a grim incident.  Nicholas wasn't even there when it happened, he was at Tsarskoe Selo.

Encouraged to be absent. Nicholas on one hand got unfairly criticized during the time of the massacre itself from those who believed he was stationed at the Winter Palace and essentially gave the order to fire on the procession. On the other hand defenders have unfairly given him a free pass for being not being present when the tragic events took place.

The truth, as is usually the case, seems to lie in the middle. Nicholas wasn't at the Winter Palace and didn't approve of the bloodshed but he was made aware in advance of Father Gapon's plans and the desires of his people to have their petition received and concerns acknowledged. Not even another representative from the family was there to greet Gapon and the procession. That wouldn't have been enough to fully satisfy the masses but it at least might have gone a long way in preventing any violence.

At the same time Nicholas was given a good scare just days earlier after a misfired mortar landed near him and injured one of his men. The government meanwhile had been under siege from terrorists attacks (much of it their own doing) on prominent officials/ministers over the past few years. There was probably good reason for Nicholas and his advisers to be concerned. Gapon on the other hand was foolish to believe that his massive march toward the palace square would not be met with some type of resistance...all at the same time he managed to drum up support by falsely convincing his followers that the Tsar would be at the Winter Palace waiting to receive him and accept his petition.

It was a combination of poor judgement and poor communication on both sides. The main difference being that one side was armed and in charge.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Robert_Hall on September 25, 2012, 02:30:54 PM
Ultimately, though, Nichaolas II was responsible. It was HIS governement, HIS  Guards , HIS country and HIS people. The man, IMO was a dunce.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 25, 2012, 03:25:00 PM
Ultimately, though, Nichaolas II was responsible. It was HIS governement, HIS  Guards , HIS country and HIS people. The man, IMO was a dunce.

I've always been a bit kinder to him than to call him a dunce but he certainly was a failure as a Tsar. There is always much to take into account. As I've said before it is my belief that even a good Tsar would not have been strong enough to save the throne or effectively lead over a divided public full of revolutionary tendencies. Nor would they have been able to steer the Empire safely through a World War the likes of WWI. It was probably better off for Russia that the Ivan, Peter and Catherine the Great's (maybe even Alexander II) reigned when they did instead of wasting their collective talents on what was such a hopeless period.

I see Nicholas as an ordinary man of perhaps slightly above average intellect (at least when compared to the population of Russia as a whole). He would not have been a worthy candidate for high office had he been raised into a republican society, nor we he have actively sought such a position. His true calling lie elsewhere from the path that his destiny unfortunately lead.

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on September 25, 2012, 04:08:43 PM
The poor guy was just leader at the wrong time and place, it seems.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Stardust on September 26, 2012, 08:02:30 AM
Good scene. I can definitely imagine how it plays out.  Good work edubs31.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 27, 2012, 07:16:22 PM
The road to the Russo-japanese war part 2 see reply 519
2 Russian officails are talking about how and why the Russo-Japanese War started in early 1904:
Official 1: How on earth did this war happen?
Offiical 2: In the 1900 China war Russia and many other nations sent in troops. We used this opportunetly to pretty much ocupy Manchuria. In 1902 the british and the japanese signed an alliance. Which upset a number of people here.
scene: a angry Nicholas saying "The Englishman is a jew" note he did say this a few times and I think this would be one of them but there is no record of his reaction to this treaty. I also don't think he said this when Alexandra was around.
Official 1: In April of that year we signed a convention with the Chinese to start withdrawing our forces from manchuria.
Official 2: Late that same year there was a high level meeting where it was decided that we either had to annex Manchuria or withdraw. All of them including Witte urged Annexation. In Febuary 1903 Nicholas agreed to annexation.
Offiicial 1: and in August of that year Witte is fired.
Official 2: After that it seemed like or far Eat policy drifted like a ship without a rudder. The Japanese ambasator Kurino went around St Petersburg trying to work out spheres of influence but, no one talked to him. Meanwhile we had a group of adventurers out trying to exploit the timber resources of korea.
Official 1: and nobody thought the japanese would dare go to war with us.

Note: i realize Nicholas above comment may be controversal.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 27, 2012, 08:12:31 PM
Hey James, as far as the Nicholas comment goes I think there is a way to keep it but add a little context. Instead of having him just say "the Englishman is a Jew" in anger and quickly cutting away why not have it be part of a longer sentence addressing the situation and showing the Tsar's displeasure.

As far as the rest goes I like it. One small change I would make is to have a third officer in the discussion. Officer #1 should ask "how on earth did the war happen", and officer's #2 and 3 should take turns explaining to him the details that you have written.

I'll have more to add in the next day or two. Going to shift the focus to Nicholas's reaction to "Bloody Sunday" and then start the build up to the October Manifesto. Thanks for the compliment too Stardust :-)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on September 28, 2012, 04:54:03 PM
You are right 31. Second thoughts i could have:
Offical 2: could have said this "upset" a number of people here. Some accounts have the Tsar in a rage and saying "The Englishman is a Jew!" Which is so unlike him normaly he doesn't get that way.

This is based on what is in The Russian Revolution  by R Pipes on Nicholas and Alexandra's political beliefs ect.
Nicholas walks in to his bedroom after work and finds Alexandra:
Alexandra: and how was your day dear?
Nicholas: Not to bad except Witte mentioned "Public Oppion" and I replyed "and what is public oppion to me!"
Alexandra: Well I am glad you put him in his place remember you and Russia are the same!
Nicholas: Yes Sunny, Public oppion, St Petersburg society, and the Intelligencia (Nicholas makes a ugly face) the latter word needs to be erased from the Russian dictionary!
Alexandra: You are quite right nicky they are a wall erected between us and the Russian people who adore us.

This is from the book "In Wars Dark Shadow" W Bruce Lincoln who doesn't Nicholas and Alexandra at all some info on the "adoring people"
Scene 1: peasants living the countryside poor,dirty, diseased,ect living in squalor
Scene 2: A factory men,women and children working long hours under dirty, dangerous ect conditions, not getting paid very much and living in squalor. Strikes being put down by the police or gendarmes or soldiers.
Scene 3: Bei Zhidov! Smash the Kikes! This is what a gang of out of town ruffians shouted when they arrived at a local railroad station in Russia. They are soon joined by a mob of local workers and peasants yelling get the Kikes! bash them! surge through the streets looting jewish stores, raping jewish women, killing and beating Jewish men. While the local police (usually) stand idly by. A day or two later a detachment of soldiers or gendarmes arrives and puts a stop to it.

I realize the above may be a little controvercial. i will be getting back to the R-J war.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 28, 2012, 05:10:03 PM
No it's fine. The last part I've already addressed is all. It's important to show the pogroms and general antisemitism but I don't want our storyline devoured by it. There will be enough violence to show without it.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 30, 2012, 09:27:49 AM
Still hammering away on "Bloody Sunday". The tragedy has occurred and now we focus on the aftermath.

January 22, 1905 – Tsarskoe Selo

Next scene shows several men in a room breaking the news of the bloody massacre to Tsar Nicholas II. Among them are Minister's Mirskii, Kokovtsov, Manukhin, Sakharov, and Witte. Nicholas, told of the news only moments earlier, is shown pacing behind his desk and taking turns looking at those in the room while intermittently peering out the window...

Nicholas (staggering around in virtual shock): How many casualties?
Sakharov: Hundreds dead your majesty. Maybe more. The bodies are still being counted.
Nicholas: And who ordered the first shots fired?
Sakharov: There was great confusion sir. It happened rather spontaneously…
Witte (interrupting): No one ordered it.
Nicholas (turning and glaring): Well someone is responsible!
Witte: Sire this tragedy is the fulfillment of my very worst fears.
Nicholas: No one has explained to me yet how in God's name this could have happened!
Kokovtsov: Your majesty I'm not certain it could have been avoided. The crowds were large and unruly. Our guards panicked...
Nicholas (interrupting): Our guards are supposed to be trained professionals as are those who command them...as are you gentleman! You run this government! I want to know who is responsible dammit!

A pause and silence follows as most in the room are looking down as to avoid eye contact with their Tsar. Suddenly from in behind Mirskii steps forward...

Mirskii: I'm responsible your majesty (looking at the Tsar and around at his collegues). This is a disaster and someone needs to come forward and bear the blame.
Kokovtsov: Oh Mirskii, please...your majesty we all share in the responsibility.
Mirskii: It was I who recommended additional troops and ultimately it was the troops who exceeded the orders.
Kokovtsov: You were doing what you believed was necessary to protect the government. We all were!
Nicholas: I should not have accepted being sent back to Tsarskeo Selo. This all could have been avoided!
Witte: Forgive me sire but how is that you believe all of this could have been avoided if you had simply been at the Winter Palace when Gapon's processions arrived?
Nicholas: I could have met with them. Or I could have taken his petition, read it, and let them go in peace...I never had the option to.
Witte: It was decided for your protection not to be present...but your majesty, had you been at the palace would it really have made any difference? You weren't going to receive this man and you've made it perfectly clear that you have no intention of meeting their list of demands.

Nicholas leaning over his desk and looking around red faced and angry but silent for the time being stands up and makes his way back over to a nearby window...

Nicholas (quietly): What do I do gentlemen?
Witte: I think you must publicly disassociate yourself from the massacre. The troops fired without orders. That’s what you’ll say.
Nicholas: I don’t want to place the blame at their feet.
Witte: Replace the Governor-General of St. Petersburg for starters. Fullon must be sacrificed as the people will demand a scapegoat. General Dmitry Trepov has been waiting in the wings for quite some time now and I believe he will serve you well your majesty.
Manukhin: I agree with Minister Witte your majesty. I’ve also had some discussions with the General and believe that perhaps it might be a good idea to meet with several representatives from the procession.
Nicholas: Gapon?
Manukhin: No I wouldn’t think it wise to meet with him but perhaps a group of workers that can voice the concerns of Gapon and crowd in its entirety.
Sakharov: Yes sire nothing more would be required of you. Just sit down and speak to them. That alone would go a long way in easing tensions.
Nicholas: An opportunity to teach my people a lesson or two I suppose. They are good willed but susceptible and have this tendency to get carried away.
Sakharov: You’d be doing a great thing for the honor of your troops by standing up for them.
Nicholas: Very well…set it up.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on September 30, 2012, 09:36:45 AM
Scene cuts away quickly to show Alexandra in the midst of sending a letter while taking tea in her drawing room. She is in despair and speaks aloud to her sister Ella while scribbling together her note intended for the Queen of England…

Alexandra: The Queen mustn’t believe all the horrors the foreign papers are bound to write. They make one’s hair stand on end with their foul exaggerations.
Elisabeth: Yes, the troops were obliged to fire. Repeatedly the crowd was told to retreat and that Nicky was not in town.
Alexandra: One would be forced to shoot, but they would not heed and so blood was shed. Alexandra must know.
Elisabeth (embracing her tearful sister): Alix dear the Queen of England will understand…it’s the Empress of Russia that I’m more worried about!
Alexandra: She’ll realize the crisis we are going through. Poor Nicky’s cross is a heavy one to bear, all the more as he has nobody on whom he can thoroughly rely and who can be a real help to him.
Elisabeth: He has you dear sister, and the Dowager Empress…and myself and his uncle Serge for that matter.
Alexandra: Thank you, yes it’s true. But he’s had so many bitter disappointments.
Elisabeth: Through it all he remains brave and full of faith in God’s mercy.
Alexandra: Indeed. The bad are always close at hand and the others through false humility keep in the background. We shall try to see more people, but it is difficult...at night before bed I get on my knees and I pray to God to give me wisdom to help him in his heavy task.
Elisabeth: Violence is spreading throughout the country. But the government will regain control and things will subside.
Alexandra: And all for a silly petition! Did you know it only had two questions,two, concerning the workmen? All the rest was atrocious.
Elisabeth: What do the people ask?
Alexandra: A separation of church from the government and other nonsense. Had a small deputation come forward concerning the needs of only the workers themselves just think what could have been avoided.
Elisabeth: I don’t doubt it.
Alexandra (as he camera focuses in): Petersburg is a rotten town, not one atom Russian. The Russian people are deeply and truly devoted to the Sovereign. The Revolutionaries use his name for provoking them against their landlords…but I don’t know how…[pause]…how I wish I was clever and could be of real use. I love my adopted country. It’s so young, powerful and has so much good in it. But it is utterly unbalanced and childlike. Poor Nicky, he has a bitter, hard life to lead. Had his father seen more men, drawn them around him, we should have had lots to fill the necessary posts. Now only old men or quite young ones preside…there is no one to turn to.
Elisabeth: Come now Alix. There is no more to be said. Let us embrace the Tsar and give to him whatever it is that we can offer in these trying times.
Aliexandra (smiling and reaching out to hold her hand): Yes, indeed. Bless you dear Ella.

Scene cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on September 30, 2012, 03:38:07 PM
Alexandra sure had a way of seeing only what she wanted to see, it seems.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 01, 2012, 08:33:06 AM
Alexandra sure had a way of seeing only what she wanted to see, it seems.

Uh huh. That particular scene was taken almost exclusively from a letter that she actually did write to the Queen following the massacre. I feel like part of it could have based off a discussion she had with someone close to her. I chose Ella, but could have inserted any number of characters. I also chose her big sister because we are nearing the death of Serge as well and thought it would be a good time to bring her back into the story...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 01, 2012, 12:03:29 PM
Yeah, it was not until an argument over Rasputin that the two sisters would never speak again.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 02, 2012, 03:15:52 PM
January 26, 1905 - Tsarskoe Selo

We quickly shift to a scene featuring the new Governor-General Dmitri Feodorovich Trepov and Minister Kokovstov discussing with Nicholas the next steps to be taken in the wake of the tragedy. We pick things up in the middle of a conversation...

Kokovstsov: These unfortunate circumstances will have repercussions for Russia your majesty.
Nicholas: Such as?
Kokovstsov: Well our standing in the world has been diminished somewhat in the wake of these killings. I imagine that it will also be more difficult to negotiate loans from Paris and Berlin.
Nicholas: The French people love me. The government of France respects us as well...and as far as Berlin is concerned you may be forgetting that I'm closely related to the Kaiser.
Kokovstsov (hesitantly): Yes, well, of course you are right sire...I just worry about their perceptions.
Nicholas: We are closely aligned with the British. The Empress has been in contact with the Queen and they agree that the government of England won't be sucked in by the rubbish being printed by their free press.
Trepov: The only thing that ought to concern us for the moment are the perceptions of the people. It is they who need their minds put at ease.
Nicholas (grinning while puffing on a cigarette): Yes Mr. Minister the Governor-General thinks it wise for me to meet with a delegation representing these demonstrators.
Kokovstsov: Yes your majesty we have discussed this.
Nicholas: You disagree?
Kokovstsov: I have my doubts sir. It lays us wide open to suspicion and less than flattering propaganda.
Trepov: I think it wise for his majesty to meet with these workers personally. He can show them that he did take their interests to heart and that he would extend to them his personal protection.
Nicholas: I've given it some thought and believe it's not only the smart thing to do but the right thing to do. The people love their sovereign. But in the wake of this disaster and their frustration it's probably a good idea to pacify the working classes by meeting with their representatives.
Trepov: If it makes you feel any better Mr. Minister this will not be an open forum to just anyone. I've already begun selecting a number of factory workers to meet with the Tsar.
Kokovstsov: Hand picked?
Trepov: Yes.
Kokovstsov (reaching into his pocket): Your majesty the workers are unenthusiastic about such an idea and just to show you what I'm taking about...have a look at this gentleman.

Kokovstsov hands to the Tsar a leaflet full of revolutionary propaganda while Trepov leans over to have a look as well...

Kokovstsov: These have been pasted on the walls of factory buildings. They are calling it "Bloody Sunday" and referring to his majesty as "Nicholas the Bloody". They are also mocking the idea of your proposed meeting Mr. Governor-General.
Trepov (staggered): Well I still don't believe that these speak for the majority of the workers themselves your majesty. This is again the work of a small group of radical revolutionaries.
Nicholas (after a brief silence): If this is so, no one can reproach me for being indifferent to the needs of the workers...they are to blame for having refused to come to me with confidence...Kokovstsov I appreciate your concern but I'm going to follow the advice of Mr. Trepov for now and my own instincts.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 02, 2012, 03:16:18 PM
The scene shifts quickly to large meeting hall at the Imperial Pavilion. Thirty four hand picked workers are shown exiting the Tsar's private train having already been brought to the station at St. Petersburg by carriage. They were served refreshments while closely watched over by imperial guards and a detachment of police officers. The workers already overwhelmed by their experience and filled with excitement over meeting their Tsar are all smiles. Upon entering the pavilion at 3pm they are greeted warmly, one by one, by Nicholas and cousin Grand Duke George Mikhailovich as well as the Palace Commandant, Minister Kokovstsov and Governor-General Trepov.

We then quickly cut to a scene showing each of the men seated while a standing Nicholas addresses them by lecturing through the compassionate tone of parent disciplining their ill behaved children...

Nicholas (directing his attention to one young worker): You there, we spoke a moment ago...Vasily, yes?
Vasily (excitedly): Yes your majesty!
Nicholas: Vasily how old did you say you were?
Vasily: I am twenty-two, same as my wife.
Nicholas: Vasily was telling me about his two little children a moment ago. the daughter, Veronika, yes?
Vasily: Yes your majesty, yes!
Nicholas: His daughter Veronika is quite the domino player and he wishes to see his baby boy in uniform one day...what was his name again?
Vasily: He is Alexei!
Nicholas (smiling directly at him): My boy is also named Alexei.
Vasily (smiling): Yes, of course your majesty.
Nicholas: God be with you and your family Vasily.
Vasily: Thank you your majesty...God Save the Tsar!
Nicholas (acknowledging the rest of the crowd again): Gentleman we are all dismayed by the terrible events which took place but a few days ago and we pray for the victims. I was sadly not present at the Winter Palace to meet with Father Gapon but I assure you all that while many of your concerns are valid, never doubt for a moment that your sovereign fails to understand the difficulties of your lives...

Patience is necessary. We are still in the midst of a difficult war but one that Russia will be victorious! Strikes and revolutionary demonstrations were the wrong method to use in seeking to overcome your difficulties and fears...

I promise you and your fellow workers that I will examine these grievances so long as we can move forward from today peacefully. I pardon your transgressions and I am confident you believe in your Emperor and his love for the people he rules. Because of this I know you will understand that more demonstrations and disturbances cannot be and will not be tolerated...

You workers sitting before me today represent all of the good that I see in my Russian people. Loyal yet also, at times, led astray by the traitors and enemies of the Fatherland. I am saddened not only by the loss of life but that during a time of war and crisis you and coworkers chose to withdraw from your duties. We must be united as a country. The people cannot survive without their leaders and without a Russia that is strong. Just as we cannot survive without you carrying out your duties. I ask that after today you return to your factories an rejoin the struggle to overcome our foreign enemy. The Japanese will one day be defeated, and we will rejoice...together as brave and loyal Russians!

The crowd erupts into cheers and "God Save the Tsar" is sung aloud. The men salute Nicholas and drink to his health as they are then shown having gathered at a nearby church to pray, light candles and kiss religious icons and those depicting the Tsar himself. Afterwards they are shown feasting on Hors d'oeuvres, sandwiches, and enjoying refreshments while milling about and chatting among themselves. The camera then focuses in on Kokovtsov standing next to a grinning Trepov...

Kokovstov (cup of tea in hand): Well Trepov you seemed very pleased with yourself.
Trepov: Yes well, its nice when things turn out exactly as planned.
Kokovstov: Oh my dear man I'm afraid it will be quite a while still before we learn how things have turned out.
Trepov (as the camera pans around the room): You see the looks on their faces and the way they sat and listened to their Tsar. Nicholas is God himself to these people. They ate up every word just like they're eating up those sandwiches now!
Kokovstov: No doubt the Tsar is a gifted and charming man. But what happens a week from now when these men are settled back into their homes and their daily struggles resurface? The harsh realities of their lives sweep away the joys of being wined and dined for a day by their sovereign.
Trepov (chuckling): You sound like Witte. Do not worry (tugging him by ear lobe patronizingly). The Russian Empire is not going to fall apart under Nicholas II. Now raise your glass old man!
Kokovstov (smiling): There is no vodka mixed in with this tea you know.
Trepov: There is none in here either...come on, up with it...God bless Russia and long live the Tsar!

Both men take a sip, smile at one another, and the scene fades out.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 02, 2012, 04:51:56 PM
Nicholas did some damage control here.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 02, 2012, 05:16:41 PM
Nicholas did some damage control here.

Yeah he did. His motivations for having the meeting itself were disingenuous and a bit cynical, but I get the sense that once he actually met the people face to face her really bought in to what he was saying. As we are aware Nicholas liked people and was a warm man himself on a more personal/intimate level.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 03, 2012, 12:08:32 PM
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As we are aware Nicholas liked people and was a warm man himself on a more personal/intimate level.

I get the feeling he would have been happy to have never come near the throne.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Robert_Hall on October 03, 2012, 03:09:28 PM
I think you are right Tim, and Alexandra made it even worse.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on October 04, 2012, 01:23:49 AM
Agreed, but Nicholas accepted that it was his destiny to rule. Without Alexandra he might well have been more prepared to compromise, and move away from autocracy, but he never seems to have considered abdication until 1917.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 05, 2012, 02:33:38 PM
Not long after the government begins to settle back into their normal routine post-"Bloody Sunday", Nicholas's uncle and Alexandra's brother-in-law Sergei Alexandrovich is assassinated. We start off by showing a brief conversation between Nicholas' sister Xenia and her husband Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich...

February 17, 1905 - St. Petersburg

GD Alexander: Nicholas is the recipient of bad advice.
Xenia (looking through her closet wardrobe): You don't think he should have met with those workers?
GD Alexander: It's not that...it's what has happened since...or in this case what hasn't happened.
Xenia: I'm not sure exactly what that means...what do you think of this dress for tonight (holding it up to show her husband).
GD Alexander (dismissively): Looks quite lovely dear...what I mean to say is that this is a replay of Khodynka. A tragedy occurs, the Tsar responds with some type of half measure and then everyone forgets. Like it never happened.
Xenia: You are a boyhood friend of his my darling...all of us practically grew up together. Go and tell him these thoughts of yours. If you believe that a minister or two isn't providing my brother will good council then say so.
GD Alexander: There are good and not so good ministers. It's the damn uncles I worry about. Serge is apparently coming from Moscow for a visit in a few days. God help us then!
Xenia (rolling her eyes): Is he so bad my dear? Maybe a little odd but I think he means well, don't you?
GD Alexander: Try as I have I cannot find a single redeeming feature in his character. He's obstinate, arrogant, disagreeable, and flaunts his many peculiarities in the face of the entire nation.
Xenia: He took in Paul's children. I understand that he wanted them even more than Ella.
GD Alexander: Yes he sure did, and I can only imagine what having such a man for surrogate father has done to the mind of poor Dmitri Pavlovich. It will be a miracle if he and his sister Maria grow up to be normal.

The scene momentarily cuts away but we pick things back up immediately the same afternoon, now in Moscow. We are at the apartment of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and his wife Elisabeth. Serge is on his way out the door finishing up a conversation with Ella in their Kremlin apartment. He speaks to her gently as he puts on his white gloves...

Elisabeth: I see you are suiting up dear...going to be plenty of handshaking today?
GD Serge (smile): One never knows.
Elisabeth: Dinner at the normal hour tonight?
GD Serge: Dmitri has a history lesson and requests that I tutor him on a subject or two. I thought I might sit with the boy for an hour or so before we eat together...does that sound alright?
Elisabeth: Of course my dear. I trust you'll be most careful?
GD Serge (standing up straight and face front in full uniform): Indeed I will...how do I look?
Elisabeth: Like a Grand Duke and a leader of men!

The couple embrace and Serge exits the room. Ella shuts the door behind him while pausing to rest herself on it. She stares into space with a forlorn look in her eyes that betrays the smile on her face.

We cut to moments later. Serge is riding in his carriage and passes through the gates. The camera zooms in closely on his expressionless face. Suddenly, BOOM, an explosion rocks the carriage and forces the camera to cut away. Simultaneously we focus on Ella who is knitting a shirt. She clenches it to her breast as a sudden look of horror comes across her face. Racing down the hallway are the footsteps of a lady in waiting and a guard...

Lady in Waiting: Your majesty, an explosion, right outside the palace gates!
Elisabeth (crying out): It's Serge! It's Serge!

Ella drops the shirt and her knitting tools to the floor and races out of her apartment. We pick her back up having arrived at the scene of the crime. Several other people in great commotion also gather round as pieces of wood and body parts are strewn about in the blood stained snow. The carriage driver Rudinkin is picked up and carried away, unconscious and the back of his body severely burned. A stunned Ella having witnessed this pulls a handkerchief from her pocked and in her nearly transfixed state begins the grisly process of picking up remains while crawling about on her hands and knees. The lady in waiting rushes up to her, gently grasping her arm and begging her to come back inside as Ella continues on. A guard also rushes up to the Grand Duchess. She stops to face him and orders him to not let the Dmitri or Maria down to the street to witness the carnage. Maria however has already made her way down and stands and watches in horror from other side of the street. She is later escorted back inside by a palace guard.

The camera cuts away from the scene of the assassination and shows Ella rushing down the hallway where two doors are thrown open for her. On the other side stands her weeping niece and nephew. They run to each other and embrace as Ella cries out, "he loved you so, he loved you so". Elisabeth's right arm and portions of her blue dress are stained in blood. The camera focus in on a dangling gold medallion that Ella is gripping in her left hand while her arms grasp Dmitri and Maria. The three are weeping together as they stand alone in the middle of the living room. The scene fades out.



Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 05, 2012, 04:05:55 PM
That was a horrible tragedy.  This is what made Ella become a nun, if memory serves me.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 08, 2012, 02:22:55 PM
February 20, 1905 - Tsarskoe Selo

Several officials looking to discuss business with Tsar Nicholas can be seen huddled around the outside of his private study. Inside General Trepov and Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich are shown speaking to the Tsar about the death of Sergei Alexandrovich. The day of the funeral is fast approaching and both Nicholas and Alexandra are being talked out of attending...

Alexandra: It's not right for us to be absent Nicky. My sister needs me...God, it's been days...what sort of sister must I be to allow poor Ella to go through this alone?
Nicholas (pacing around the room): Could I not attend alone...keep my travel plans to Moscow a secret? We could leak it that I wasn't planning on attending the funeral and then suddenly I arrive there.
General Trepov: It has been a tumultuous period your majesty. The ministers concur. We fear further assassinations and could not possibly accept putting you or the rest of the imperial family in harms way, just as we cannot assure your safety should you be compelled to attend.
Nicholas: Someone from the royal family must be present.
KR (stepping forward for in behind Trepov): Allow me your majesties. The general and ministers have made it pretty clear that it's dangerous for any of you to attend. As far as the rest of the family is concerned I am less a target than most others.
Nicholas (looking at Alix who nods in response): Thank you KR...we'll obviously have to make the other Grand Dukes aware of the situation and forbid them to travel to Moscow.
General Trepov: Your majesty if I may. I don't think it wise for any member of the royal family to attend even the requiems at the Kazan and St. Isaac's cathedral here in St. Petersburg.
Alexandra (gasping): I feel like a prisoner in my own home. Maybe we ought to bring the church to the palace and hold a memorial here (sarcastically)
Nicholas: Sunny, please...it's for our own protection. Ella will understand and Serge would not be happy with any of us putting ourselves in harms way.
Alexandra: We must pray for them...pray extra hard tonight Nicky! Tell the Grand Duke's KR, tell them they must pray very hard. Include that in your letters gentlemen.

Scene cuts away and picks back up with Ella having arrived at the local prison where the assassin Ivan Kalyayev is being held. The recently widowed Grand Duchess has come to speak with him face to face. Kalyayev is shown sitting in the corner of his cell in partial darkness. The floor is hard, cold and damp. A guard walks past and places a chair at the front of the cell and we focus in on Kalyayev listening intently. A guard can be heard whispering "you may proceed down the hall your majesty...the rest of the cells are empty. You'll notice the chair out front of the prisoners cell. Please call if you need us." We then hear the footsteps of Elisabeth moving closer. Kalyayev noticeably surprised but silent as the Grand Duchess, a sad yet proud and confident look on her face, takes a seat in the chair...

Elisabeth: Hello...do you know who I am?
Kalyayev (clearing his throat): Yes.
Elisabeth: I wanted to meet with you face to face. I thought it might be good for both of us to speak.
Kalyayev: What is it you want?
Elisabeth: I want you to answer the question for me.
Kalyayev: What question is that?
Elisabeth: Why.
Kalyayev: Why?
Elisabeth: Why did you kill my husband?
Kalyayev: I killed Sergei Alexandrovich. I don't care that he's your husband.
Elisabeth: Very well...why did you kill the Grand Duke?
Kalyayev: Because he was a weapon of tyranny. I was taking revenge for the people.
Elisabeth: So you are a representative of the people?
Kalyayev: Yes.
Elisabeth: What do you believe Kalyayev? Are we not all Russians...are we not all the same in the eyes of the Lord?
Kalyayev: We are not the same. You live in a palace and I have spent most of my adult life in exile.
Elisabeth: I hear you are a Pole and that you graduated from the University of St. Petersburg. You sound like an educated man to me.
Kalyayev: The empire is full of men like me, both educated and not, looking to overthrow the autocracy. It is men like your husband that have been keeping the people in bondage.
Elisabeth (pauses): I also hear you are a poet. Tell me, what would you write about this? A husband taken away from his wife and his two children.
Kalyayev: I guess I would write that desperate times call for desperate measures. As far as you and your children go be thankful you were sparred. I had you in my sights two days ago. You were in the Grand Duke's carriage with two other children.
Elisabeth: Those were my nephews. We were heading to the theater.
Kalyayev: I aborted the mission. I made the call. This revolution is necessary but it is not about killing women and children.
Elisabeth: What is it about?
Kalyayev: It's about eliminating our oppressors, one at a time as is necessary. Some day perhaps the Tsar himself. Russia must one day be a republic.
Elisabeth (standing up and moving closer as to place her hands on the jail cell bars while Kalyayev remains seated): Do not listen to your pride. I understand you. You may not believe it but I do. Repent. Repent and I will beg the sovereign to give you your life. I will ask him for you...I myself have already forgiven you.
Kalyayev: No! I do not repent. I must die for my deed and I will...you are a brave women, I'm glad you were sparred...but my death will be more useful to my cause than Sergei Alexandrovich's death.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 08, 2012, 02:23:50 PM
Long pause ensues with the two starring at one another before cutting away. We then shift to the day of the funeral and show a relatively small group who has come to mourn over the Grand Duke's coffin at a local church. In the back we find KR speaking with Sergei Alexandrovich's aide-de-camp V.F. Djunkovsky...

Djunkovsky: If you don't mind me asking sir what has the reaction been in St. Petersburg and within the imperial family?
KR: Well naturally shock at first. Speaking for myself it took a little while to sink in. I was thunderstruck and could not think at all. Only as I came around did I understand what I had been deprived of and began to cry. I had to prepare my wife who loved the Grand Duke very much. Both she I felt that I should go to Moscow to see my poor friend's body and to see poor Ella who has no family around her.
Djunkovsky: Yes, she is an incredible woman. She deserves all the comfort in the world now.
KR: And if I may ask you, what has been the impression here in Moscow.
Djunkovsky: Well we are horrified. We are grateful to have you here your majesty, but sad that the Tsar and Empress were unable to attend. I think that if the Emperor had not listened to General Trepov, and had come to Moscow, it would have made a colossal impression and would have increased the Tsar's standing with the people.
KR: There were security concerns as I am sure you are aware.
Djunkovsky: We could have provided adequate security. I would have put my own life on the line for any member of the royal family. Just as the Grand Duke did for me. He would not even allow me to travel with him these last few weeks...was too concerned for my safety.
KR: He was a great man...and do agree that here in Moscow the absence of close relatives creates a strange and painful impression. But I wish to ensure you and all of those concerned that the sovereign and both empresses are inconsolable. The danger extends to St. Petersburg as well and all of the Grand Dukes have been informed that not only can they not go to Moscow, but they are forbidden to attend the local funerals. No one is able to pay their respects and it hurts them deeply.

We shift away from the conversation and focus again on Grand Duchess Elisabeth. With her niece and nephew huddled together closely Ella stares longingly at her husband's casket buried underneath of flowers, photographs and other keepsakes. We cut quickly once more to Ella standing alone at Serge's grave post-burial. Dmitri and Maria are standing but a few feet away and three guards surround them. Ella kneels down and pulls a piece of chalk out of her pocket writing the words, "Father, release them. They know not what they do" on his tombstone prior to crossing herself.

Finally we are taken to Kalyayev's sentencing. He and other witnesses are shown standing as one of the judges reads the verdict...

Judge: Ivan Kalyayev for crimes against the Empire and for the cold blooded murder of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich you are hereby sentenced to death by hanging...[a slight grin comes across Kalyayev's face]...your verdict will be carried out on the 10th of May, in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred & Five. May God have mercy on your soul...do you have any final words to say for yourself?
Kalyayev: I am pleased with your sentence. I hope you will carry it out just as openly and publicly as I carried out the sentence of the Socialist Revolutionaries party. Learn to look the advancing revolution right in the eye.
Judge (pausing momentarily): Take him away.

Two guards lead the shackled Kalyayev out of the court room abd back to his holding cell. The scene fades out...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on October 08, 2012, 05:42:35 PM
edubs - "pretty" is an American modifier. I doubt that KR would have said "pretty clear". Perhaps just "made it clear" or "made it very clear". Or maybe even "made it somewhat clear".

One of the first rules of writing is "when in doubt lose the adverbs and adjectives". Let the words speak for themselves.

There is a wonderful science fiction short story where a writer finds an item that looks like a salt cellar but when passed over the written page pulls the unnecessary adverbs and adjectives from the work. It cleans up the writer's prose and when it gets full he empties out a window where the modifiers sprinkle into the conversations of the people passing below.  That makes for interesting conversations.

Yeah, I still read this every now and then.  It is important to remember the language of the times in which the story is set.  :-)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 08, 2012, 10:50:04 PM
Thanks for the input Alixz. I imagine a considerable amount of this needs to be cleaned up by someone more familiar with the language of the times than I. Reading many letters and diary entries from the sources themselves and those first hand accounts has gotten me familiar with much of their phrasing and speech patterns, but its still a tough task...especially when bringing in more minor characters.

So thanks for making that perfectly clear :-) Glad to see you've been following along, at least to some degree, and for the input.

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on October 09, 2012, 03:17:20 AM
Just a thought. One of Sergei Alexandrovich's ADCs was his illegitimate nephew (son of Alexei Alexandrovich). It might be an idea to bring him in at some stage.

'In harm's way' does sound very American. Something like 'in danger of his life' would be more contemporary.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on October 09, 2012, 08:58:35 AM
Ann - I missed that one. I think "In Harm's Way" became a popular expression sometime after the release of the 1965 movie of the same name.

The movie starred, of course, John Wayne and Kirk Douglas.

It was used again as the title of a book about the USS Indianapolis published in 2002.

Actually I just checked Google and John Paul Jones used the phrase.  "I wish to have no Connection with any Ship that does not Sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way." We know that Jones did go to Russia after the Revolution and took a commission in the Russian Navy under Catherine II. So maybe the phrase would have made it into the Russian lexicon. But would it have stayed current for almost 200 years?

I see a trend here as the movie and the book are both stories about naval conflict.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 09, 2012, 01:55:35 PM
Just a thought. One of Sergei Alexandrovich's ADCs was his illegitimate nephew (son of Alexei Alexandrovich). It might be an idea to bring him in at some stage.

'In harm's way' does sound very American. Something like 'in danger of his life' would be more contemporary.

Ann

Interesting on the ADC. Djunkovsky is the one who is claimed to have said the line about the Tsar and that he should have ignored Trepov's warnings and attended the funeral service. I guess I could possibly fit both characters into the discussion along with KR, but it's obviously not a crucial scene.

Duly noted on the "harm's way". No reason to keep it in there if it can be changed so easily. I could just rework the sentence to read, "We fear further assassination attempts and could not possibly risk the danger of having you or the rest of the imperial family travel, just as we cannot assure your safety should you be compelled to attend."
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Rodney_G. on October 09, 2012, 04:23:18 PM
Edubs, I think your last scene with Kalyaev captured well the nature of the left assassins of this period, and indeed of those of the earlier People's Will  time . Fanatic, amoral rather than immoral, with an idealism that could be called perverse, often brave, naive about political realities,

And of course the last two scenes are critical for understanding Ella (GD Elizabeth)'s transformation to a Sister of Mercy from her former gilded life.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Janet Ashton on October 09, 2012, 04:39:07 PM

Elisabeth (standing up and moving closer as to place her hands on the jail cell bars while Kalyayev remains seated): Do not listen to your pride. I understand you. You may not believe it but I do. Repent. Repent and I will beg the sovereign to give you your life. I will ask him for you...I myself have already forgiven you.


I hate to come across as if I only appear these days when I have some nitpick to make, because I was actually just browsing the US politics thread, but I noticed this and wanted to let you know that Ella may have offered prayers and forgiveness, but actually didn't offer to plead for his life: she denied this tale herself to her acquaintances.  Interesting how the hagiographical myth-making on her had started at once, though, as the story was already doing the rounds....
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 09, 2012, 04:55:49 PM
Thanks Rodney and I agree with your analysis on the typical revolutionary assassin from this time period. I'm always trying to think ahead so I'm glad Ella's transformation, as more religiously devout than the grieving widow calling out to God in her time anguish, came through.

1905 was quite a year and I'm just getting started really. Hopefully James can bring a conclusion to his excellent scenes on the Russo-Japanese War. I'm trying to decide if it's worth showing a scene from the Treaty of Portsmouth or if I should simply refer to it...something involving Witte of course and likely in conversation with the Tsar. From there it's on the rise of the 1905 Revolution and October Manifesto, the creation of the Duma, first meetings with Rasputin, Witte's eventual resignation, and the Coup of 1907.

Maybe just maybe I'll then be able to stop and catch my breath, lol.


Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 09, 2012, 05:01:03 PM
I know that Alixz and the others have been helping you in saying the correct lines and such.  The funny thing that, if this should air on TV, unless the audience are people like us, I imagine it will go right over most peoples heads.

I can't tell you how many times I've seen a movie or TV show set during the Trojan War and the use of the ROMAN, not Greek, names when some of the gods were referenced (for example, they use the Roman name Neptune, instead of the Greek Poseidon).  Of course, I know about these things, but I imagine much of the audience didn't.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 09, 2012, 05:05:23 PM

Elisabeth (standing up and moving closer as to place her hands on the jail cell bars while Kalyayev remains seated): Do not listen to your pride. I understand you. You may not believe it but I do. Repent. Repent and I will beg the sovereign to give you your life. I will ask him for you...I myself have already forgiven you.


I hate to come across as if I only appear these days when I have some nitpick to make, because I was actually just browsing the US politics thread, but I noticed this and wanted to let you know that Ella may have offered prayers and forgiveness, but actually didn't offer to plead for his life: she denied this tale herself to her acquaintances.  Interesting how the hagiographical myth-making on her had started at once, though, as the story was already doing the rounds....

Hardly nitpicking Janet and I appreciate the input. That's a pretty important revelation. Not that I can't reconstruct the scene to omit it but...ugh! If you can't trust secondary sources from a 100+ years ago who the hell can you trust? :-P

Do you know/have a source for what actually was said between the two of them? I imagine that if Elisabeth hasn't mentioned her begging of the Tsar's forgiveness for Kalyayev he would not have bothered to respond the way he did, yes? What would have prompted him to utter the line "No! I do not repent. I must die for my deed and I will...my death will be more useful to my cause than Sergei Alexandrovich's death." Or was that completely made up as well...thoughts?



Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Rodney_G. on October 09, 2012, 05:16:16 PM
Thanks Rodney and I agree with your analysis on the typical revolutionary assassin from this time period. I'm always trying to think ahead so I'm glad Ella's transformation, as more religiously devout than the grieving widow calling out to God in her time anguish, came through.

1905 was quite a year and I'm just getting started really. Hopefully James can bring a conclusion to his excellent scenes on the Russo-Japanese War. I'm trying to decide if it's worth showing a scene from the Treaty of Portsmouth or if I should simply refer to it...something involving Witte of course and likely in conversation with the Tsar. From there it's on the rise of the 1905 Revolution and October Manifesto, the creation of the Duma, first meetings with Rasputin, Witte's eventual resignation, and the Coup of 1907.

Maybe just maybe I'll then be able to stop and catch my breath, lol.




Lots of luck catching your breath there, edubs. Those are some dramatic and critical events crammed into a few years. Very , very nicely done so far. I suspect more people would enjoy this thread if they once found it.The subject title is accurate but doesn't fully convey what you all are presenting us here.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 09, 2012, 05:23:58 PM
I know that Alixz and the others have been helping you in saying the correct lines and such.  The funny thing that, if this should air on TV, unless the audience are people like us, I imagine it will go right over most peoples heads.

I can't tell you how many times I've seen a movie or TV show set during the Trojan War and the use of the ROMAN, not Greek, names when some of the gods were referenced (for example, they use the Roman name Neptune, instead of the Greek Poseidon).  Of course, I know about these things, but I imagine much of the audience didn't.

Tim that's a very good point and one that I have considered. Thing is I'd rather get the language down as accurately as possible for the script. I'd imagine it to be much easier to dummy something down for mass consumption than the other way around...write it like it's being portrayed in 21st Century English/American and then dress it up so as to make it sound more contemporary Russian, circa 1894-1918.

That said it's often tricky to get a grip on their language...understanding as well that everything here is automatically being translated from Russian (or another foreign language) to English. There are a lot of scenes that bounce back and forth from what I would imagine to be formal language and casual conversational dialect. I don't want a chat between Nicholas & Alexandra, or between other Romanov family members, sounding the same as what's said at an official meeting between the Tsar and ministers.

But to your point, I agree that I've yet to see a mainstream historical film/series that doesn't take at least a few liberties with language. As important as it is to be true to the subject that is of secondary concern when compared to having it understandable to the viewing audience. I guess the trick is finding that balance between relative authenticity and clarity. Any audience that would consider watching this type of program in the first place is probably fairly well educated but most, as you say, will not be experts on the subject/time period.

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 10, 2012, 02:13:00 AM
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write it like it's being portrayed in 21st Century English/American

That's what happened in Days.  Of course, that took place in an alternate reality.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Janet Ashton on October 10, 2012, 03:10:25 PM


Hardly nitpicking Janet and I appreciate the input. That's a pretty important revelation. Not that I can't reconstruct the scene to omit it but...ugh! If you can't trust secondary sources from a 100+ years ago who the hell can you trust? :-P

Do you know/have a source for what actually was said between the two of them? I imagine that if Elisabeth hasn't mentioned her begging of the Tsar's forgiveness for Kalyayev he would not have bothered to respond the way he did, yes? What would have prompted him to utter the line "No! I do not repent. I must die for my deed and I will...my death will be more useful to my cause than Sergei Alexandrovich's death." Or was that completely made up as well...thoughts?





There are quite a few sources - Kalaev himself left a account, so did Djunkovsky, and KR - these can be read in the ubiquitous "Lifelong passion", though obviously the latter two are second-hand. None of them say anything about his declaring that he wanted to die for his deed - most of the conversation was about why he accepted an icon from Ella, with Kalaev claiming that he did so because she gave it as thanks for remaining alive, while most people seemed to take it that he accepted it in a spirit of repentence. He resented this interpretation and later accused Ella of talking about it and spreading this story.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 15, 2012, 11:21:01 AM
Had some catching up to do so here it is. So much information to consider including so I have a lot to share. As always your comments are most valuable!

Next scenes are a montage of sorts. We see violence and disturbances breaking out across Russia in the wake of public anger towards "Bloody Sunday"...

1905, Kiev - One scene we are shown is an accountant reading and typing away feverishly when an angry mob can be heard making their way down the street. The accountant along with an assistant make walk over to the front window to get a closer look at the reason for the disturbance. Suddenly in slow motion a rock comes crashing through their window and both men are sent recoiling and fall to the ground...

June 27, 1905 / Black Sea - Two sailors are shown in the early evening hours aboard the deck of the Battleship Potemkin. They are alone and in discussion...

Matochenko: This is a pointless bloody war.
Vakulinchuk: Rozhdestvensky's fleet in Tsushima has been annihilated...are we next?
Matochenko: We should be supporting our brothers at home. The workers are rallying for us while we sail out into the abyss.

Scene shifts to the following afternoon and sailors under the watchful eye of their officers and captains head to the deck to receive their meat rations for the day. As they inspect their food they notice that it's largely rotten and areas are covered with maggots...

Sailor 1 (shouting out as to be heard by his officers stationed above): This meat is rotten...it's not fit for pigs!
Sailor 2: This slab is practically still alive!

Marching down to the lower deck a few officers are led by the ship's doctor Smirnov. They begin to inspect the meat and are dismissive of the sailors reservations towards eating it...

Dr. Smirnov: It's not a perfect cut but this is war gentleman. These are maggots not worms. They can be washed off and the meat treated with brine.
Sailor 3: It's filthy!
Sailor 4: Russian POWs are fed better by the Japanese.
Dr. Smirnov: It's either eat this or go starving for the day. Which would you all rather?
Officer Gilarovsky: We have endured much men. But these strikes and general uprisings are no longer to be tolerated. Every sailor is hereby ordered to the quarterdeck!

Mumbling can be heard throughout the crowd of sailors who reluctantly follow their instructions and are shown making their way to the main deck. They line up on either side of the ships deck in three rows aside. Making his way out of his cabin and standing above his sailors and officers is Captain Golikov. It is just prior to 4pm...

Captain Golikov: Step forward if you enjoyed your Borscht.

Each of the officers takes one step forward but only a few of the sailors...

Captain Golikov: Now step back!

The officers take a step back as instructed but the sailors in an act of defiance all step forward spiting their Captain and expressing their displeasure...

Captain Golikov (furious): Call the guard!

Two rows of ten armed guards are then brought out presumably in a show of force. The sailors quarter themselves around the ship's turret. A certain amount of confusion ensues as some men are instructed to move forward and others are told to stay back in an apparent attempt to divide the unit. A tarpauline is brought out but before any sort of disciplinary action can be taken the guards are rushed by the sailors. A mutiny is underway as guards and sailors alike are pummeled. Vakulinchuk is shown wrestling away a rifle and aims and fires at the head of an Artillery Lieutenant killing him instantly. Other officers in the midst of the initial struggle are shown being shot and tossed overboard included Dr. Smirnov. The scene of the choas cuts away quickly and standing once again back on the quarterdeck we see arrested officers and guards now being held at gunpoint by the sailors. Many men are bruised and bloodied and the captain is shown suffering from a head wound, his hands tied behind his back and two sailors grabbing a hold of either arm. One of the leaders of mutiny, Matochenko, steps forward...

Matochenko (calling out from below): Raise the flag!

A red flag is raised to the mast in full view of the dispirited captain. Matochenko is then handed a picture and he moves closer to the captain who is dropped to his knees. The camera makes a point to not show the image depicted within the picture frame...

Matochenko: I see this belongs to you, yes?

Captain Golikov is shown looking slowly up at the face of his captor, glaring as he makes eye contact...

Matochenko: Hangs over your bed at night. How nice!

Turning to show the rest of the crew...

Matochenko (raising the picture in his hand to the sound of great commotion): Look men! Look who has been tucking the captain in at night!

He then begins laughing and tosses the picture overboard. It lands face up in the water. The picture is a photograph of Tsar Nicholas II in full military regalia. Moments later with the camera having panned away from off the side of the ship we see, from a distance, the captain having been shot in the head and then tossed overboard to the sound of enthusiastic cheering. The scene cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 15, 2012, 11:21:59 AM
Moscow - We cut immediately to another scene of striking factory workers. They march down the street in protest carrying signs and are shouting for equal rights and representation. Suddenly several Cossack guards on horseback descend upon the crowd. They break up the angry yet peaceful demonstration but are met with resistance. Two men grab hold of a Cossack and topple him from upon his horse as a fist fight breaks out. Others coming to their comrades defense begin swinging their clubs indiscriminately at men, women and children who have gathered. A bloody mess ensues and the scene again cuts quickly to Vladimir Lenin addressing a small group of revolutionaries seated around a table in a dimly lit room...

Lenin: Revolution is war. Of all the wars in known history it is the only lawful, rightful, just, and truly great war...in Russia this war has been declared and begun.

Almost simultaneously we cut to Leon Trotsky addressing a separate group of Menshevik's...

Trotsky: The autocracy never enjoyed the confidence of the people and was never granted any authority by the people. We have therefore decided not to allow the repayment of such loans as have been made by the Tsarist government when openly engaged in a war with the entire people.

Scene cuts away...

St. Petersburg - The Union of Zemstvo Constitutionalists meet in a private hall. Angry voices can be heard murmuring about as members discuss the current struggle and upheavals.

Member 1: We hold banquets celebrating the anniversary of Tsar Alexander II's reforms while our Russian brothers are being beaten senselessly in the streets!
Member 2: And killed by the Japanese at sea!
Member 3: The Tsar has lost control of his people.
Member 4: So have we. We are a house divided gentleman.
Member 1: Yes, so long as the Zemstvos are a split faction how can we possibly expect to achieve any of our measures?
Member 2: It's not just the Zemstvos, it's the entire liberal movement that is fractured.
Member 3: Broken off into pieces it is! The Revolutionary Party and and Labour Party are threatening the stability of Russia.
Member 5: It's the government who has threatened the stability. We may be divided gentleman, we may not agree on the specifics, but we grow stronger in numbers every day. The Tsar must recognize this and grant a national legislature.
Member 4: Russia will be a Constitutional Monarchy! (shouts and applause from the crowd)

Suddenly bursting in through the doors the secret police arrive. They have pinned up a couple of doormen against the wall and in handcuffs and begin threatening others in the room...

Captain: This meeting is to cease immediately or you will all be arrested!
Member 2: Arrested?
Member 3: This is a meeting of the Zemstvos. We are a recognized government body!
Captain: We have received new orders and declare St. Petersburg to be under a state of Martial Law. Only the nobles are free to hold meetings, and then only in the presence of government officials.
Member 1: This is preposterous!
Captain: I will give you one last warning!
Member 4: Show us a your arrest warrant!
Captain (turning to his officers): Men, engage!

A violent brawl breaks out. Some men are pinned down and subdued while others get the upper hand on the police. Still more flee from the room and seek safety. Having been alerted to the need for back up another squad of officers comes rushes into the building as the scene again cuts away...

We catch up with Nicholas speaking to Minister Mirskii, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich and Grand Duke's Nicholas, George and Sergei Mikhailovich at Tsarskoe Selo...

Nicholas (tossing aside a newspaper article in disgust): It makes me sick to read the news...strikes in schools and factories, murdered policeman, Cossacks, riots.
GD Vladimir (seated comfortably): The ministers instead of acting with quick decision only assemble in council like a lot of frightened hens cackling about.
GD Nicholas: They are confused by mixed signals Vladimir Alexandrovich. No one is quite sure what to do.
GD Vladimir: You know what I would recommend your majesty.
GD Nicholas: It's time to face up to the fact that suppression of these movements cannot continue to be the answer. The resistance is growing larger and the voices of dissent grow louder by the day.
GD Vladimir: Spoken like a true liberal himself Nicholas Mikhailovich.
Nicholas (pacing about): I need everyone's opinion...everyday brings bad news. I'm losing a war, losing ministers and grand dukes.
GD George: And losing your people your majesty.

We quickly cut to a brief scene showing the Dowager Empress Marie Feoderovna reading a letter written to her from her son Nicholas. She sits at the foot of her bed with a concerned look on her face. As she reads on we see flashes of Nicholas in deep discussion with Grand Dukes and Ministers, nervous looking soldiers stationed about the cities of Russia, and Nicholas in private conference with Serge Witte...

Nicholas's voice (Marie reading silently): So the ominous quiet days began. Complete order in the streets, but at the same time everybody knew that something was going to happen. The troops were waiting for the signal but the other side would not begin. One had the same feeling as before a thunder storm in summer. Everybody was on edge and extremely nervous...through all those horrible days I constantly met with Witte. We very often met in the early morning to part only in the evening when the night fell. There were only two ways open; to find an energetic soldier to crush the rebellion by sheer force. There would be time to breathe but as likely as not, one would have to use force again in a few months. That would mean rivers of blood and on the end we'll be right back where we started...The other way out would be to give to the people their civil rights, freedom of speech and press, and also to have all laws confirmed by a state Duma. That of course would be a constitution. Witte defends this energetically. He says that, while it is not without risk, it is the only way out at the present moment. Almost everybody I had an opportunity of consulting with is of the same opinion. Witte put it to me quite clearly that he would accept the Presidency of the Council of Ministers only on condition that his program was agreed to and his action not interfered with. He drew up the Manifesto. We discussed it for two days and in the end, invoking God's help I signed it...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 15, 2012, 11:22:21 AM
We shift to a brief discussion between Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich and Alexander Mikhailovich walking alone together down a path near Alexander Palace...

Alexander: Does Minister Witte understand the risks of what he is proposing?
Nikolasha: Yes, it is the only reasonable option.
Alexander: You seem convinced Nikolsha.
Nikolasha (between puffs from a cigar): I am.
Alexander: What of the option of a brief but powerful military presence?
Nikolasha: Out of the question.
Alexander: Something instituted simply to quell the violence and end the strikes. The Tsar would not have to give up his rights. It could easily be dissolved once order is restored.
Nikolasha: The responsibility of leading such a dictatorship, who does that fall to? You know my nephew will ask me!
Alexander: I'm quite certain. He'll order you and many of us to take part.
Nikolasha (stopping instantly to face the Grand Duke and placing his hand on his revolver): If the Emperor does not accept the Witte program, if he wants to force me to become Dictator, I shall kill myself in his presence with this revolver! We must support Witte at all cost. It is necessary for the good of Russia.
Alexander (startled): Yes, well, maybe a constitution then?

Nikolasha nods his head in approval and the scene cuts away. We then quickly shift back to Nicholas seated at his desk and surrounded once again by a combination of Grand Dukes and ministers...

Nicholas (just after signing the Manifesto document): My only consolation is that such is the will of God and this grave decision will lead my dear Russia out of the intolerable chaos she has been in for nearly a year.

Now we are alone sometime later with the Tsar and Minister Witte. Nicholas stands starring from out a window at his children playing outside. Alexandra and nannies tend to young Alexei while his daughters are tossing a ball and frolicking around in the grass...

Nicholas: Have I lost my head Witte?
Witte: Sir?
Nicholas: How do I explain these actions to Alexandra and my children?
Witte: What was done was necessary sire. The people have their Duma and their constitution but you are still their leader.
Nicholas: What do you believe? Is this what is best for Russia?
Witte: I have a constitution in my head your majesty, as to my heart (Witte fakes spatting on the floor)...but, alas, it was either a constitution or a military dictatorship.
Nicholas: I fear we have gone too far too fast.
Witte: Russia has outgrown its existing governmental forms your majesty. You did the right thing to give the people their constitution. Otherwise they may have wrested it away. Your relatives in England understand this perfectly well.
Nicholas: I'm suffering from a terrible headache today. I feel as though the weight of the world has been thrust upon my shoulders. This had better be the answer Witte.

The scene cuts away and we shift to the streets of St. Petersburg where several people are gathering around a man holding a copy of today's newspaper. Men, women and children are all present as the man turns to address the crowd and excitedly reads from the lead story and headline...

Man 1: "The Imperial Manifesto of the 30th of October, 1905 was signed into law by Tsar Nicholas II. It has transformed Russia from an absolute autocracy into a Constitutional Monarchy."
Woman 1: What does that mean? What do we get?
Man 1: "Freedom of conscience, speech, assembly, and association. No law may go into force without the consent of the State Duma. The Tsar retains his full autocratic control over defense and foreign affairs and has sole power to appoint and dismiss ministers."
Man 2: So the Tsar gives us a but a little and expects us to be thankful?
Woman 2: It's more than a little.
Man 1: Yes it's an important first step! Listen here, the Tsar addresses the people directly at the end..."We call upon all loyal sons of Russia to remember their duties to their country, to assist in terminating this unprecedented turmoil, and together with us to make every effort to restore peace and tranquility to our native land."

More questions are being asked from the crowd as the man reads on. The camera zooms out and the scene cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 15, 2012, 12:12:34 PM
Excellent scenes of what went on in 1905.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 15, 2012, 02:20:38 PM
Thank you kindly Tim!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on October 15, 2012, 09:24:09 PM
15 May 1904 port Arthur A Russian naval officer on the bridge of a ship looking through binoculars
Naval officer 1: Hey everyone get up here and bring binoculars
Naval officer 2: Whats going on
Naval Officer 1: There are some Japanese ships and it looks like they are going sail near where the minelayer Amur supposedly laid mines last night.
Naval Officer 2: and the Admiral was furious and threatened to remove the Captain from command for this "mad Prank"
Naval Officer 3: Oh yes Admiral Vitgeft "I am no leader of the fleet" God help us with someone like him in command

As thousands of Russian sailors,soldiers and civilians watch and some pray the japanese ships sail on. Then the battleship Hatuse has a explosion under her stern. She signals the other ships to change course and "a mine has struk our bottom astern and smashed the steering engine. send boats. the battleship Yashima while changing course and trying to assist the Hatuse also hits a mine. Soon afterwards the Hatuse drifts over another mine that detonates a magazine in a little over a minute the ship disapears in a backwards dive to the bottom of the sea. 300 of the 800 crew were saved. Meanwhile at Port Arthur thousands of russians start cheering. Meanwhile the Yashima limps away and that evening while out of sight of land at 1700 the ship is sinking and the ordered to abandon ship is given. The emporers protrait is removed. The crew is assembled on deck and the national anthem is sung as the flag is hauled down followed by 3 Banzais. The ship is towed but around 2000 she capsizes and sinks. Note: this is how the Japanese navy abandons ship. Believe it or not.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Michael HR on October 16, 2012, 09:59:22 AM
Sounds wonderful to me and hope they would use the palaces and locations. For the AP they could return as much as they can furniture etc for filming.
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Post by: TimM on October 16, 2012, 12:08:37 PM
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Sounds wonderful to me and hope they would use the palaces and locations

Yeah, it would be cool if they actually film there.
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Post by: Robert_Hall on October 16, 2012, 01:37:30 PM
I am sure the palaces and locations/parks& gardens  could be made available, it has been done before. However I doubt anyone could get the original furniture. Not only would the other museums  hold it decline, most probably, there would be a serious risk of damage in the filming project. For instance,  the personal furniture was scattered or destroyed, the valuable stuff was refused to be used but filming went ahead on the last film I remember- they made reproductions [still there in the private rooms of N&A]
 An example might be Versailles. After the revolution, thousands of pieces were sold off and scattered around the world. Now, they are grateful to get one or two pieces a year back in place. What is not donated they have to pay a fortune for. They are not going to use those pieces as workable movie sets.

This  caused me think of a totally different  film story- the evacuation of the palaces at the outbreak of WW2. It is very dramatic and those  who did it were lucky to survive, many did not, usually from starvation.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 16, 2012, 04:26:45 PM
Before we get back to the chaos that is devouring the Empire circa 1905/07 I thought I would inject a lighter scene into the screenplay. I want to have something cute and/or mischievous to show of each of the daughters and Alexei as I think it important that the audience get to know them and their personalities. They are but minor characters now but will eventually be playing starring roles as the story progresses. This scene is obviously disconnected to the current story line...every so often I'll be filling in holes as we move along.

Fall, 1901 - Alexander Palace

We shift our attention to Alexander Palace in the late afternoon of one autumn day. Margaretta Eagar and Lilly Dehn are shown folding clothes and towels and are in the process of preparing the children for dinner. Across the room we see a young 2 1/2 year old Marie Nikolaevna who is being given a bath. She already appears to have been washed and has been given a few moments on her own to play around in the shallow pool of water. Eagar and Dehn are chatting away about the Dreyfus Affair and paying little attention to their small charge...

Lilly Dehn: Dreyfus was imprisoned for treason?
Mrs. Eagar: Yes he spent five years in imprisonment in a penal colony in French Guiana.
Nanny: Good Lord can you imagine? And as an innocent man no less.
Mrs. Eagar: Indeed.
Nanny: I remember reading of the great author Emile Zola leading activists against the government to reopen the case...but I'm not sure I can remember what came of it.
Mrs. Eagar: They tried him again and he was sentenced to an additional twelve years in prison. The trial was absurd but the pressure placed on the government by his supporters granted him a pardon and set him free.
Nanny: Ah, yes, I do remember now...

The conversation continues and can be heard faintly in the background. Little Marie Nikolaevana notices that she is not being watched and that the nearest door to the rear of the bath tub is cracked open. Moments later she quietly makes her way out of tub. Naked and dripping wet her little footsteps scurry across the floor...she takes one last peak at the woman who continue to jabber on and slides her way through the opening and out of the room...

She races down the hallway slowing down only briefly to glance at each closed door and to wonder what is behind it. Nothing can be heard until now except for the pitter-patter of her wet footsteps, then suddenly she begins calling out "Papa!...Papa!". She makes it all the way down the main hallway, turns a corner and reaches the end of her line. On the left side of her a startled Cossack guard standing at attention turns to her. His eyes go wide and he swallows...a nervous sweat almost immediately begins to form upon his brow. Marie looks up, unphased by the giant figure and calls out "where my papa? where my papa?". She then points to the door the guard is standing in front of. Confused but not alarmed the man leans down far enough to make eye contact with the little Grand Duchess. He assures her that her father is "a very busy man", and that he has "very important people to talk to" but that "he will be done soon and cannot wait to see you, his little Grand Duchess"...

The camera cuts to Olga Alexandrovna who is shown walking alone down the hallway when she hears the faint sounds of a gentle male voice speaking to that of high pitched female child. She changes course and begins to walk towards the two of them eventually turning the corner where she sees the knelt down Cossack holding the right hand of the Grand Duchess. He is smiling while Marie giggles from an apparent joke he has told her...

Olga Alexandrovna (gasping): Oh my goodness...what on Earth? Come here little child!
Cossack (standing back up as to be presentable): Your highness, forgive me. The child must have been given a bath and made her way down the hall. I could hear her calling out for the Emperor.
Olga Alexandrovna (smiling with Marie now in her arms): I don't doubt it for a moment. Thank you sir for watching over her.

Aunt Olga looks face to face with the child being cradled in her arms...

Olga Alexandrovna: Where did you come from my dear child...you're all wet. Where did you come from?
Marie Nikolaevna: Baff tub.
Olga Alexandrovna: Yes I see that...did you make a new friend?
Marie Nikolaevna (nodding her head): Mmmm Hmmm!
Olga Alexandrovna: Well lets get you dried off and put some clothes on you.

Olga carries her away back up the hall. Marie looking back at her Cossack friend waves goodbye. He gestures with a wave as well. Once the two Grand Duchess's turn the corner he quickly clears his throat and stands upright at proper attention. The camera then catches up with Olga just as she has reentered the bath room. Surprisingly unalarmed Mrs. Eagar rushes towards her to take back her charge...

Mrs. Eagar: Oh my goodness. We had just noticed that the little one had gone missing. Thank you your highness!
Olga Alexandrovna (handing Marie over): I found her down the hallway speaking to a guard. Apparently she was on a mission to find her Papa.
Mrs. Eagar (looking at Marie): I must know better by now not to take my eyes off of you for a second. I know how you always want to see your dear papa!
Olga Alexandrovna (smiling): I'm here to dine with the family. The Tsar should be finished with the ministers shortly. I'm off to see the Empress now.
Mrs. Eagar: Again I thank you! I'll get this one dried off and dressed.

Dehn now tends to little Marie who is being toweled off. Eagar as though nothing had taken place starts back up with her conversation of the Dreyfus Affair. Olga turns to make her way out but stops when she hears giggling coming from a slightly cracked door opening across the room. She races across and open the door to find Olga and Tatiana Nikolaevna sharing in a laugh, greatly amusing by their undressed younger sister who managed to scamper off moments earlier.

Olga (throwing open the door and folding her arms as if to give a stern impression that's betrayed by a constant grin on her face): Olga & Tatiana Nikolaevna you should not be spying on your sister and her poor handlers! Aren't you supposed to be with your mother? I hope you haven't made so much noise as to wake up your baby sister!

Both girls continue to giggle as Olga points out that baby Anastasia is awake and with their mother. Aunt Olga takes both children by the hand saying, "lets go see them!" and leads them down the hallway. Scene fades out...
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Post by: TimM on October 16, 2012, 04:51:52 PM
Nice look at the family.  The children were, at this point, far too young to realize what was going on.
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Post by: Kalafrana on October 17, 2012, 04:02:12 AM
Nice, but Olga A would not call the sentry 'sir'. As a regular visitor she might well know all the regular sentries by name and might call him 'Guardsman X' or 'Private X'.

Ann
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Post by: edubs31 on October 17, 2012, 09:35:11 AM
Nice, but Olga A would not call the sentry 'sir'. As a regular visitor she might well know all the regular sentries by name and might call him 'Guardsman X' or 'Private X'.

Ann

Very well, thanks Ann :-) It's easy for me to forget that Olga was also only nineteen at this point. She was no doubt the "cool" aunt because of her personality but also because of the relative proximity of her age to OTMA...only thirteen years older than Olga N.

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Post by: TimM on October 17, 2012, 10:58:12 AM
She was young for an aunt.
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Post by: Kalafrana on October 18, 2012, 04:04:04 AM
Indeed, but such things were not unusual. My father was an uncle at 14!

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 18, 2012, 10:26:02 AM
I guess if you have siblings years older than yourself, it happens.
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on October 18, 2012, 10:55:57 AM
I was an aunt at 12!   She (my niece) is now one of my best friends and usual travel companion.  We have a lot in common as far as interests go, but I can't seem to get her interested in the Romanov's.   She's one of those, and we all know them, who's eyes glaze over when I talk about them.  But she'd travel with me to Russian in a heartbeat.  If only she would win the lottery and treat me to a trip.
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Post by: TimM on October 18, 2012, 05:02:36 PM
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She's one of those, and we all know them, who's eyes glaze over when I talk about them

All my friends are like that.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 19, 2012, 12:32:41 PM
April, 1906 - Tsarskoe Selo

Fast approaching is the official ceremony opening the newly elected Duma and State Council. Nicholas is preparing to address his audience and speaks to others about preparations. With him is the new Curator of the Holy Synod Prince Alexis Obolensky, President of the Council of Ministers Sergei Witte, Prime Minister Ivan Goremykin, and Deputy State Secreatary of the State Chancellory Peter Kharitinov...

Nicholas: Lets go over this again. I make my address in but a few weeks and would rather not look like a fool.
Kharitinov (seated at a table with a large pile of paperwork in front of him): Yes of course your majesty. The entire document contains an introduction, eleven chapters and 124 articles but the basic fundamentals are as follows...the new government body is composed of a two-housed Russian parliament who must give its consent before any new laws are to be enacted. There is an upper house, which is the State Council, and a lower house, the State Duma. You sir will appoint half the members of the council and the other half are to be elected by members of the Imperial government, as well as appointed clerical and businessmen.
Nicholas (pacing about): Very well.
Kharitinov: Members of the lower house are to be chosen by the Russian people themselves. We have however devised a way to make the process as indirect as possible. The voice of the people will be weighted towards propertied classes.
Nicholas: It is I who am the voice of the people Mr. Kharitinov.
Kharitinov: Indeed your majesty, which is why we have created a framework that guarantees the following...the Tsar continues to have control over of the appointment or dismissal of ministers. The Duma cannot alter the constitution itself, and the Tsar retains his veto power over any and all legislation as well as the right to dismiss the Duma at any time and for any reason...there are smaller details that we can go over you majesty but the fundamentals are exactly as I have explained.
Witte: The socialists parties have chosen to boycott the elections. They are angered by the electoral procedures. The vote of a land owner is worth 45-times that of the vote of an industrial worker.
Goremykin: But there will no major disturbances otherwise your majesty. We expect the body of the Duma with therefore be made up of the following...(pulling out and reading off of a pamphlet)...Constitutional Democrats, Labour Group, Non-Russian National Groups, Nationalists, Progressist Party, Social Democratic Party, Octobrist Party, and Rightists.
Nicholas: That's quite a number...it strikes me ridiculous that so many groups are needed to speak for the voice of the people.
Witte: Russia is a country of over 140-million your majesty. Many minds and many voices.
Obolensky: Your majesty don't ever forget that the Duma is not a true parliament. They don't have the power to initiate legislation, only to debate and then advise you on what they feel ought to be implemented. You are their supreme leader. You can choose to ignore their advice or dissolve their powers completely.
Witte: Still sire, Chairman Muromtsev and the members will push for a continuation of electoral and land reform. You can choose not to accept their advice their advice but that doesn't mean it is wise to ignore them.
Goremykin: I think there is also an opportunity here your majesty. The focus of disdain from the people was not towards their sovereign but the ministers, the police, and their local administrators. The Duma will bear the burden of being the voice of the people...it is they who must represent their will. If they fail to do so the blame will be laid at their feet, not yours.

Scene cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 19, 2012, 12:33:07 PM
April 27, 1906 - St. Petersburg - Opening of the Duma

Nicholas is shown riding with Alexandra in a carriage. They are off to St. George's Hall in the Winter Palace to meet with the newly opened Duma and Nicholas will deliver a formal speech. Nicholas's facial expressions indicate a great deal of anxiety. His wife leans her head back to the seat with a blank stare. They are in full regal attire. Nicholas is wearing his diamond-set imperial crown accompanied by orb and scepter. The Empress too is wearing her crown and decked out in a richly embroidered dress. Alexandra begins to speak...

Alexandra: It reminds me of our coronation. Except then we arrived at a wonderful place where we were celebrated and anointed supreme leaders under God. Now it's more like being led to the gallows. Are we dressed for a funeral Nicky?
Nicholas: We have been over this. It's not the end of anything.
Alexandra: That day the manifesto was signed, Monsieur Gilliard informed me. It was like someone snatched my baby from his crib.
Nicholas: Alexei will receive the same empire that I did. These concessions are temporary. The Duma will be dissolved by then.
Alexandra: It must be so.
Nicholas: You must pleased with my decision to relieve Witte of his duties as President, yes?
Alexandra (smiling and taking her husband by the arm): Yes my dear, I am very much so. Witte is a smart man but too liberal. He was one of your mother's favorites but never one of mine.
Nicholas: I feel at times I rely on him too heavily. I wrote mother recently that I have never seen a chameleon, someone who changes his convictions, the likes of Witte. Brilliant or not, thanks to this quality of character almost no one believes in him anymore.
Alexandra: He seemed excited to deliver you his resignation.
Nicholas: Yes, and I was equally excited to accept it. Witte will be more useful to us in other roles in the future.
Alexandra (gazing out the carriage window): We have nearly arrived.

The carriage arrives at the Winter Palace and Nicholas & Alexandra are shown arm in arm walking up to the front doors where the Dowager Empress, having arrived momentarily before, waits to receive her son and daughter in law.

Next scene shows Nicholas escorting his mother into the hall of the main palace which is packed with newly elected Duma representatives as well as royalty and other notable statesman. Nicholas kisses his mother and then his wife who stand off to the side with their female relatives dressed in full imperial regalia.

As Nicholas is speaking the camera pans around the room. Witte, who has attended the ceremony without title, is shown as are many of the Grand Dukes. We wind our way around and eventually fixate on Alexandra. She stares dead ahead with a firm expression on her face as other women gaze around the room. Immediately standing to her left is the Dowager Empress who is next to her daughters Xenia and Olga one in front of the other. To Alexandra's back right is Maria Pavolvna shown glancing over at the Empress momentarily as if to size her up...


Nicholas (reading speech): "With fervent belief in the bright future of Russia, I welcome in the face of those your best people. I have commanded my beloved subjects to choose from you...I believe that through the love of country and with a strong desire to serve, you inspire and unify. I will defend steadfast the establishment, bestowed upon me, with the firm belief that you give all your energy and selfless service to the Fatherland. To ascertain the needs of those so close to my heart...the peasantry, education, people's welfare and development. All the while keeping in mind that the spiritual greatness and prosperity of the state is required not only of freedom, but necessary order on the basis of law..."

"...fulfilled my desire to see my people happy and give my son a legacy of the strong, comfortable and enlightened. Lord bless the works, coming to me in communion with the State Council and the State Duma. Proceed with reverence to the work to which I have called you, and justify the trust worthy of your king and the people. God help me, and you..."

Next scene shifts to Chairman Muromtsev who appears bowing to both the Tsar and the State Duma...

Muromtsev: I cannot find words sufficiently to express my gratitude for the honor which you, gentlemen, have bestowed upon me. But now is not the time to express personal feelings. Election of the Chairman of the State Duma is the first step in the organization to the State Duma of the institution. Done here is a great thing.  With the blessings of his Imperial Majesty the will of the people shall be expressed in the form of regular, permanent representation based on the inherent laws of the legislative institution. Imposed on us is both a great thing and a great fight, and it calls for a great work. Wish each other and to themselves, to equip us with sufficient strength to carry him on their shoulders for the benefit of the people that elected us, for the good of the motherland. Let the work be accomplished on the basis of due deference to the prerogatives of a constitutional monarchy, and on the basis of a perfect implementation of the rights of the State Duma...flowing from the nature of the people's representatives (applause).

We cut to the end of the speeches and the carriages that transported the respective members of the royal family are shown driving away. Walking out and speaking to one another surrounded by others is the Duma's President Sergey Muromtsev and Sergei Witte...

Witte: Nicholas looked pale.
Muromtsev: You think so? I think he did rather well considering the pressure and circumstances.
Witte: What pressure? I would not expect the Emperor to set aside differences and work closely with the Duma.
Muromtsev: I understand...but what next for you Witte? I wouldn't imagine his majesty to have severed all ties with you.
Witte: It has reached society's consciousness that despite my strained relations with his majesty, and despite my total disfavor with the empress, as soon as the situation becomes critical my name will immediately come up.
Muromtsev (smiling): Ah indeed. In the long run it will be obvious to everyone that Minister Witte is truly indispensable. You shall be summoned once more in due time sir.
Witte: Yes, but they are forgetting one thing...there is a limit to everything.

Scene fades out and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Rodney_G. on October 19, 2012, 04:02:34 PM
Edubs, I got a nice kick out of your little Maria Nikolaievna, post-bath tub scene(reply 601). Quite realistic as I understand the characters portrayed, and a sweet interlude after more intense dramatic scenes covering asassinations, strikes, and war. Now if we can only find a two or three year old little 'actress'  to do justice to Marie !
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on October 20, 2012, 03:37:05 AM
Also a good young actress to do justice to Olga A!

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 20, 2012, 08:58:56 AM
Also a good young actress to do justice to Olga A!

Ann

It's unfortunate that she won't be playing a bigger role in the story because her wit and common sense make for a terrific character. Was she or Xenia even mentioned in the '71 film?

One of my growing concerns is about bringing too many new characters onboard. The family's captivity works extraordinarily well from the standpoint of the storytelling because it simplifies things around the main characters, their children, and just a handful of supporting characters...some to be mentioned only in passing.

But for now it's kind of character overload and I'll be introducing another major role into the script shortly...

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 20, 2012, 04:36:50 PM
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Alexandra: That day the manifesto was signed, Monsieur Gilliard informed me. It was like someone snatched my baby from his crib

Just you wait until 1917, Alix.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 21, 2012, 10:53:34 PM
August 5, 1905 - Tsarskoe Selo

Nicholas enters an enclosed porch mid day where Alexandra is sitting alone and reading peacefully...

Nicholas: Sunny.
Alexandra (smiling and putting her book down): Nicky.
Nicholas: Surprised to see me?
Alexandra: Yes, but happy to see you as always...I assumed you'd be working until dinner.
Nicholas: I decided to take a short break, I wanted to see you and there is some news to share.
Alexandra: Oh? What is that?
Nicholas (taking a seat across from his wife): I'm afraid Brother Philippe has died...he was traveling home a few days ago, attending to his investments I believe, and he suddenly collapsed.
Alexandra (crestfallen): Just like that? In an instant?
Nicholas: I'm afraid so...the doctors believe it was from natural causes. Nothing suspicious.
Alexandra: He has passed on Nicky.
Nicholas: Yes.
Alexandra: No I mean he has been taken from us by the Lord. I imagined he would go in such a way. Removed from God and sent to heaven.
Nicholas: He always claimed that another would arrive to take his place in the service of the Lord.
Alexandra: I believe it. With every fiber of my soul.
Nicholas: I couldn't but notice that he passed on the feast day of Prophet Elias.
Alexandra: It's all in accordance with God's plan Nicky. We should invite Anya's friend to the palace.
Nicholas (looking around uncomfortably and getting up from his chair): You've mentioned this man before. You seem to have a great deal of faith in this Starets who we've never even met.
Alexandra: I'm told he is a holy man of the highest order. He channels the word of God to us mortals. I hear great stories of his powers to cure the sick. It's not just Anya who is familiar with him you know...Stana and Militsa also sing his praises.
Nicholas: I don't doubt that he is a faithful, impressive fellow. But I worry about the impression it leaves.
Alexandra: The impression?
Nicholas: Is it appropriate for the imperial couple to consort with such a controversial character. There are all sorts of rumors abound, some of which are less than flattering.
Alexandra (standing up and embracing her husband): Typical of those who mock what they do not understand...Oh Nicky this man can help us. Help Alexei! We mustn't allow the opinions of the court to ever come between us or stand in the way of what can bring health to our son.
Nicholas (pausing, slight smile): I do love your passion darling. Affected by no one. You are quite convincing you know.

The couple are shown holding one another in a close embrace as the scene fades out...

September 8, 1905 - Tsarskoe Selo

The Imperial Family is shown sailing aboard their private yacht the Standart and taking tea in the afternoon. OTMA dressed in matching sailor suits play with their younger brother Alexei, just over a year old. They dote on the little one and are briefly shown partaking in a game of Ring around the Rosey while being chaperoned by a group of nannies and sailor nannies. The focus then shifts to the Tsar and Alexandra, in white dress and a sailor suit, seated on the deck and surrounded by a few friends engaging in pleasant conversation...

Woman 1: Your majesty it's just lovely, and the children are the picture of health.
Alexandra: Thank you for saying so.
Woman 2: I cannot believe how quickly the time passes. Olga and Tatiana are so big, Marie too. Last I saw Anastasia she was just baby.
Woman 1: The Tsarevich is as darling and amiable a baby as one can imagine. You are the Tsar must be thrilled.
Alexandra: We are very proud and quite relieved. There is no shame in having one daughter after another but when you have the responsibility to produce an Heir it weighs heavily on one's mind.

The conversation continues but the camera shifts the focus across the deck. Vladimir Derevenko hurriedly makes his way towards the imperial couple. Nicholas takes notice of the concerned facial expression and quickly excuses him. He meets Derevenko half way and the two are speaking quietly to one another...

Derevenko: Your majesty the Tsarevich has a naval bleed.
Nicholas (alarmed): Good God, is it serious?
Derevenko: Probably not but I haven't been able to get it to stop. The sailor nanny's are attending to him now. I've sent the Grand Duchess's away for the moment.

Nicholas is shown turning towards his wife, a look of terror on his face. Alexandra makes immediate eye contact with him and her smile instantly escapes her face. She excuses herself and quickly makes her way towards the men. Derevenko is shown leading her away and Nicholas, walking back over towards his guests tells a sentry that the yacht must dock at once and they must send for Dr. Korovin and Federoff ashore.

The remaining party of four are noticeably concerned over the abrupt departure of their hosts and asks a sailor what the commotion is all about...


Man 1: You there, sailor, what has happened?
Sailor: Can I assist you with something sir?
Woman 1: What is the reason for all of the commotion?
Sailor: It seems as though the Tsarevich has injured himself.
Woman 2: My Lord!
Man 2: Yes, is it serious?
Sailor (bowing his head and returning to his post): I'm sorry I know nothing more.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 21, 2012, 10:54:08 PM
The scene cuts away and we hen show little Alexei lying in bed and being bandaged up. In spite of the anxiety that grips his parents and sisters the boy remains remarkably quiet. In another room Nicholas and Alexandra are shown thanking one of the doctors as he exits and begin a brief conversation alone...

Alexandra: I cannot stand this anymore!
Nicholas: It's alright Sunny, the boy has a naval bleed nothing more. It's being taken care of.
Alexandra: Something as simple as a naval bleed and we need to alter course and come ashore. What must our guests and the sailors be thinking?
Nicholas: It is unlike you to care what others think.
Alexandra: I care only about the health of our son. This time it was just a small bleed. The doctors can bandage him up and he'll be fine, but what about next time? What happens is he slips and falls and it's something worse?
Nicholas: We'll need more the Derevenko. I'll make sure we have a team of doctors surrounding us at all times, no matter where we are...whatever it takes.
Alexandra: Oh Nicky the doctors can only treat Alexei once something has happened. But they cannot heal our boy nor can they prevent disaster. A small cut, yes, but they cannot handle anything serious.
Nicholas: We must take extra precautions then.
Alexandra: We need more than that. Alexei is but a baby still but when he's a boy, if he's playful and clumsy like boys are, he'll need much more.
Nicholas: What are you suggesting?
Alexandra: I wish to speak with Grigory Yefimovich. It's time we meet this man...I think he can help us. Please see to this.
Nicholas (pausing momentarily): Very well. If it makes you comfortable I'll summon for him once we return to Tsarskoe Selo.
Alexandra: I'd like to return home immediately.

Scene cuts away quickly and we are shown the imperial guests speaking quietly amongst themselves. The one gentleman has just been informed as to what the Tsarevich's condition is and tells the others...

Woman 2: What of the boy?
Man 1: Apparently the Tsarevich had a rather nasty naval bleed.
Man 2: A naval bleed...that's strange, is that all?
Woman 1: He didn't fall and hurt himself? The children were running around earlier.
Man 1: I hear nothing of a fall. Just a sudden bleeding.
Woman 2: I can't believe we called for doctors and docked ashore over a naval bleed.
Woman 1: Yes, was such a lovely time. Such a pity.
Man 2: I'm rather surprised at the sheer panic that seemed to grip Tsar and Empress.
Man 1: The child is still very young...and you're foolish to take anything for granted when talking about the health of the heir to the Imperial throne.

We shift back to Nicholas and Alexandra finishing up their discussion...

Nicholas: We must put on a brave face now Sunny. Our guests are surely concerned.
Alexandra: I want to stay here with Alexei.
Nicholas: We need to proceed like there is nothing to be alarmed of. Otherwise rumors will start.
Alexandra (tearfully): I suppose you're right.
Nicholas (smiling): Did you see Alexei smiling while the doctors attended to him. He is already a strong boy.
Alexandra: Strong like his father.
Nicholas (after a warm embrace): Come now, our company is waiting.

Nicholas takes Alexandra by the hand and leads her out of the room presumably to rejoin their guests, dismiss of the situation and apologize for the inconvenience. The scene fades out...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 22, 2012, 10:54:59 AM
I'm guessing Rasputin is soon to enter the scene.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 22, 2012, 01:35:16 PM
I'm guessing Rasputin is soon to enter the scene.

You would guess correctly. From what I gather his first meeting with the imperial family was on November 1, 1905. From that point on he'll be an indespensable character in the story up to his December, 1916 death.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on October 22, 2012, 03:48:13 PM
From my reply 597 there are pictures of the crew of the WW II IJN aircraft Carrier Zuikaku sinking with the crew saluting as the flag is hauled down and cheering banzai. back to the R-j war:
Early june 1904 in japan two japanese naval officers are drinking tea and discussing the war:
Naval officer 1: What a disasterous month may has been for our navy! 2 battleships 1 cruiser and 4 smaller ships sunk others damaged all do to mines or accidents 1000 officers and men dead!
Naval officer 2: Well we still have 4 battleships left and nearly all our crusiers and destroyers so all is not lost.
naval officer 1: If we lose one more battleship we will almost certainly lose the war!
Naval officer 2: The good thing is the Yashima managed to get out of sight of the Russians before she sank. Lets hope we can keep her loss a secret along with the loss of the 4 smaller ships. The losses of the Hatuse and cruiser Yoshino have been announced. We really couldn't keep their losses a secret. let us also hope the army captures Port Arthur soon and the destroys or captures the Russian fleet while doing so.
Naval officer 1: Here comes your cousin the army staff officer
The army officer walks up the naval officers stand up salutes are exchanged and they all sit down Naval officer 2 pours the army officer a cup of tea
Army officer: I hear the war at sea not going to well
Naval Officer 2: You might say that cousin
Army Officer: my condolences to the officers and men who died
Naval officer 2: Thank you and how goes the war on land?
Army Officer: Fairly good for the most part. Our advance to the yalu went better than expected. The Russians didn't really do much to stop us even though there were numerous places where a well commanded company could have easily held up a division for 2 or 3 days. The Cossacks are supposed to be such fine horsemen but they sure have not been showing it. our armies victory on the Yalu lifted the morale of the whole country. This was the first time we have fought a European army and we defeated them. it also helped our goverment get loans from foriegn banks to finance this war. Of course as a staff officer i think it was unwise of the Russians to have made a stand there with such a small force. We have also just recently captured Nansan at the neck of the Peninsula that leads to Port Arthur. This was a hard fought and somewhat costly battle for a strong position. We used up more ammunition in this battle than all our armies used in the war with China.
Naval officer 2: i take it Imperial General headquarters is upset over this?
Army Officer: Shocked would be a better word. I don't think anyone predicted we would use up this much ammuntion. There again the road to port Arthur is open. I hope general Nogi's 3rd army will capture it soon.
Naval Officer 2: i hope so too!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 22, 2012, 04:16:38 PM
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From what I gather his first meeting with the imperial family was on November 1, 1905. From that point on he'll be an indespensable character in the story up to his December, 1916 death.


Yeah, it was Alexei's close call in  1912 at Spala that really put him over the top.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 22, 2012, 11:15:39 PM
Nice James! I'm hoping you also have something up your sleeve for the Treaty of Portsmouth too. Witte's time to shine.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 23, 2012, 12:11:21 PM
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Treaty of Portsmouth


That's the treaty that ended the war with Japan, if memory serves me.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on October 23, 2012, 08:09:00 PM
At Port Arthur a russian army officer is sitting in nicely furnished room drinking tea when a second really disheveled officer staggers in
Officer 1: would you like some tea?
Officer 2; No, I need something stronger.
Officer 1: Vodka?
Officer 2: Yes, thanks (takes a swig from the bottle and sits down at the table with the other officer)
Officer 1: And how was the battle at Nanshan
Officer 2: terrible! we were heavily shelled by japanese artillery all our guns were either knocked out or ran out of ammunition. Then the japanese charged and charged. we probably could have held the hill if we had been sent some reinforcements but the division commander general Fock didn't send us any. He did soon after dark order us to retreat. Not everyone got the word and the ones who didn't were left behind to be killed or captured. Our retreat soon degenerated into a rout all the way to port Arthur. When we got here Stossel called the soldiers "Traitors, cowards and blackguards". Then he remembered the Tsar had commanded him to distrube St George Crosses to all the wounded who remained in the ranks. More than 300 men stepped out which exceded the number of crosses he had to pass out. so he had the doctor seperate out the seriously wound and 60 were decorated
Officer 1: with idiots like Stossel and Fock in command i have doubts about this fortress holding out until relieved
Officer 2: If "Seven Devils " Smirov was in command we would . He is a real soldier!
Officer 1: Smirov is supposed to be in command but Stossel has refused to hand it over to him and everytime Smirov issues an order Stossel countermands it!
Officer 2: God help us!
Officer 1: Stossel has also recommended Fock for the order of St george 3rd Class for his "leadership' , "courage" ect at nanshan. he has also refused supplies of food and medicine from neutral ships that have run the blockade
Officer 2: Stossel must be insane!
Officer 2: many people think so but unless someone shoots him we are stuck with him as a commander!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 24, 2012, 06:55:01 PM
While James is still hammering out more good war scenes and I contemplate how to formerly introduce Father Grigory into our story here is another scene I've come up with. Something on the lighter side. I'm bouncing around the time line a bit so don't be thrown off that I've suddenly jumped about four years ahead.

Autumn, 1910 – Alexander Palace

We catch up with the imperial couple at home in Alexei’s bedroom. It’s late in the evening on a quiet night and their young son has finally fallen asleep after battling a hemophilia attack from earlier the previous day. The worst seems to be over but that doesn’t keep Alexandra from remaining bedside.

Nicholas creeks the door open and tip toes his way into the room. Alexei is breathing rather heavily but still asleep. Alexandra is passed out in a chair several feet away from her child with a half read book opened and spread out on her lap. Nicholas comes near, leans over and places his hand in her shoulder...


Nicholas (whispering): Sunny…Sunny it’s me.
Alexandra (coming to): Hello. Goodness, what time is it?
Nicholas: It’s late, it’s about two in the morning.
Alexandra (glancing over at Alexei): How long have I been asleep?
Nicholas: A couple of hours. I couldn’t convince you to come to bed. I was hoping to now.
Alexandra: I’m not sure I should leave his side…he’s still breathing heavily.
Nicholas: He’ll sleep well until the morning.
Alexandra: I was dreaming about him.
Nicholas: Oh? What exactly?
Alexandra: I saw him as a young man and then years later, much older...perhaps a little older than you are now. He was Tsar. He looked a lot like you but one could tell the difference…he was speaking in front of a great many and they were listening intently to each and every word. He stood above them like a great leader.
Nicholas: Just as I often imagine.
Alexandra: I could see the looks on the faces of the people, and the Grand Dukes and ministers, and all the women of the court. They loved him so. He was more than a Tsar even, he was God himself to them.
Nicholas: One day Sunny it will be just as you dream.
Alexandra: Sometimes I wonder. Times like these he is so very weak. God has put him through such a great ordeal.
Nicholas: Put us all through one.
Alexandra: It’s temporary. The sick boy will grow up to be a powerful man and a great Tsar.
Nicholas: He bears your strength and passion my dear.
Alexandra (smiling): I think his best traits come from his father.
Nicholas: My father was hard on me. I was in awe of him of course, but I was never well prepared to accept the responsibilities of being Emperor.
Alexandra: We were young…it was all terribly sudden.
Nicholas: I was a perfectly healthy young man. By the age of 26 I pray my son will be too.
Alexandra: I do believe that these years are the worst. Father Grigory believes it too.
Nicholas: Our friend has been a great blessing.
Alexandra (gazing over again): Look at him…such a beautiful child. I can only imagine how handsome a man he will become. He’ll have the hand of every princess in Europe to choose from.
Nicholas: Where should we look for a suitable bride I wonder?
Alexandra: France? England? Greece?
Nicholas: I found my soul mate in Hesse.
Alexandra (blushing): And my perfect husband in Russia.
Nicholas (pausing to smile while running his hand through her hair and down her face): May our daughters be the wives the kings.
Alexandra: It sometimes amazes me that our Olga is now fifteen. It won’t be long before we start hearing of suitors and proposals I suppose.
Nicholas: Yes, Olga I believe will take her time. She’s a very particular girl. I don’t believe she’d be willing to leave Russia for any man.
Alexandra: Then I suppose she'll have to settle for one of your young cousins.
Nicholas: Tatiana will make a fine Queen or princess...she’s very regal even at her young age.
Alexandra: She also has a unique look...a striking beauty. The young gentlemen pay her extra close attention. I see it often.
Nicholas: Then of course Marie is our little angel. I can tell she’s already shown a great interest in other boys. She’ll make a good wife if she doesn’t run off to live in the convent first.
Alexandra (giggling quietly): No her sisters tell me that she wants no more and no less than to marry, live on a farm, and raise twenty children.
Nicholas: Twenty, is that all?
Alexandra: Ah yes, but if you think our little Mashka is outrageous just wait until Anastasia comes of age.
Nicholas: Oh dear yes. I must admit to pitying the nice young man who wins her hand. How could anyone handle her?
Alexandra: Oh she’ll be different by then. We won’t even recognize her a few years from now. The impish girl in her will fade in time.
Nicholas: I hope she doesn’t lose all of her prankish behavior with age. It’s part of her charm.
Alexandra: Indeed…[extended pause as both parents look over a Alexei again]…oh look at him. He looks perfect. Sometimes I see him like this and it’s hard for me to believe that anything could be wrong.
Nicholas: It gives us hope for the future. He’s quieted down, can you hear?
Alexandra: Yes, incredible. Here we are jabbering away and he manages to fall deeper into sleep. It would take an explosion to wake him when he gets like this.
Nicholas: Dreaming of the vast empire that will one day be his I hope.
Alexandra: Yes.
Nicholas: Come now Sunny. Lets get you some rest in a real bed.

Nicholas and Alexandra gaze once more at their sleeping boy and the Tsar then leads his wife by the hand as they quietly exit the room. Scene cuts away…
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 25, 2012, 10:51:48 AM
Makes you almost wish they had seen "Our Friend" for what he was and sent him packing..
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 25, 2012, 11:34:22 AM
Makes you almost wish they had seen "Our Friend" for what he was and sent him packing..

Indeed. I try to construct these scenes in a such a way that you get the tenderness of Nicholas & Alexandra. You get lost in their conversations for a moment and start believing that these were ordinary people with perfectly normal concerns and dreams for their children and family. But slipping a line about Rasputin in there I believe is a helpful way to remind the viewer that their lives are anything but normal and their judgement is anything but level headed.

Always a tinge of sadness even during their happy times...always a threatening storm cloud even on their sunniest of days.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 26, 2012, 12:11:53 PM
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Indeed. I try to construct these scenes in a such a way that you get the tenderness of Nicholas & Alexandra. You get lost in their conversations for a moment and start believing that these were ordinary people with perfectly normal concerns and dreams for their children and family. But slipping a line about Rasputin in there I believe is a helpful way to remind the viewer that their lives are anything but normal and their judgement is anything but level headed.

You're doing a great job here.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 26, 2012, 10:53:02 PM
Thanks again Tim. Taking a stab at this now. See what you think...

November 1, 1905 – Tsarskoe Selo

The Empress and Tsar are shown seated comfortably in a room taking tea in the afternoon with Grand Duchess sisters Stana and Militsa of Montenegro as well as Anya Vyrubova, lady in waiting and close friend to the Empress. We pick things up as a visitor has entered the room. His name is Grigory Rasputin and he has been invited by the three ladies to meet with Nicholas and Alexandra.

Without the sound of voices and only faint mysterious music playing we see Rasputin being led into the room where he greets the imperial couple by dropping to his knees. He closes his eyes and begins speaking aloud a short biblical verse. Nicholas looks surprised, Alexandra sits and stares with a firm look of conviction and the other women are standing, as he kneels to pray, in apparent admiration.

The music cuts away and we quickly shift to Rasputin in mid conversation. He’s telling his interested hosts of his background…


Rasputin: When I was fifteen in my village in the summertime, the sun warmed me and the birds sang their heavenly songs. I dreamed of God. My soul yearned for the distance. Dreaming many times I wept and did not know myself where these tears had come from or why…so right then my youth passed. In a kind of contemplation, a kind of dream. And later, when life brushed and touched me, I would run into a corner and secretly pray. I was not content and could not find the answer to many things. I was sad, I began drinking, and I sinned.
Nicholas: Where is it you grew up?
Rasputin: I come from a small village, Pokrovskoye. Have you ever heard of it?
Alexandra (turning to her husband): No
Nicholas (cutting in): It joggles my memory some. Near Tobolsk in Siberia, yes?
Rasputin: Yes, yes you are correct. I lived along the Tura River. That is where my brother Dmitri and my sister Maria died.
Alexandra: Oh, my. You were all very young still?
Rasputin: Yes. We were all children. She drowned and sometime later my brother caught the pneumonia and died. He fell into a pond, it was very cold you see. I pulled him out of there and rescued him…but he quickly fell ill and died but days later.
Alexandra: How awful.
Rasputin: It was a blessing for me.
Nicholas: A blessing?
Rasputin: I couldn’t save them you see. I wasn’t strong enough as a boy. So I dedicated myself to being a strong man, a holy man, a man of great spiritual power. I have since saved many others…my own children are now named Dmitri and Maria.
Alexandra (smiling): How lovely.
Nicholas: Just how long would you say you’ve have this spiritual gift?
Rasputin: When I was boy my father Efim had a horse stolen. We didn’t have much so losing a horse is a terrible thing for a peasant. One night while I was sleeping the Lord gave me strength and guided me. There were many villagers in our home. In my dreams I had a vision…I saw the man’s face, the face of the thief. He was among us. I knew exactly what he looked like and pointed him out (pointing across the room). My father was not convinced nor were the others. The man was angry and protested but I didn’t flinch. That night I was given a good beating by my father. The man was a friend of ours. It wasn’t long before the truth came out. He was followed home one night and two men spying on him saw him take out the horse for a ride in the forest. He had no choice but to admit the crime and was punished. (smiling) My father stopped hitting me after that.
Nicholas: You could have made a good detective Grigory Yefimovich.
Rasputin: Ah, yes. But I had a greater calling. I spent three months in a monastery when I was eighteen. I saw the Virgin Mary. I then met a man named Makariy who lived in a hut. He was a mystic healer, as I am now. He had great influence on me. For two years I then travelled about. I went to Greece and Jerusalem, I was a pilgrim…and then I came back to my homeland of Russia. St. Petersburg called me to return.
Alexandra: Grigory Yefimovich…what is it that you believe?
Rasputin: I believe that God has blessed me and given me power, great power. I can see the future and I heal in the name of Christ. I believe in sin and then repentance…before we can repent we must first sin. But there is also sin of pride. I can be of service to you, to your children. The Lord has brought me here today to see you…Batushka, Matushka [kneeling down before them again]…you requested me, the women sent for me, but our meeting is the work of God.
Nicholas: Come now dear fellow…rise.
Rasputin (slowly rising back to his feet): I am the voice of the people. The tears of the life of the Russian people. I’ve been in St. Petersburg long enough to know that it’s a place of great sin an awful men. There are many here who work against you, and who reject me. The nobles are not true Russians, they are another race. Spit on all their fears and rule.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 26, 2012, 10:53:18 PM
The camera shows Alexandra sitting up straight in her chair grinning and noticeably taken with her first meeting with the Starets. Nicholas sits back in his chair and puffs on a cigarette. He appears modestly impressed but is still sizing up the rather curious fellow in their presence. The room is silent except for the ticking of a clock and Rasputin standing upright clenches his eye lids together momentarily.

The scene cuts quickly to Rasputin being led in a carriage presumably taking him back into to town. He turns just before stepping in as he notices the Tsar and Empress starring and bidding him farewell from a window. After he is driven away the Empress and Tsar quickly turn their attention to Vyrubova as the Grand Duchess's have exited the scene...


Nicholas: Well Anya he’s just as you described…pale faced, long hair, un-cared for beard, the stench of an animal…although not too offensive an odor.
Alexandra (cutting in): What draws me to him has nothing to do with his appearance…except for maybe his eyes.
Anya Vyrubova: Yes madam, aren't they the most extraordinary eyes? Large, light and brilliant. It’s as if he can see into a man’s soul.
Alexandra: Perhaps he can.
Anya Vyrubova: I’m so pleased you agreed to meet him. Father Grigory can offer you so much. When your or the children are ill he can be a healer. He wishes to serve you and you only.
Alexandra (excitedly): Oh I must know more.
Anya Vyrubova (walking with the couple down a hallway): When he arrived back in St. Petersburg from his pilgrimage he was received by Father Kronstadt. He has a wife who bore four children. Two of his daughters live with him now. He has the approval of Father Theophan and Bishop Hermogen of Saratov.
Nicholas: Sounds like impressive credentials to me. Still I worry. There are rumors abound. Many think of this Rasputin as a charlatan. Alexandra (stopping to turn and look her husband in the face): Do you remember what Monsieur Philippe told us before leaving for good? He said that someday we would have another friend like him who will speak to us of God.

Nicholas, taking Alexandra by the hands grins and nods slightly in approval. The three resume walking and the conversation continues in the background as the musical score takes over. The scene fades out...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 27, 2012, 12:34:52 AM
That's right, Nicky, he IS a phony.  Too bad your wife couldn't see that.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 29, 2012, 11:55:12 AM
May, 1907 - London, England

Leon Trotsky is shown knocking on a door at the side of a large church. The Brotherhood Church is the spot of the "Fifth Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party". He gazes around as he waits momentarily. We then hear locks undone and the door is opened. Standing in front of him is a man appearing rugged yet healthy and roughly in his late-20s. A man that he would later come to be greatly associated with...

Joseph Stalin (nodding and calling out to these seated in the room behind him): Gentleman. We have a visitor.
Vladimir Lenin (rising from his chair): Ah, Trotsky!
Trotsky: Ilyich!
Vladimir Lenin: Gentleman...ladies...you all know Leon Trotsky.

Trotsky is greeted enthusiastically by the several Bolshevik leaders seated around a table with paperwork in front of them and discussing plans...

Vladimir: Nadya, would you mean putting on another pot of tea? It looks as though we are just getting started here.

Trotsky takes off his overcoat placing in on the back of his chair while speaking to the men seated around...

Maxim Litvinov: We trust you did your best not to be followed...?
Trotsky: Yes, I doubled back even. I don't think anyone recognizes me in these parts anyhow.
Leonid Krasnin: Well you can never be too careful I suppose.
Alexander Bogdanov: Yes it seems the Tsar has the secret police roaming about everywhere in Russiaa, and since he has relations here England I wouldn't be surprised to see his deathly grip reach us even here.
Trotsky: Seems that he's determined to sweep away the last remaining remnants of the revolution.
Lenin: I was reading Miliukov yesterday and greatly annoyed. Even he claims the revolutionary attempts to have been futile. Nothing has changed he said. The struggle goes on as it did before Bloody Sunday and the manifesto.
Nadya Krupskaya (leaning over Trotsky and serving him a cup of tea): Sugar?
Trotsky: Yes, thank you...the proletariat knows what it does not want. It was neither the police thug Trepov not the liberal financial shark Witte...neither the wolf's snout or the fox's tail. It rejects the police whip wrapped in the parchment of the constitution.
Krasnin: There is disorder everywhere. Riots in the streets where police have had their powers reduced. Peasants in the Baltic states are rising up against their German landlords. In Finland and Poland they cry for independence.
Bogdanov: A few months ago the Moscow Soviet led those two thousands students to the barricades. It took the government ten days to put down the revolt. Those young men are heroes and we are strong!
Litvinov: The revolutionary spirit is great but it needs some leadership.
Lenin: It also needs to be well funded.
Trotsky: Yes that is most certainly a primary concern. I'm not sure any financiers would be caught dead speaking to any of us much less monetarily aiding a revolution. Maybe we ought to try looting a Romanov palace (snickering to himself as Stalin sipping from his cup of tea stares directly at him, unamused, as though to size him up).
Lenin: Ah, you might have unknowingly stumbled upon something that we have been discussing in great detail.
Trotsky: What was that?
Lenin: Stalin here is helping us plan a robbery.
Trotsky (glancing over at Stalin): Oh? A robbery of whom?
Lenin: The Yerevan Square expropriation in Georgia. Joseph here is a native and quite familiar.
Stalin: Myself and an associate of mind or quite familiar with the shipping procedures of cash to the bank. We will hit them with a barrage of bombs and gun fire.
Trotsky: Hit the bank?
Lenin (smiling): No the stagecoach carrying the cash. Stalin here tells us that there ought to be at least 300,000 rubles for the taking.
Trotsky: Well I hope there is more to the plan than simply to blow up a stage coach. It sounds dangerous to me and could involve many more deaths if it's done in a town...(turning to Stalin) who is this "associate" of yours by the way?
Stalin: You can call him "Kamo"
Trotsky: Kamo...is that code for something? What is this man's name?
Stalin (irritatedly): Kamo is good enough, just as many know me as Koba. Is there a problem Trotsky?
Trotsky (turning his attention back to Lenin): We are entrusting a violent undertaking that may cost many innocent lives, have our men killed...or worse yet captured, and risk the popular support of our cause to Mr. Stalin here to my left and his friend "Kamo"?
Lenin: No, we are all involved in the planning. All the men you see before you presently discussed this in Berlin a month ago. That's why you were asked here Trotsky. We value your input and trust that you will not speak of such a controversial act. The fewer men who know the more easily it will be to distance ourselves in the event of the kind of the failure that worries you.
Stalin: It won't fail. The RSLDP has been successful in executing many robberies in the past.
Trotsky: And what do Martov and the Mensheviks think of this?
Litvinov: Martov continues to preach of non-violence. He thinks we can have revolution without shedding any blood. There is a reason why our groups split from each each other four years ago.
Lenin: Trotsky we understand your concerns, but Stalin is an invaluable member of our team and a loyal revolutionary. Now please, let us cool off now that we've cleared the air. Shall we discuss the route of the stagecoach?

Stalin rises and leans over a map rolled out in the middle of the table and begins to outline the route and the location of the attack. The scene cuts away.

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on October 30, 2012, 07:12:58 AM
Ah, the villians of the piece have a get-together.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on October 30, 2012, 05:06:21 PM
I don't think Stalin discussed his 1907 Tiflis bank robbery with Lenin or anybody else in the Bolo leadership see the book "Young Stalin" this was most likely why the Czarist gendarmes ect could not arrest him for it before 1917.
As for Rasputin the book "The Murder of Grigory rasputin" by margarita nelpa needs to be consuled. It looks like he was a victem of a smear job.
and now back to the RJ war:
Towards the end of July 1904 at mukden two russian officers are sitting at a table when a third walks in
Officer 1: Well! its my old friend from the military academy ivan ivanovitch. come over and have a drink!
Officer 3 sits down at the table and takes a drink of champage
Officer 2 and how was your trip?
Officer 3: A nightmare! So many accidents, derailments and delays i lost count! Some days we moved so slowly I could have got out and walked faster! About 5% of the soldiers on my train alone deserted. other trains had similar desertion rates. part of the problem is many of the reservists called up are in the 39 to 43 year old age group. They are mostly heads of households are bitter about being called up. many have never handled a m-1891 rifle or been trained in modern infantry tactics. most were given less than 10 days of training and then loaded on a train to manchuria. To make thing worse while in some districts all the reservists were called up but in others none were called up and some soldiers who completed their terms of service are being discharged. Add to this revolutionary groups are passing out anti-war and anti- goverment propaganda leaflets to the soldiers on our troop trains.
Officer 2: What a mess! No wonder the moral of many of our soldiers is so low!
Officer 3; i also witnessed a number of drunken riots by our soldiers on the way out here. How goes the war?
Officer 1 : badly, General Kuropatkin would like to pull back until ehough of our soldiers have arrived to defeat the japanese. But, Admiral Alexeiev convinced the tsar that port Arthur neede to be relieved so a force was sent off to do that and it was defeated at Te-Li-ssu which is right here on this map of mine. (Shows position on map)
Officer 3: How on earth did an Admiral ever become a viceroy?
Officer 2: It is said he stood in for Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch, the Tsars uncle and Grand Admiral of the navy in a drunken brawl in Marsellies and was promoted as a reward
Officer 1: In late june we abandoned Motien pass (points a spot on map) without a fight. This was a strong position which should have been defended. Then just recently we tried to retake and failed.
Officer 3; I hope we can get enough here soon enough to be able to defeat the Japanese. This war is turning out to be a real disaster.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on October 30, 2012, 05:41:45 PM
St Petersburg a fashionable salon mid July 1904 to ladies who are old friends meet again:
Lady 1: My dear how nice to see you again! (they hug and kiss)  Tell me about your trip!
Lady 2: It was fairly good except when I visited Warsaw during the big anti-war protest there in late May. About 1000 socialists marched through the streets carrying red flags inscribed "War on War' one one side and "Down with Tsarism" on the other. The police made no attempt to stop them and some even took their hats off to them!
Lady 1: How awful! Hpw could those Poles do such a thing! they need to be patriotic!
Lady 2: There are many Russians who are opposed to this war as well. It is also a bit much to expect Poles to be "patriotic". Also the army has taken over the railroads for the war and it is hurting trade throughout the empire. It also looks like this years harvest will be a poor one
Lady 1: Things aren't going to well in Finnland either the Govenor general has been assassinated.
Lady 2: And our army and navy keep getting defeated by the japanese. how could those people be so stupid!
Lady 1; i agree.
Lady 2: How is the Empress doing?
Lady 1; She is supposedly do any day now.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 30, 2012, 05:45:06 PM
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I don't think Stalin discussed his 1907 Tiflis bank robbery with Lenin or anybody else in the Bolo leadership see the book "Young Stalin" this was most likely why the Czarist gendarmes ect could not arrest him for it before 1917.

Interesting. Do you have anything you can quote since I don't have the "Young Stalin" available as a reference? I read from the following...

http://books.google.com/books?id=zQL8POkFGIQC&pg=PA58&lpg=PA58&hl=en#v=onepage&q=tiflis&f=false

As well as Wikipedia...

Before the 5th Congress met, high-ranking Bolsheviks held a meeting in Berlin in April 1907 to discuss staging a robbery to obtain funds to purchase arms. Attendees included Lenin, Krasin, Bogdanov, Joseph Stalin, and Maxim Litvinov. The group decided that Stalin, then known by his earlier nom de guerre Koba, and the Armenian Simon Ter-Petrossian, known as Kamo, should organize a bank robbery in the city of Tiflis.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 30, 2012, 05:53:34 PM
James, really good stuff. I like how you've tied things together. Updates on the war, the brewing revolution, even the poor harvest to be expected. Then the pregnant and nearly due Empress! Good lead in to Alexei's birth.

Who are these two women by the way. Would it be worthwhile giving them names such as a lady in waiting or nanny? Sophie Buxhoeven or Margaretta Eagar?
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on October 30, 2012, 06:32:28 PM
No name just 2 unnamed women at a St Petersburg Salon there were quite a few of them as i understand it. According to the book "The Murder of Grigory rasputin" the most exclusive during WW I were GD Maria Ps (Natrualy), Betsy Shuvalova's, Dolly Sheremetyekua's and Elizabeth "Zizi" Narashina's. For men there was the St petersburg Yacht club for Grand Dukes and other VIPs.
I am glad somebody likes my writing of course it would probably be a little to much for a miniseries

Back to the RJ war two japanese Naval officers are sitting at a table drinking saki
Naval officer 1; The army is furious at us!
Naval officer 2; For good reason that damn Vladvostok crusier squadron has sunk a number of ships carrying supplies for the army. Two friegters were carrying locomotives and now the supply trains in manchuria can't move!
Naval officer 1: Then there was the Hitachi Maru sunk with the siege guns the army needs to reduce port Arthur.
Naval Officer 2: The Russians fleet set sail from Port Arthur on the 23rd of june. Just when they were about to get into range of our guns they turned around and went back!
naval officer 1: It appears there fleet is commanded by either a coward or an idiot.
Naval officer 2: Word is the Russian baltic fleet is getting ready to sail here.
Naval officer 1: Lets hope we can destroy their Pacific fleet without losing to many more of our ships before they get here otherwise we are doomed.
Naval officer 2: I agree!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 30, 2012, 07:03:57 PM
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No name just 2 unnamed women at a St Petersburg Salon there were quite a few of them as i understand it.

Yeah it's fine having them unnamed. In some ways it works better because the audience doesn't need to be overwhelmed trying to keep track of character names that aren't that important to begin with. Sometimes though it's good to have a scene that brings in someone new. Sophie B for example is somewhat noteworthy and she hasn't been introduced to this point. I have Eagar in two or three or scenes but she's out of the story by 1905. Probably not a bad time to introduce Gilliard (having only mentioned him once by name to this point) I suppose but I'll need something specifically involving the family to do that. If I remember correctly in the movie Nicholas first mentions his name while seeing him out the window playing with the girls and asking Alexandra who he is.

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I am glad somebody likes my writing of course it would probably be a little to much for a miniseries

The last scene you wrote I think stands perfectly on its own strengths. The information from all of your posts is invaluable and certain scenes that are interesting to us but might seem a little dry to the average viewer can be modified. We could probably take certain lines that you and I have written and piece them together to create something else. There are also ways to edit down and truncate things. I'll consult with you once I begin the process of editing which should begin sometime before the turn of the next century :-)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 31, 2012, 04:51:41 PM
The next scene will be mostly void of dialogue. I'm showing the events of the attack and robbery as they unfold before bringing the scene and subject to a close.

June 26, 1907 - Tiflis, Georgia

We catch up with things on Wednesday morning the 26th of June. It's around 10:25 am and the streets of Erevan Square are filled with pedestrians going about their daily business. The camera pans around to show officers stationed at various street corners and a bar filled with men drinking and milling about between snippets of daily urban life; men reading newspapers, women hanging wet laundry on clothes lines, street vendors selling food, and businessman in conversation, etc. We then show a large stagecoach turning the corner to proceed its way down the main avenue. It carries inside two bank tellers each carrying satchels and making their way towards the Russian Imperial Bank. Surrounding them are Cossack guards mounted on horseback. The added protection is a result of the local authorities having been tipped off just days earlier of the possibility of an attack and robbery...

The camera focuses back in on the crowd at the tavern, just across the street and in the middle of the main square. Many men are finishing up their pints and one man in particular is shown pulling back a curtain and peering out of the front window of the establishment. From his vantage point we see the stagecoach pass. Coming towards him from across the intersection is another man, Kamo, dressed in a cavalry officers uniform and riding in a horse-drawn phaeton carriage. Suddenly the chatter in the background ceases and we are taken into slow motion. Kamo looks towards the tavern and raises his hand as if to give a signal. The eyes of revolutionary stationed at the window grow large and he turns towards his associates behind him yelling out. Immediately they begin to pull a combination of grenades and revolvers out from their pockets and tucked in shirts and pour out the door. The bartender is focused in on briefly...a look of panic races across his face...

The robbers quickly catch up to the slow moving carriage and hoist their bombs towards both the stagecoach and surrounding guards. A sudden series of explosions tears through the morning air. Cossacks are thrown from their horses and their lifeless bodies crash to ground. Pedestrians are too shown lying about either killed or writhing in pain. The robbers approach the stagecoach with pistols drawn but a bloodied horse makes its way back to its feet and in terror takes off down the road. Unable to catch up on foot and with other policeman stationed elsewhere the assassins flee the scene firing shots at the officers and indiscriminately throughout the crowd. Other men stationed further up the street however shoot at and kill the horse to stop its momentum. They reach into the remnants of the shattered and burning stagecoach and grab both satchels...

The camera then focuses quickly in on Kamo who is charging ahead still in his own carriage. He is firing his pistol in the air and screaming at the crowd to clear the way as he races down the road. He then catches up to the two robbers. One man tosses a satchel to Kamo who gallops away and the other takes off in the opposite direction. The camera, now recording events at regular speed, follows Kamo who has hidden the satchel under seat and approaches a police carriage heading towards the scene of the crime. Mistaken for an officer the policeman shouts, "we are setting up a perimeter to catch the robbers...have the assassins fled?", to which Kamo responds "The money's safe, run to the square!" The police carriage mistakenly obeys and passes on as Kamo is shown heading down the side street in the opposite direction...

The scene then cuts to another assassin dressed in a teachers uniform. He stuffs his pistol in his pants and is shown running toward to crime scene. He stops short of the carnage, stunned. People are shown tending to victims and bodies, both injured and killed are being dragged out of the street. Shrieks of pain and terror can be heard all around. Lastly the camera pulls back and shows Joseph Stalin standing in the doorway of his home across the square, cigarette in hand. He gazes out upon the policeman and pedestrians scurrying about in opposite directions. He looks neither alarmed, disappointed or pleased as he steps back inside his home and closes the door behind him. The scene fades out.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on October 31, 2012, 06:20:53 PM
Port Arthur late june 1904 a Russian army officer bumps into a Russian naval officer he knows:
Army officer: I see you're back
Naval officer: Sadly yes i thought after weeks of waiting and getting ready to sail we were finally going to get away from Port Arthur. However, just as we were about to get into gun range of the Japanese fleet the idiot of an Admiral of ours decided to turn back. If we had kept going we would have gotten into a running gun battle with the japanese and it was getting dark. We would have lost some ships but at least one half-two-thirds of ships could have made it to Vladivostok. Now just about every man in the squadron feels this was our last chance to get away. now most of the men and some of our guns have been sent ashore to defend the fortress.
Army officer: well i am glad in away to have you all back this fortress needs every able man to defend it until we are relieved.
Naval officer: With the idiots we have in command and the fact that the Baltic fleet hasn't even set sail yet. i would not bet money on that.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on October 31, 2012, 09:46:01 PM
A additon for the 2 ladies in the St Petersburg Salon. Lets make them ladies in waiting to GD Marie P who's Salon was one of the centers of the Social scene:
Lady 2: I understand Cyril and Boris Vladimirich are both back from war?
Lady 1: Yes , they are, one wonders how are side will ever defeat the japanese without them! (giggles)
Lady 2 Rumor has it boris was in liaoyang drunk and the army commander General Kuropatkin rebuked him for his behavior and Boris is said to have aimed a blow at the General with his sword.
Lady1: I have heard that too but i don't know whether it is correct or not.
(another lady walks in the room in a hurry)
Lady 3: Have you heard the latest news?
Lady 1: No, What?
Lady 3: The minester of the Interior Pleve was blown up by a bomb!
Lady2 : How awful! but it's not surprising he was the most hated man in the Empire!
Lady 1 : I have met him a few times. To tell the truth he scared me.
Lady 2: i don't blame you he supposedly had his foster parents sent to Siberia and nobody know even his date of birth or where he was born.
Lady 3: this is the second Minester of the Interior thats been killed in two years?
Lady 1: One wonders which walking corpse will get the job next?
Lady 2: Just as long it's not one of my male relatives. Some of which would probably crawl on their hands and knees all the way to manchuria to fight the japanese to get out of this sort of job!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on October 31, 2012, 09:59:12 PM
Nice scene. Plehve I assume? This connects pretty well to a couple of scenes I have already done on him, including his assassination.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on November 01, 2012, 12:06:23 PM
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June 26, 1907 - Tiflis, Georgia

We catch up with things on Wednesday morning the 26th of June. It's around 10:25 am and the streets of Erevan Square are filled with pedestrians going about their daily business. The camera pans around to show officers stationed at various street corners and a bar filled with men drinking and milling about between snippets of daily urban life; men reading newspapers, women hanging wet laundry on clothes lines, street vendors selling food, and businessman in conversation, etc. We then show a large stagecoach turning the corner to proceed its way down the main avenue. It carries inside two bank tellers each carrying satchels and making their way towards the Russian Imperial Bank. Surrounding them are Cossack guards mounted on horseback. The added protection is a result of the local authorities having been tipped off just days earlier of the possibility of an attack and robbery...

The camera focuses back in on the crowd at the tavern, just across the street and in the middle of the main square. Many men are finishing up their pints and one man in particular is shown pulling back a curtain and peering out of the front window of the establishment. From his vantage point we see the stagecoach pass. Coming towards him from across the intersection is another man, Kamo, dressed in a cavalry officers uniform and riding in a horse-drawn phaeton carriage. Suddenly the chatter in the background ceases and we are taken into slow motion. Kamo looks towards the tavern and raises his hand as if to give a signal. The eyes of revolutionary stationed at the window grow large and he turns towards his associates behind him yelling out. Immediately they begin to pull a combination of grenades and revolvers out from their pockets and tucked in shirts and pour out the door. The bartender is focused in on briefly...a look of panic races across his face...

The robbers quickly catch up to the slow moving carriage and hoist their bombs towards both the stagecoach and surrounding guards. A sudden series of explosions tears through the morning air. Cossacks are thrown from their horses and their lifeless bodies crash to ground. Pedestrians are too shown lying about either killed or writhing in pain. The robbers approach the stagecoach with pistols drawn but a bloodied horse makes its way back to its feet and in terror takes off down the road. Unable to catch up on foot and with other policeman stationed elsewhere the assassins flee the scene firing shots at the officers and indiscriminately throughout the crowd. Other men stationed further up the street however shoot at and kill the horse to stop its momentum. They reach into the remnants of the shattered and burning stagecoach and grab both satchels...

The camera then focuses quickly in on Kamo who is charging ahead still in his own carriage. He is firing his pistol in the air and screaming at the crowd to clear the way as he races down the road. He then catches up to the two robbers. One man tosses a satchel to Kamo who gallops away and the other takes off in the opposite direction. The camera, now recording events at regular speed, follows Kamo who has hidden the satchel under seat and approaches a police carriage heading towards the scene of the crime. Mistaken for an officer the policeman shouts, "we are setting up a perimeter to catch the robbers...have the assassins fled?", to which Kamo responds "The money's safe, run to the square!" The police carriage mistakenly obeys and passes on as Kamo is shown heading down the side street in the opposite direction...

The scene then cuts to another assassin dressed in a teachers uniform. He stuffs his pistol in his pants and is shown running toward to crime scene. He stops short of the carnage, stunned. People are shown tending to victims and bodies, both injured and killed are being dragged out of the street. Shrieks of pain and terror can be heard all around. Lastly the camera pulls back and shows Joseph Stalin standing in the doorway of his home across the square, cigarette in hand. He gazes out upon the policeman and pedestrians scurrying about in opposite directions. He looks neither alarmed, disappointed or pleased as he steps back inside his home and closes the door behind him. The scene fades out.

Excellent scene, showing the chaos that Stalin and Co. unleashed.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 10, 2012, 12:33:58 AM
Alright, back from vacation and back to work...

July, 1906 – St. Petersburg

In the wake of such revolutionary chaos that persists even with the establishment of the Manifesto and Duma Tsar Nicholas is greatly distraught. We catch up with him at the Winter Palace having received the Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and his soon to be outgoing Prime Minister Ivan Goremykin. The men are taking tea in the afternoon and discussing the affairs of state...

GD Alexander: There is great turmoil in the city, but it’s the chaos beyond our view that worries me more. I’ve spoken to a few men…Prince Lvov just the other day was telling me of the peasant revolts in the Baltic states. They rose up against their German landlords quite successfully (takes a sip of tea).
Nicholas (Shaking his head in disgust while pacing back and forth behind his desk): This is disgraceful Sandro. I’d like someone to point out to me who or what is most to blame but I think they’ll be pointing in all directions.
GD Alexander: Perhaps the Duma needs more time your majesty.
Nicholas (sarcastic shuckle): I allowed for a Duma because my country was in peril. There is no other reason. It was a decision made under duress. No man can make a decision with a clear conscience when a gun is pointed at his head!
Goremykin: Your majesty if I may…I think it might be time to shake things up again.
Nicholas (easing back into his chair): Meaning what exactly?
Goremykin: Perhaps it’s not in my best interest to say this, but as someone always loyal to you and the crown I think the most suitable action would be to make a change at the top.
Nicholas: I can easily enough dissolve the Duma.
Goremykin: Not dissolve it sire, not just yet at least. Rather to replace me. My council is no longer of value to you. I am becoming an old man and this government needs a fresh face and new ideas.
Nicholas: Mr. Chairman I’ve always valued your council. I won’t permit good men to keep walking away from me the moment things become stressful…just like Witte did.
Goremykin: I’ve had my disagreements with Count Witte in the past but he didn’t simply walk away your majesty. He just wasn’t the right man for the job…neither am I.
GD Alexander: Witte is not a party leader. He’s most effective when given a more specific duty. Like brokering the treaty with the Americans and Japanese or obtaining for the government a loan of two billion francs from France.
Goremykin: I agree whole heartedly with his highness your majesty.
Nicholas: Well I have had quite enough of last year’s experiment. It’s still like a nightmare to me…tell me Goremykin, in the event that I were to accept your resignation who would you recommend as your successor?
Goremykin: I would never dream of leaving my post vacant or recommend to you a fool for my position. There is a man we know, Pyotr Stolypin. He is intelligent, ambitions, diligent and a natural born leader. Perfectly suited to the rigors of the job and I believe he would serve you quite well your majesty.
GD Alexander: Stolypin, your interior minister?
Goremykin: Yes your highness.
GD Alexander: The obvious choice as successor.
Nicholas (cutting in): I know very little about this man. Tell me more.

Scene cuts away to show several clips of Stolypin working diligently at his desk, speaking to ministers outside of Mariinsky Palace, and mingling with high minded aristocrats in taverns while Goremykin begins to describe him to Tsar Nicholas…

Goremykin: He’s from a noble family and was the youngest man ever appointed governor in Grodno four years ago. He quickly moved up to governor of Saratov. He managed to hold things together quite impressively during these times of turmoil and gained a reputation as a strong and decisive leader, putting down nearly all of the peasant revolts. He uses the Okhrana efficiently and is popular with the police. People were hailing him as the most effective provincial governor in many years. It was around that time that he was brought to my attention and has served me well ever since.
Nicholas (nodding in approval): Pyotr Stolypin...alright then.
GD Alexander: I understand he is progressive minded but not a liberal. Loyal to the crown but not a conservative. A mass of contradictions it would seem.
Nicholas: Sounds like a peculiar fellow. Please see to it that he is brought to meet me Goremykin.
Goremykin: With pleasure your majesty.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 10, 2012, 12:34:21 AM
Scene cuts away quickly and we shift to the same room a day or two later. This time Nicholas is sitting down alone with Pyotr Stolypin. The two men sit across the table from one another as we pick things up in mid conversation...

Stolypin (sitting directly across from the Tsar and placing down his cup of tea at a table): Forgive me for asking your majesty but how have you been feeling?
Nicholas (pauses before taking a sip from his cup): How have I been feeling?
Stolypin: I understand you are displeased with the Duma. Not only that a Duma was created in the first place but that it has not effectively restored order or lived up to other expectations.
Nicholas (slight smirk as he puts down his cup): Alright…I feel sick with shame at the betrayal of this dynasty. I've deployed regiments all across Russia to put an end to these demonstrations. How is it that things have gotten worse? I give up some of my rights...I do it because men like you, the ministers, and even some of my Grand Duke relatives say there was no other way and look, look around you!
Stolypin: Yes sire I do very much agree that chaos persists. But the trouble with the Duma and the issue that lies within your answer to my question is that the thought process has been too broad, too ideological.
Nicholas: Explain that to me.
Stolypin: For example, much of the brutality has been from your supporters your majesty. They are angered by the agitators who forced these concessions and are often indiscriminately violent towards any striker, liberal or Jew. We must keep them on a leash.
Nicholas (getting up to walk around the room): The Duma has stripped me of that power and has done nothing to restore order. Prior to April a Tsar was required only to accept the Russian Orthodoxy and follow the Pauline laws of succession.
Stolypin: Order can be restored, the Duma can have their say on affairs of the state, and still the crown can be strengthened…all at once.
Nicholas: I wasn’t aware that you doubled as a magician Mr. Councellor.
Stolypin (chuckling): It doesn’t require a magic act your majesty, it requires only attention to detail. A specific agenda targeting areas of concern that will do the most good without stirring up unnecessary trouble, or even attention. You must wield your influence and the power of the throne much like a surgeon wields his scalpel…with caution and precision.
Nicholas (looking out a window): You are quite good at this Stolypin. I can see now how Goremykin hired you in the first place and why he has recommend you now. Tell me, do you have a specific agenda...something that can be implemented quickly?
Stolypin: Indeed I do. There are a great many things I wish to propose to you for the coming months.
Nicholas: Give me an overview.
Stolypin: Well I mentioned to you the actions of unruly rightists and the need to suppress their sometimes violent tendencies. I’d also like to institute a new court system where criminals can be tried and brought to justice more quickly. We also need land reforms aimed at quelling violence and resolving grievances among the peasants. Local governments ought to be established and empowered in the cities as well. We need to improve labor conditions for the workers and have a responsible body who can oversee their actions, expose conspirators and quash rebellion.  
Nicholas: That’s quite ambitious of you.
Stolypin: I’m confident your majesty and my first recommendation to you would be to dissolve the Duma itself.
Nicholas (turning quickly to Stolypin with surprise): What? Dissolve the Duma, already?
Stolypin: It needs to be reorganized and restructured. The current body is far too liberal and reactionary. These reforms I proposed to you a moment ago will seem like half measures to the Duma. They will counter my proposals with more radical changes that you will find unacceptable. Disassemble it now with the intention of bringing it back in a few months.
Nicholas: I like this Stolypin. I think it wise to teach the Duma a lesson as well. Regardless of any good intentions they might have Russia is best served when its Emperor is most powerful. Perhaps I cannot force these men to abolish this foolish and ineffective constitution but as you say I can wrestle away much of their power. Russia needs it and God wills it.
Stolypin: Indeed sir.

Stolypin is shown taking another sip of tea as Nicholas sits back down at the table. The scene fades out…
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on November 10, 2012, 01:17:50 AM
Excellent scenes.  Welcome back.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 13, 2012, 12:59:27 PM
Autumn, 1906 - St. Petersburg

Our next scene starts off by focusing in on the front of a mid sized home in St. Petersburg where Grigory Rasputin is living. We then shift quickly to a very attractive younger woman shown exiting a carriage just down the block. She walks the rest of the way to this home where she has never been. She is dressed appropriately for an aristocratic woman in public during the day and is clutching a piece of paper in her hand. Approaching and then knocking on the front door she waits for her call to be answered while turning to take look at her surroundings. She sees a middle aged woman pushing a cart of goods slowly down the street while being trailed by two of her young children. There is also a man in business attire standing outside the front of his store smoking a cigarette. They are both starring at her and watching her carefully. Just then the door cracks open slightly, still attached by chain to its frame. The woman looks in to see the left side of the face of a man peering through the opening…
 
Kuznetsov: Hello. I’m here to see Father Grigory.
Man: And who are you?
Kuznetsov: My name is Valeriya Kuznetsov. I am here to visit…I have an appointment.
 
She hands the man a piece of paper presumably given to her from the Starets with a note scribbled and signed. The man received the note and tells her to “wait a moment” before shutting the door. He arrives back moments later, undoes the lock, and welcomes Rasputin’s guest into their home...
 
Man: He will see you now. Hand me your coat and follow me.
Kuznetsov: Thank you.
 
Taking off her coat she notices two men and a woman engaged in a card game in the room to her right. They notice her as she nods slightly to them but continue on with their quiet conversation without pause. Down the hallway she sees a scantily clad woman smoking a cigarette and studying her every move. The camera focuses in on Kuznetsov’s face, an uncomfortable expression is shown. Still following the man she was initially greeted by they turn the corner and enter the kitchen. At the far end of a table sits Rasputin. He is eating bread and soup and drinking red wine straight from the bottle…
 
Man: Grigory…this is Valeriya…?
Kuznetsov (interrupting excitedly): Valeriya Kuznetsov!
Man: Valeriya Kuznetsov…she claims to have an appointment.
Woman (having entered the room from in behind them): An appointment, Haha!
Rasputin (wiping off his face): Mmmm yes, Valeriya Kuznetsov, I am pleased to see you…Tanya, Viktor, would you excuse us.
 
The man and woman leave the kitchen and close the door behind them…
 
Kuznetsov (standing several feet away bows down low, nearly to her knees): Father Grigory it is an honor to be in your presence again.
Rasputin: Rise my child. The pleasure is mine. You look healthy and beautiful…just as I saw you before.
Kuznetsov (blushing): Thank you father.
Rasputin: Would you like some wine? I will pour you glass.
Kuznetsov: Oh I’m fine, I thank you.
Rasputin: Please, dear, I must insist, you have had a long trip. Have a glass and make yourself at home.
Kuznetsov: Oh, well, yes I suppose a glass will do…thank you.
 
Rasputin (getting up from his chair and reaching for a glass in the cupboard from behind him): If you are hungry we can feed you as well.
Kuznetsov (nervous giggle): No I am well fed from my trip, but thank you.
Rasputin: And how was your journey...fine I hope?
Kuznetsov: Yes it was, I enjoy riding in trains and carriages.
Rasputin (sitting back down): Very well…come closer my dear Valeriya, take my hand and pull up that chair next to me.
 
Kuznetsov quickly does as she is told and the Starets begins reading off a brief prayer blessing her on her safe arrival. Rasputin then provides a toast and the two are showing sipping their wine from glass and bottle respectively. The camera cuts to the next scene shortly thereafter. Rasputin has led his guest into a living room full of furniture. He sits down with her on a large couch, placing his hand and gripping her from the back of the head where he says “now let me get a closer look at you.”
 
The camera fixates closely in on his piercing crystal blue eyes that seem to penetrate her soul. She offers up a somewhat uncomfortable looking grin as he moves his face closer to hers before suddenly telling her, “now lie down my young dotchka”. She eases herself down on her back and rests her head on a pillow. Rasputin leans over her, closes his eyes, and begins moving his hands over her body without touching. He then begins to move his fingers through her brown hair. She closes her eyes and smiles contently. Leaning over her face he then begins to ramble off a prayer in whispering tones. Her eyes remain closed with hands folded about her waist. The smile escapes her face as well as her nostrils flare and lips begin to tremble…she is entranced. He then begins to whisper voluptuous words into her left ear as he kneels down to the floor…
 
Rasputin (whispering): Your skin so soft like that of a newborn child. Your hair so smooth like silk. I caress you and cover your soul like a warm blanket. Your eyes so bright like the moon in a clear night sky. Your lips so luscious, the taste of wine.
 
Kuznetsov smiles again as he speaks to her, his hot breath being felt on her cheek. Suddenly her weary eyes open just long enough to ask…
 
Kuznetsov: But Father Grigory what of God?
 Rasputin (placing his hand on her head to ease her once more): God is everywhere is my child. He surrounds us all. He lives inside of you, and me, and of us all. But it is me who he speaks through. You have come here today to be blessed, and bless you I shall. God loves the sinner who then repents most of all. He brought you here and asks you to stay with me tonight. Will you stay with me Kuznetsov? Will you stay here in my home, in this holy place and let me bless you and bring your soul closer to God?
 
Kuznetsov (breathing heavily, voice trembling as her eyes remained closed): Yes I will…yes I will stay Father.
 
Rasputin (smiling): You are special my dear. The Lord brought you to me because he made you special. I will rid you of sin…I have great powers.
 
The camera pulls away far enough to show Rasputin still leaning over the helplessly entranced Kuznetsov before cutting away. Next scene cuts to Kuznetsov leaving through the front door of Rasputin’s home with the words “Two days later” printed across the screen. The bright sun of the late morning sky nearly blinds her as she tip toes her way back towards the carriage she arrived in. It’s likely that she has barely left Rasputin’s bedroom in nearly two days much less his home. She arrives in the carriage noticeably wearing a few different articles of clothing then when she he had arrived. Her hair is down and dangles from underneath her hat and in her arms she carries the remaining articles of clothing she had worn prior along with some small gifts from the Starets placed in a paper bag. She enters the carriage which then pulls off and the scene cuts away…
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 13, 2012, 01:09:16 PM
Thanks again Tim. The scene above gets us into some of the darker and more sinister character traits of one Grigory Rasputin and his web of deception...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on November 13, 2012, 04:23:11 PM
This guy really had a thing for women.  Clearly, he played hooky on the day they talked about celibacy.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on November 14, 2012, 08:51:00 PM
I have some misellanous lines
Tide at Sunrise Tolstoy wrote a letter critising the R-J war after Admiral Markov was killed. Alexandra was upset and supposedly commented why could Tolstoy not write another Anna Karenina? (the movie of the same name is coming out soon I thought this would be of intrest). Why did he have to concern himself with politics?
from the book Lions of July:
Nicholas when two of his ministers began shouting at each other he got up and left the room.
Another time when the minesters had a disagreement He Complained "Why are you always quarreling? I always agree with everyone about everything and do things my own way"
1905 to then foriegn minester A. Izvolsky "I have firm and absolute faith that the destiny of russia my own fate and that of my familyis in the hands of almighty god who has placed me where I am. Whatever may happen i shall bow to his will."

From "Tide at Sunrise" "At Peterhof, a soldier on his way to the East broke from the ranks and threw himself under the wheels of a passing train." (more on this later)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on November 14, 2012, 09:45:19 PM
From the axis history forum section The Soviet union at war 1917-1945 there is a posting Lenin and kerensky where they have a debate in june 1917 that might be of intrest. It should be pointed out that some of the Duma politicians were great orators Kerensky, Milivkov (stupidty or treason), and Purishkevich who could provide some actors with as they say "good lines"

back to the war "Tide at Sunrise"
General Kuropatkin reports to the Tsar on 4 August (OS?) on why the war is going badly: 1) The japanese superiority in numbers; 2) the fact that the Japanese were accustomed to hills and hot weather; 3) that the japanese were younger , carried lighter loads, and had numerous mountain artillery and pack transport; 4) the japanese energetic and intelligent leadership; 5) the extraordinary patriotism and military spirt of the japanese troops; and 6) the lack of such a spirt on the Russian side (caused by the general ignorance of what they were fighting for ).
The following is a converstion between  General kuropatkin and his chief of staff general V. V. Sakharov:
Sakharov: i have heard you have written the Tsar as to why we aren't doing very well?
Kuropatkin: Yes, I have want to read it
Sakharov: i can guess whats in it. If we can get enough soldiers here in time we should be able to defeat the japanese if and when they attack.
Kuropatkin: It would help if they sent us more young men and not 2nd catagory reservists between the ages of 39-43. some of these men are from the Poltava region an area of agrain unrest. No wonder so many of them desert on the way here!
Sakharov: and many of the men in the Eastern Siberian rifle regiments are Polish! Who are not too thrilled to be here.
Kuropatkin: It would also help if our Cavalry engineers were better.
Sakharov: I agree the engineers have had months but have yet to turn out a topgraphic map of this area thats any good. As fof the Cossacks I know this is not the best cavalry country in the world but these people are almost useless at scouting and reconissance. One also must point out that our armies white tunics and caps may look great on the parade ground but make our soldiers into good targets in war. The Chinese are dying them Khaki which come out to about every shade of green imaginable. I even saw a few soldiers wearing pink tunics!. Another cause for complaint are our armys boots some fall apart after a days march!
Kuropatkin: Where is the staff anyway?
Sakharov: At lunch drinking champagne with some sisters of mercy and other ladies.
Note: Sakharov was an ornamental diplomatist who did little work and brought his paramour with him married her and went on a honeymoon during the war!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on November 15, 2012, 11:32:04 AM
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From the axis history forum section The Soviet union at war 1917-1945 there is a posting Lenin and kerensky where they have a debate in june 1917 that might be of intrest. It should be pointed out that some of the Duma politicians were great orators Kerensky, Milivkov (stupidty or treason), and Purishkevich who could provide some actors with as they say "good lines"

I wonder what actors we could get to play those roles?
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 15, 2012, 01:49:11 PM

I wonder what actors we could get to play those roles?
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Well there are far too many small roles for us to blow the budget on big names. Maybe a few notable cameos would work well since that would be more affordable if some A-list actor was only given minimal screen time.

I kind of like how the original "Nicholas & Alexandra" film did it actually. Quite a lot of relatively unknown (to American audiences at least) actors and only the comparatively smaller role of Witte played by the legendary Laurence Olivier.

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Alexandra was upset and supposedly commented why could Tolstoy not write another Anna Karenina?

Nicholas when two of his ministers began shouting at each other he got up and left the room.

Another time when the minesters had a disagreement He Complained "Why are you always quarreling? I always agree with everyone about everything and do things my own way"

I really like these and thanks for sharing James. the visual works for me and the 'Anna Karenina' hook as being something modern audiences can sort of relate to is exactly the type of thing that I think we are going to need more of.

i'm putting together another scene now. Should have it posted shortly...

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 15, 2012, 05:40:56 PM
Taking a slight detour for this next scene which is designed to show a general depiction of everyday life at Tsarskoe Selo. Some harmless little anecdotes and personal interactions between the IF and their retainers...

May, 1907 - Tsarskoe Selo

Scene picks up with a sentry entering the door of a room in Nicholas’s study where the Tsar is taking tea with Alexandra…
 
Sentry: Your majesties, forgive me for the interruption but Doctor Eugene Botkin here to see you.
Nicholas: Botkin? He’s outside now, waiting to speak to me?
Sentry: Yes sir, he did not want to disturb you while speaking with the ministers but felt the need to request a formal audience. I’m sure he did not realize he’d be interrupting you and her majesty…
Nicholas (turning to his wife): A formal audience? I see this man at least twice a day.
Alexandra (smirking): Oh never mind that…show him in.
 
Dr. Botkin is led into the room and bows to the Tsar and Empress. He is in full formal regalia and wearing the star of the Grand Cordon of the Order St. Anna on his chest…
 
Botkin: Your majesties.
Nicholas: Doctor, how may I be of assistance to you?
Alexandra: Yes, is Alexei alright?
Botkin: Oh yes your majesty, quite alright. And I believe your daughters are having their lessons with Monsieur Gilliard as we speak.
Nicholas (mildly confused): Very well…has anything happened that you want to see me officially?
Botkin: No sire, I came only to thank Your Majesty for this (pointing to the pin on his chest).
Nicholas (leaning in to get a closer look): Ah, yes. The Grand Cordon of the Order St. Anna. Well, indeed…congratulations!
 
Nicholas turn to look at Alexandra seated behind him who is quietly giggling while sipping tea from her cup…
 
Alexandra: Oh Nicky, you had no idea you even gave it to him.
Nicholas: Well, sure I did. I am after all the Emperor and Doctor Botkin here is a terrific physician…
Alexandra (interrupting and standing up): Oh nonsense! Doctor please do not be offended but my husband is quite forgetful. He is also a terrible liar as you can see!
Nicholas (laughing): Yes admittedly I am. Doesn’t Count Fredericks handle most of these functions?
Alexandra: Oh, sure, pass the blame onto an old man.
Nicholas: No blame, I rather enjoy the surprise of seeing you here. Rest assure Botkin no one deserves such an honor more than you. For your with the Tsarevich alone.
Botkin (bowing): Thank you kindly your majesty.
Alexandra: Yes, without question. Have you seen any change with the child lately?
Botkin: I’m afraid not but he has been healthy for quite some time now.
Alexandra: I pray every night for his health the next day. And when he’s healthy I thank God for the day that has passed.
Nicholas (easing into a chair next to his wife): Sit with us for a moment Doctor.
Botkin: Certainly sire.
Nicholas: I have been told that science and medicine does not know, but one day a man might be able to out grow this disease. Perhaps not completely. But that attacks of hemophilia will all but vanish as long as one is careful not to injury oneself.
Botkin: Indeed there is much to be learned. We have so full examples of to study and even fewer of those who live into adulthood, that it…
 
Botkin breaks off mid sentence as he notices Alexandra closing her eyes and turning her head in despair…
 
Nicholas: Are you alright Sunny?
Botkin: Forgive me your majesty if I have upset you.
Alexandra: It’s alright…it’s just hard for me to hear it sometimes.
Botkin: Yes, I most certainly understand…but I was going to continue by saying that young Alexei is living in the best environment imaginable for someone stricken with such an affliction. He lives in a palace, is well cared for and loved a great deal by his family. Science is finding new cures and remedies for diseases every day. I believe it to be just a matter of time before hemophilia is conquered.
Nicholas: I believe you are right.
Alexandra: It must be so. God would not have allowed for but one son to rule if he planned to take him away, to keep him off the throne. I look into Alexei’s eyes and I see a boy with a great destiny. He will live a long life and Russia will be blessed.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 15, 2012, 05:41:59 PM
Scene cuts away. We pick it up again with Nicholas strolling through the garden at Tsarskoe Selo and in conversation with Count Vladimir Fredericks, Imperial Household Minister. The camera focuses in on a few details of their surroundings before zooming in on their conversation. There are Cossacks shown outside the iron fence in scarlet tunics and black fur caps and mounted on horseback standing guard. We see monuments, obelisks, and arches and a vast green lawn dotted with other Greco-Roman architecture. Lady’s in waiting on break walk down the enchanting paths beneath ancient trees and by hanging gardens picking flowers. The lake and children’s island are shown and in a small sailboat young Alexei is being held in the arms of a nanny sitting across from little Anastasia. At the other end the boat is being steered by sailor Derevenko who occupies himself by adjusting the sail to capture the breeze…
 
Count Frederiks: I’ve distributed gifts to the foreign diplomats and received word that they were quite pleased. Their aides wished me to thank you for your generosity.
Nicholas: Very nice. Please extend to them my best wishes on a safe travel home.
Count Frederiks: Already taken care of your majesty (Nicholas smirks)…I also wish to tell you that the Grand Dukes will be arriving at the palace around 4’oclock on the morrow as planned. Zakuski and Goulash to be served before dinner. I also thought you might be getting sick of French cuisine so I’ve instructed the chef to prepare his finest Coulibiac for the occasion.
Nicholas: Mmmm yes I could use a good Russia meal. A little rejuvenating after these run ins with the Duma.
Count Frederiks: Ah yes, if you don’t mind me asking your majesty but what does the Prime Minister say?
Nicholas: Not at all. Stolypin is finding it impossible to build a coalition of conservatives while agreeing to the demands of the Socialist Revolutionaries.
Count Frederiks: What more do they want?
Nicholas: They want land confiscation.
Count Frederiks: Despicable. Nothing but a gang of criminals. Worst than the First Duma if you ask me.
Nicholas: Well soon they’ll be looking towards a Third Duma if things continue along as they have been. Stolypin has mentioned rumors of an armed uprising. He’s working on a plan that he expects to be able to present to me before the end of the week.
 
Just then Alexandra approaches from behind…
 
Alexandra: Gentleman!
Nicholas: Hello Sunny. The Count and I were just going over the preparations for tonight and tomorrow.
Count Frederiks: My dear lady you look positively ravishing on this beautiful afternoon (receives her hand to kiss)
Alexandra: Thank you dear Vladimir.
Nicholas (smiling): Watch yourself old man, she may be a beautiful Empress but I hear she’s also married.
Count Fredericks (chuckling and turning himself to face each of them): Just like that…oh I wish I had a camera (acknowledging their embrace as a pose). There could not be a more glorious couple in all the world.

Having been following the Empress closely behind a Lady in Waiting appears. She is holding Marie and Tatiana by either hand who rush up to embrace their parents and the Count. Vladimir picks up Marie and begins to walk with her asking about her day while Alexandra turns her attention to Tatiana and begins a short conversation with her second daughter. Eldest daughter Olga meanwhile draws the attention of her father who takes the 11 ½ year old by the hand and begins to walk. Olga excitedly tells her father about her day while clutching a book in her other hand…
 
Nicholas: What are you reading there?
Olga (lifting up to show him): Les Miserables Papa! I’ve been wanting to read this for so long now. Monsieur Gilliard is finally giving us a lesson on it.
Nicholas: And are you enjoying it?
Olga: Oh very much so! I think more than Tatiana. She likes it too but, you know, she can’t speak French as well as me yet.
Nicholas: Well sometimes it’s easy to forget that your sister is a little bit younger than you.
Olga: Yes papa…Monsieur Gilliard teaches us to take many notes. He says it’s a good way to remember and also so we can ask him questions.
Nicholas: That sounds like a good idea to me. You know I’ve read Les Miserable before too. Is there anything you’d like to ask your papa about that you can think of?
Olga (opening and flipping to a book marked page): Here papa! I do not understand this word. Monsieur Gilliard always puts notes next words we have never heard so he can teach us what they mean...but not this one.
Nicholas: Ah, yes, the great Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon meets his end!
 
Nicholas begins reading and stops as he reaches the word “Merde”. He reads down the margins and even flips a page or two to check on the notation but finds nothing. A slightly bemused looked comes across his face as he turns his attention back to his daughter...
 
Olga: What does it mean papa? The word I have underlined.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 15, 2012, 05:42:14 PM
Scene cuts to Olga speaking with Gilliard the next day. He is seated at a desk and appears to be marking papers and making notes. Olga places Les Miserables in front of him and opens to the page where she has underlined the word “Merde”. He glances over at it...
 
Olga: What about this word Monsieur Gilliard?
Gilliard (looking up and down the page and noticing the omission of his notation): Oh my. That is a dirty word that a Grand Duchess need not learn.
 
Gilliard takes the book from her and strikes out the word on the page, a slight embarrassed look on his face. Olga begins to tear up and sniffle…
 
Olga: Why you’ve struck out the word I asked papa about yesterday!
Gilliard (shocked): What! You asked your....your Father?!
Olga: Yes, he said it was a very strong word which must not be repeated. Though in the mouth of that general it was the finest word in the French language.
Gilliard (panicked): I must speak with your father.
 
Scene again cuts quickly to Gilliard walking along a path in the park where he suddenly see’s the Tsar coming towards him from the following direction. Nicholas has just broken off conversation with am officer who walks away. Gilliard is noticeably concerned and fidgety but smiles brightly as the Tsar approaches, as though to cover his emotions…
 
Gilliard: Good afternoon your majesty!
Nicholas: Good afternoon to you as well Monsieur Gilliard…are you heading back from lunch?
Gilliard: Yes I was going to give a lesson to Marie Nikolaevna. I’m sure you will be happy to hear that she is coming along quite nicely in her studies your majesty.
Nicholas: I’m glad to hear it. But I hope you haven’t moved her on to any heavier reading…
Gilliard: Oh no…well she is so very young still.
Nicholas: And it would seem that you are teaching my older daughters a very curious vocabulary Monsieur.
Gilliard (floundering): Your majesty I deeply regret what has happened. The Grand Duchess mentioned to me that she had asked you about it. You see she is a very precocious girl and we are moving into more descriptive literature. Olga Nikolaevna is always reading ahead and in this one little instance I forgot to cross out or make note of the wretched word. I am deeply embarrassed and beg for your forgiveness your majesty...
Nicholas (cutting him off by breaking out into laughter much to the surprise of Gilliard): Don’t worry Monsieur. I quite realized what happened, so I told my daughter the word was one of the French army’s greatest claims to fame…I should have know better than to think that Olga of all people would have dropped it just like that.
Gilliard (still pale but having recovered enough to crack a smile): Well yes she certainly has a clever mind and is always digging deeper into a subject.
Nicholas: You are doing a good job Gilliard. The Empress is in particular is very pleased.
Gilliard: I’m humbled by that your majesty and I thank you kindly for your understanding.
Nicholas: Think nothing of it…walk with me for a moment Gilliard, there is something I’d like to ask you about Les Miserables that I never quite understood.
 
The Tsar and Gilliard are shown walking together and engaged in literary conversation as the scene begins to fade and cuts away.
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on November 15, 2012, 06:33:23 PM
 I was thinking that some middle aged or older character actors would be just the men to play the duma Pols. Bit parts are what these people excell at.

At japanese headquarters Field marshall Marquis (later Prince) Oyama is meeting with his chief of staff general Baron "the Rivet" Kodama
Kodama: We must attack soon or the enemy will be too strong
Oyama: True We will attack as planned with the 1st army attacking his eastern flank (points at map) and the 4th and 2nd armies attacking the western flank (points at map). i know you wish we had one or two more divisions of the 3rd army but they are needed at Port Arthur. We must capture the city and destroy the russian fleet there soon.
Kodama: But we need every soldier we can get for this battle. the enemy outnumbers us and is well dug in and recieving reinforcements almost everyday.
Oyama: Also true but this is what Imperial general headquarters has decided. you must remember if we lose command of the sea our position here is hopeless and the homeland could be invaded. There are reports that the russian baltic Fleet is getting ready to sail. if they get here and link up with their fleet at port Arthur our navy will have no hope in defeating them. i do not have to remind you the damage done to our shipping by their Vladivostok cruiser squadron.
Kodama: yes the loss of those locomotives bought for this war on those 2 freighters was a heavy blow to us supply wise. We have captured plenty of rolling stock but few engines to move them. Our army can not attack and defeat the russians without supplies. Besides the siege guns lost on the Hitachi maru it was carrying men of the guards reserve many of whom were lost. The guards division needed these men for this upcoming battle.
Oyama: I am confident we will be able to capture port Arthur without the siege guns. after all General nogi captured the city from the chinese with a regiment he should be able to capture it from the Russians with an army. he has certainly done a good job of filling his men with fighting spirt.
Kodama: I hope he is successfull but, just in case more heavy guns are on the way.
Oyama: I know it is still really hot out but we need to start planning for the winter.
Kodama: It is being done the Quartermaster general is working on what we will need and will be presenting you the requests for you to sign by the end of the day.
Oyama: excellent! having such a good hard working staff makes my job easier!

Also note both the commanders at port Arthur Stossel and Nogi were both barons. There is also a japanese movie on the siege of port Arthur that came out in the 1960s/1970s.
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Post by: edubs31 on November 15, 2012, 06:44:18 PM
James good stuff. Where are we in the war now? Do you have a rough time period...month and year?

Also, and not that this is all too important at this point, but would imagine the scenes with the Japanese having them speaking English (with an appropriate asian accent) or best to use subtitles?
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Post by: TimM on November 16, 2012, 04:23:00 PM
Nice little scenes of everyday life.
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on November 16, 2012, 09:34:52 PM
The meeting between the commanders and their chief of staffs are taking place in early August 1904. Battles are about to begin.

Port Arthur early August 1904: Admiral Virgeft because the Japanese are shelling the harbor has recieved direct order from the Tsar to take the Squadron to Vladivostok. He says to his Captains "My orders are to go to Vladivostok with whole squadron , and this I shall do."
10 August the Squadron was ready and just before it sail Admiral Virgeft said to those who came to bid farewell "Gentlemen, we shall meet in the next world" which causes every who heard it to groan.
General Smirnov who watchs the Squadron depart says "May god grant it luck, but evil will be the day if it is defeated and does not return."

The squadron gets into a running gunbattle with the Japanese fleet ships on both sides take hits.
A unamed russian officer takes out his watch looks at the time and says: Its about 30 minutes to darkness if we can keep going until then it looks like we should be able to lose the Japanese and make it to Vladivostok.
another Russian Officer says: I hope so
Shortly afterwards 2 12 inch shells hit the Russian flagships Tsarevich's conning tower destroying it and bringing down the ships foremast. They also kill or wound everyone there including Admiral Virgft and jams the ships rudder hard over tossing the Russian force into chaos when it passed through its own line. The Russian second in command Admiral Prince Ukhtomski in the battleship Retvizan signals "follow me" and after some minutes gets the main part of the Squadron under control and heads back to port Arthur!?
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Post by: blessOTMA on November 17, 2012, 10:16:06 PM
love the Gilliard , Olga  and Nicholas scene

please excuse my suggestions

...  That is a dirty word that a Grand Duchess need not learn.

Maybe I've been reading too much Victorian stuff lately,but  I would suggest there,   " a very strong word " 

 
Gilliard takes the book from her and strikes out the word on the page, a slight embarrassed look on his face. Olga begins to tear up and sniffle


well I see her laughing here... HaHa!   the jokes on you M. Gilliard, the cat is  already out of the bag ! Papa knows! They loved putting tutors in such a fix
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Post by: edubs31 on November 17, 2012, 11:58:49 PM
Thanks Ann :-)

Your first correction is dully noted and I'll change accordingly. However the second I might need to leave alone. In Gilliard's "Thirteen Years" he specifically mentions Olga starting to cry. I was actually surprised by this myself and think your observation makes perfect sense. It would seem unlikely that Olga would get so upset over such a trivial matter especially since it was a golden opportunity to toy with their tutors as you mentioned. But apparently cry she did...so I included it as such.

Maybe there is a better way to set up scene to make her tears seem more realistic? Perhaps I can rewrite so Gilliad is shown giving her a poor grade on something or being especially hard on her which gets her worked up prior to the disappointment of neither her father or teacher revealing the meaning of the word she's asking about...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 18, 2012, 10:09:21 PM
A quick shout out to Lili Dehn and then onto the Coup of 1907. I'll have more on that part later.

June, 1907 - Tsarkoe Selo

Lili Dehn is introduced. She is shown sitting on a white bench in the Winter Garden outside of Alexander Palace accompanied and speaking with household Mistress Princess Golitzin. Turning her attention to the approaching footsteps she notices the Empress walking towards her and is visibly excited. Alexandra is accompanied by Anna Vyrubova and the two of them are concluding a conversation...

Dehn (smiling and bowing slightly): Your majesty!
Alexandra (nodding): Ms. Smolskaia.
Dehn: Oh your majesty please call me Lili.
Alexandra: Very well, Lili (shakes her hand)...this is my friend Anna Vyrubova.
Dehn (shaking Anna's hand as well): Pleased to meet you.
Alexandra: I apologize for us having to meet informally...
Dehn: Yes your youngest daughter, Anastasia, I'm deeply sorry to hear.
Alexandra: She is recovering swiftly. A bout of diphtheria I"m afraid. I thought we might enjoy the day with a walk in the garden.
Dehn: Oh yes it's lovely your majesty!
Golitzin: I'll leave you women to get acquainted with one another. Your majesty (bowing). Anna. Ms. Smolskaia (nodding).

The three women begin walking. Alexandra cooling herself by waving a fan and dressed entirely in white, with a thin white veil draped around her hat...

Alexandra: I am a great admirer of your fiance Lili. I understand that he is taking tea with my husband now. He's a favorite of the children you know.
Dehn: Yes he has told me so. Beautiful children. I look forward to meeting them your majesty.
Alexandra: And soon you shall...I received your grandmother the other day, such a darling woman.
Dehn: Yes, she told me of her lovely meeting with you. Said that you had spoken quite a lot of the Grand Duchess Elisabeth...and would reveal to me nothing more (smiling).
Vyrubova (abruptly): I understand congratulations are in order Lili. You and the captain are to married soon, yes?
Dehn: Yes, thank you Madame. It has been like a dream...and here I am, in this beautiful place.
Alexandra: Where are you going to spend your honeymoon?
Dehn: The Caucasus. I am excited of course, but I should be happy when it's all over. I'm eager for this wonderful opportunity to assist you your majesty.
 
The conversation continues on as the women are shown from behind strolling down a path in the garden. Scene fades and cuts to Nicholas alone in a meeting room with Prime Minister Stolypin. They are in deep conversation and planning the dissolution of the Second Duma...

Nicholas (pacing and then peering out a window): Socialists are 20% of the Duma. These men are my nemesis Stolypin. It takes the very best efforts of a Tsar and his ministers to rule such a vast domain. It's simply impossible when I am only at 80% of my normal strength.
Stolypin: The Second Duma must be eliminated sire, but dissolving it will not be enough. Just as dissolving it the first time only postponed problems instead of fixing them. We need fundamental changes.
Nicholas: What do you propose?
Stolypin: That we stop looking at the institution itself as the problem and start focusing our attention on the legislative body.
Nicholas: We alter the balance of power next time?
Stolypin: Precisely. We have effectively curbed freedom of the press and right to assembly, but have done so as a reaction to the revolutionary activities rampant across the country. Once we put down rebellion, quell the voices of dissent and ease tensions we'll need a new policy. Something official, not merely reactionary.
Nicholas (lighting up a cigarette): I've never been comfortable with the idea of so much power vested in the peasantry and working class. Perhaps it's not fair to shut them out completely, but what do they need representation for? I am their representative. There is no group of people that loves its sovereign more than they. And there is no one that I understand better than them.
Stolypin: Yes your majesty...and what's more the Duma is foolish, as you suggest, to place so much of it's legislative power in the hands of those who represent the interests of the common and uneducated masses. Even Democracies understand this. The propertied and aristocratic class, conservative yet educated, is who we need. They will submit to the will of their Tsar. We need only to offer them peace and stability.
Nicholas: Tell me about this...this coup you have worked up.
Stolypin: I've devised a way to intervene. We simply act on what we already know to be true. There is revolutionary agitation and lawlessness among the soldiers. We act unilaterally and arrest this list of 55 deputies...all social democrats. Under the pretext of security and stability of course.
Nicholas: I don't understand...they have immunity. Under the Fundamental Laws, are they not protected?
Stolypin: Unless stripped of them by the legislature itself, yes. There are a series of, shall I say...loopholes, however that give us precedent to act. The Duma is dragging its feat and the government has the right to protect itself when its sovereignty is violated (getting up from his chair). Now of course the meaning of the section applies only to the intervention of foreign nations and during wartime. But what it means to say and what it does say...or rather for our purposes what it omits...are two very different things.
Nicholas (nodding in approval): I have the authority to dismiss the Duma whenever I see fit. I don't need a reason.
Stolypin: Correct sir...and while we are making arrests and dissolving the Duma we will issue a series of new electoral laws, which I have already drawn up, and without the consent of the legislature. Which of course we do not need.
Nicholas: The Duma will be too busy sweeping up their ashes and scrambling to acquit their deputies. They won't know what hit them.
Stolypin: Indeed your majesty. Sixty percent of the electors will be wealthy landlords. The peasants, merchants and proletariat can divvy up the rest. The minority vote.
Nicholas: We can do away with Central Asia altogether. The new Duma must be Russian in spirit as well as in representation. We cannot grant non-Russian voices or traitors a decisive influence on what are purely Russian questions.
Stolypin: My thoughts exactly sire.
Nicholas: Well Mister Prime Minister it appears that we are going to have quite the fight on our hands.
Stolypin: I'm ready to do battle your majesty...it will be the symbolic end of this era of revolution.
Nicholas (staring ahead): Order will be restored to Russia. Everything we return to normal. (turning back to Stolypin) Issue the decree.
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Post by: blessOTMA on November 19, 2012, 02:14:49 AM
Thanks Anne :-)

Your first correction is dully noted and I'll change accordingly. However the second I might need to leave alone. In Gilliard's "Thirteen Years" he specifically mentions Olga starting to cry. I was actually surprised by this myself and think your observation makes perfect sense. It would seem unlikely that Olga would get so upset 
I bow to what Gilliard said! It is surprising...Perhaps his upset is what made her cry. But I should have known you had it covered! lol
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Post by: Kalafrana on November 19, 2012, 02:27:19 AM
Another of my nit-picking points, I'm afraid, as regards the introductions.

In English English, saying 'Pleased to meet you' is considered rather downmarket, and not used by those higher up the social scale. The 'proper' thing is for both to say 'How do you do?'

Ann

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 19, 2012, 11:11:15 AM
Makes sense Ann, I thank you for that once again. It's generally more difficult for me write the scenes involving the dialogue between women. Just not my strength...in part because I'm not one, and in part because I don't have a perfect handle on the language (as you have pointed out).

I'm thinking about posting another scene regarding the Coup. Would be a nice way to reintroduce Kerensky. He was 26 at the time and still serving as a defense lawyer defending many revolutionaries.
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Post by: TimM on November 20, 2012, 11:53:10 AM
I look forward to reading it.
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Post by: edubs31 on November 20, 2012, 01:25:22 PM
Scene cuts to a meeting of Duma leaders in an office inside of Tauride Palace. Included are Viktor Chernov of the Socialist Revolutionaries, Julius Martov, leader of the Menshevik wing of the RSDLP, Alexander Konovalov of the Progressist Party, Alexander Guchkov and Mikhail Rodzianko and of the Octobrist Party, and Pavel Milyukov and Prince George Lvov representing the Cadets. They have recently gotten word of the Tsar's intention not only to dissolve the Second Duma but implement a series of new electoral laws...

Viktor Chernov (tossing a newspaper onto a desk in disgust): Who the hell does he think he is?
Pavel Milyukov: Is it the Tsar you are referring to Chernov?
Julius Martov: He's referring to that stooge Stolypin I believe, but since you ask...
Viktor Chernov: Section 86 gentleman! No new laws can be enacted without approval of the Duma.
Julius Martov: Yes and last I checked neither the Tsar nor Prime Minister have obtained our agreement prior to issuing this outrageous decree.
Peter Milyukov: The Tsar can implement news laws without our consent. Just as he has every right to dissolve the Duma as he sees fit.
Alexander Konovalov: Two months Mr. Milyukov. The document spells things out quite clearly. New laws are to be submitted to the Duma two months prior giving us enough time to prepare for the systematic changes of law, or for voting to repeal the damn things...
Julius Martov: It betrays the Fundamental Laws themselves! Nicholas believes he is still an autocrat instead of a constitutional monarch.
Viktor Chernov: That's right! Where is the due process? I expect such foolishness from the Emperor but Stolypin must be mad!
Alexander Guchkov: Gentleman, gentleman, at ease please. Lets allow for cooler heads to prevail. No we all have our differences, just as the Tsar has his differences with us. We will issue an immediate challenge to this unilateral action taken but I don't expect that to change anything. The Emperor is the one who granted the Fundamental Laws in the first place and it is he who reserves the right to alter them.
Alexander Konovalov (interrupting): But that just is not so Guchkov. The laws themselves suggest otherwise.
Julius Martov: Yes, it does not allow for such measures to be taken!
Mikhail Rodzianko (getting up from his chair and raising his voice): I believe what my esteemed colleague was about to refer to is that the Emperor does in fact reserve the power to implement such changes in "extraordinary circumstances". They will say the arrests of the social democrats in question were made in order to preserve and protect the government.
Julius Martov: But that's ludicrous!
Alexander Guchkov: Be that as it may, Stolypin is no fool. He will claim the Tsar's historical authority that such "necessary" laws cannot be enacted through the ordinary legislative route at a time when the Emperor expresses no confidence in the legislative body. Hence his move to dissolve the Second Duma.
Viktor Chernov: The Tsar will pay a price for his heavy handed tactics. There will be public outcry. I'll see to it personally that there is.
Peter Milyukov: He claims divine inspiration gentleman. Nicholas never believed in constitutions. He gave up some of his rights because he was forced to, not because he believed it was the right thing to do. All the while God has been watching. He'll fight to keep not only what he has but to reobtain that what he has lost.
Julius Martov: So we must fight back!
Peter Milyukov: Patience Martov.
Alexander Konovalov: I must say you are rather quiet over there in the corner Prince Lvov.
Prince Lvov: Perhaps I just enjoy hearing you gentleman argue...I could also use some time to collect my thoughts and try to decide what to do next.
Alexander Konovalov: You have nothing to share?
Prince Lvov (getting up from his chair): I was already wrong about the Tsar once before. I was truly confident that he had at least seen the error in his ways and had listened to the voices of reason. Then he shut down the First Duma, and now the second...and this time his political maneuvering is even more deceitful than before.
Alexander Konovalov: Precisely why it is time for us to start taking a different approach.
Prince Lvov: Yes, well. There are men in this room who stand to gain an awful lot and others who will be cast aside. When the Third Duma is established...and there will be a Third Duma gentleman...those of you seated near the ideological middle, who still believe in the monarchy, moderate liberalism and can bring along the Zemstvos...it is you will gain power and influence. But at what cost? The more radical elements standing and seated around you are listening, taking notes. If the legislature cannot be unified now it will only grow further apart in the Third Duma and beyond...good day gentleman.
Mikhail Rodzianko: You are leaving? Where are you going?
Prince Lvov: Home I suppose. We are once again merely statesman, not politicians. The Tsar and Prime Minister have seen to that. So until next time gentleman...good day.

He bows slightly and is shown exiting out the door. Other men are then shown easing back into their chairs while those standing mill around the room. The scene cuts away...
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Post by: TimM on November 20, 2012, 04:56:54 PM
Oh uh, things are getting tense.  Of course, Nicky never really warmed up to the Duma in the first place.
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on November 23, 2012, 08:22:05 PM
At the Palace 30 July (OS)/12 Aug (NS) 1904 Alexandra is in labor:
Doctor: Push madame! Push Madame! as Alexandra strains
30 minutes (?) later Doctor: Push Madame! Push madame! as Alexandra still strains, is sweating and loks disshevled
30 more minutes later (?) Doctor: Push madame! push madame! as Alexandra still straining, sweating and looks extremely disheveled
Finally the doctor says: its a boy! The sweating, exhausted, extremely dishevaled Alexandra is both smiling and crying
From"Tide at Sunrise" Nicholas was overwhelmed with joy "I am happier at the birth of a son and heir than at a victory of my troops" he said "Now i face the future calmly and without alarm, knowing by this sign the war will be brought to ahappy conclusion."
When the guns in St petersburg started firing traffic halts and people start counting the number of shots fired 31 for a girl and 101 for a boy. When the 32nd shot is fired there is rejoicing throughout the city and the empire. many soldiers in manchuria reguarded this as a good sign and morale rose.
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Post by: edubs31 on November 23, 2012, 11:44:54 PM
Another scene of every day family life in Tsarskoe Selo and the constant struggle in dealing with a vulnerable young child suffering from a disease. An excuse for some greater character development as well...

April, 1908 - Tsarkoe Selo

Marie, Anastasia and Alexei are being watched over by Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden. Marie, nearly nine, is exploring with water colors and creating what appears to be a family on the beach near the ocean. Anastasia, nearly seven, is laying out on the floor below her seated sister and propped up brother. She uses colored pencils to finish up her depiction of a cat perched on a tree branch. Alexei too doodles about drawing mainly lines, circles and stick figures. Suddenly Marie gets up from her artisan tabletop holding her creation in hand and tells the nanny that she is finished...

Marie (nodding in approval): Mmm Hmmm. Ms. Buxhoeveden I think I am finished!
Sophie (receiving Marie's finished painting): Well lets take a look there...Oh it's very lovely! I like how you've used several shades of blue to color the sky and the water. And I see there are smiles all on the faces of the family.
Marie: Yes they are very happy. They are on vacation in the Crimea. I should like very much to invite them to our palace and play with the little ones...the baby most of all!
Anastasia (interruption and raising up her picture while remaining stretched out on the floor): DONE!
Ms. Buxhoeveden: Oh my, so loud Anastasia Nikolaevna. I was still speaking to your sister about her painting.
Anastasia (getting up and walking over): Please see mine Ms. Buxhoeveden.
Ms. Buxhoeveden: Alright now lets have a look...ahhh yes the Cheshire Cat I see.
Anastasia: Do you like it Ms. Buxhoeveden? Do you like it?
Ms. Buxhoeveden: I do, very much so. He looks fat and happy on that tree branch. By the look on his face it looks like he might be up to some mischief as well.
Marie: Oh he's going to get himself in a lot of trouble soon. He must belong to Anastasie. She is always getting into trouble (giggling).
Ms. Buxhoeveden: Well we'll have to make a true princess out of you one of these day Malenkaya, but for now you have both done very well with your drawings and paintings!
Marie: I think I would like to go play now. Could I go outside Ms. Buxhoeveden? I want to see Olga and Tatiana. They are probably in the garden working with papa!
Anastasia: Yes, oh please madame!
Ms. Buxhoeveden: Well I suppose that's alright, but what about Alexei? Are you going to leave your poor brother all alone?
Marie: Mama will be in soon, he usually takes a nap now. He looks like he'd rather draw than play anyway.
Anastasia: He's making silly things. I asked him what he was drawing and he said people in a parade...but it doesn't look anything like a parade!
Ms. Buxhoeveden: Well he is much younger than both of you. He hasn't learned to draw very well yet, but I know he looks up to his sisters. Especially the "Little Pair". You must always encourage him!
Marie: Yes madame we will. We love him most of all! He will be emperor someday just like papa is now. So we must be extra nice to him.
Ms. Buxhoeveden: That's right!
Anastasia: Can we go outside now please! Alexei can't play outside. Mama says no.
Ms. Buxhoeveden: Very well girls.

Marie and Anastasia both thank the Baroness and rush over to kiss their brother telling him they are going to go away for a while and that their "mama" would be in to see him soon. They scurry their way out of the room as Sophie Buxhoeveden turns her full attention to the boy. Alexei stops drawing and is clearly displeased that his sisters have left him to go outside and play. He pleads with the lady in waiting to be allowed to follow them but she tells him that he cannot be allowed to leave the room until either Sailor Derevenko or his mother returned to take him away...

Ms. Buxhoeveden: Now behave little one. You know you aren't allowed to run around outside without Sailor Derevenko. Your mama will be here any minute now too.
Alexei: I go play, I go play!
Ms. Buxhoeveden: No, no...I think it's time for someone here to have himself a nap. Are you sleepy little child?
Alexei: No!
Ms. Buxhoeveden: Oh yes you are fiesty now. Just like a little boy when he is tired.

A knock on the door summons the Baroness who tells the young Tsarevich to stay put and that she'll return in a moment...

Ms. Buxhoeveden: Hear that? It's probably Sailor Derevenko coming to get you now. You wait hear a moment Alexei and I will be right back.

While she walks across the room to answer the door the fidgety Alexei is shown getting up from his seated position. The Baroness opens the door and begins speaking to a nanny who tells her that the Empress has been detained and that Derevenko was summoned as well. They asked that the Tsarevich could be watched over for another 10-15 minutes to which the Ms. Buxhoeveden happily agrees. Then shutting the door she begins to speak again to Alexei, at first, with her back turned to him...

Ms. Buxhoeveden: Well Alexei it looks like it's going to be just a little bit longer. Your mama is still...(turning around to see the Tsarevich has vanished)...Alexei? ALEXEI?!
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Post by: edubs31 on November 23, 2012, 11:45:12 PM
The Baroness races across the room to find an open door and the young boy missing. Just as she leaves the room to enter another she hears a shriek. Turning the corner to enter a porch that leads directly outside the balcony and lawn where his sisters would have passed through to moments earlier she sees the young child rolling around the floor and holding his face in agony. She scoops him up quickly into her arms noticing the heavy door that leads to the outside that Alexei struggled to open swung back and knocked him down face first...

"Oh my God" she gasps out in a panic and rushes the boy back inside. The scene cuts away and we pick things up several minutes later. Alexei has been put down to bed and is now being watched over by Dr. Botkin, a second nameless physician, Nicholas, Alexandra, a couple of nanny's and a shaken and disturbed Sophie Buxhoeveden in the far corner of the room looking on helplessly and embarrassed. The young boy's face has swollen up and Dr. Botkin is giving his concerned parents the prognosis...

Dr. Botkin (whispering): I don't believe it to be too bad. But from what Baroness Buxhoeveden tells me the door that leads to the balcony swung closed, probably catching a gust of wind, and knocked him off his feat. The child then landed on his forehead.
Alexandra: My God!
Nicholas: His face is looking darker and more swollen by the minute. Do you know how much more there will be?
Dr. Botkin: It's difficult to say. It's certainly an attack but I believe the swelling is isolated to his forehead and eyes. It wasn't a nasty enough fall to cause a cut and external bleeding thankfully, but he is young boy. It does not take much to hurt even a healthy young boy.

Alexei's is heard groaning again and the Doctor excuses himself. Nicholas and Alexandra momentarily turn to each other before rushing back over to their injured son's bedside...

Alexandra: It wasn't Sophie's fault Nicky. She was summoned by a knock on the door. Alexei was seated and coloring when she walked over.
Nicholas: I'm not blaming her. But we cannot allow for anymore of these accidents. Two sets of eyes need to be on our son at all times. Derevenko cannot be allowed to leave his side unless two other people are watching over him.
Alexandra (holding back tears): Yes.
Nicholas: i'm going to have that damn door replaced as well.
Alexandra: God Nicky, look at him. He looks like a prize fighter after a match. Our son, our innocent little boy!
Nicholas: He will be alright. Botkin is always very honest with us. His eyes will probably close up for a day or so but that will be it...come now.

Nicholas leads Alexandra back over to Alexei's bedside where they shown holding the arm and hand of their crying child who is already being attended to by the doctors. The scene cuts away once more to Nicholas and Alexandra alone in their bedroom getting ready for sleep. They undress their from their formal wear. It's around a week since the accident...

Alexandra (taking off her earrings and other small articles of clothing): You how much I dread these frivolous affairs. They give me headaches.
Nicholas: I know it as well as anyone. Exactly why I try to limit them. I know how you don't like large crowds or even to leave the palace.
Alexandra: Still I am forced to...and to leave our son even when he is ill.
Nicholas: Only for the most important of affairs. Besides Alexei is back to looking healthy and strong.
Alexandra: I would spend all of my time next to his bedside if I had to, and do so with pleasure. Why is it the duty of Empress to take part in all of the dreadful activities of the court? To smile and make nice to people we never even see unless it's at parties or while you are working. Why is an Empress valued more when she is a good hostess rather than a good mother?
Nicholas: Perhaps if they only knew how good a mother. But I know, the children and the nannies and the workers know, and God knows. That is enough.
Alexandra: Not for the court. No the court requires more. They need a woman like your mother who dazzles them with extravagance, or who throws lavish parties like Miechen. I am the "German woman", born the English granddaughter of a Queen. The one who stole away their perfect Russian-born Tsarevich some years ago.
Nicholas (laughing): Oh darling you are quite too adorable when you get like this. We have such complicated lives. It's the consequence of being a ruler in such times. But you are the love of my life. You are the Empress and blessed by God himself. And you are the mother to the boy who will one day be king...besides if it wasn't for the occasional party and appearance at the court I might be deprived of seeing you as perfectly beautifully as you were tonight.
Alexandra (blushing): Oh Nicky...I don't know how you do it, but you always bring me sunshine!
Nicholas (climbing into bed next to his wife and embracing her): Speaking of mother and England, I wrote her again today. She has worried terribly about Alexei and I know she regrets she is in London and not closer to comfort us.
Alexandra: What else did you say in the letter.
Nicholas: Not much. You know how I am when writing anyone but you Sunny. I thanked God the bumps and bruises have left no trace and that our boy is as well and cheerful as his sisters again. I mentioned how they've taken to the garden and how we spend much time each day working in it.
Alexandra: Sounds nice. Good night my darling...
Nicholas: Good night Sunny.

The couple embrace once more and the scene fades like nighttime into black...

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on November 24, 2012, 05:12:05 PM
I don't know if refering to Baroness Sophia Von Buxhoeveden as Ms. would be appropriate. I think Mlle or madame would be the more correct mode or by her nickname Isa.
back to the R-J war:
Port Arthur 19 August 1904: after an artillery barrage the japanese attack and are met by a hail of russian artillery, machine gun and rifle fire. The japanese capture in some places the Russians forward trenches after some brutal hand to hand combat.Futher gains are halted by Russian fire and counterattacks. The japanese over the next few days both day and night attacks. the night attacks are repulsed by the Russians with the aid of searchlights and magnesium rockets. in some places where the russians had bard wire obsacales the wire was electrified. The japanese did cut holes through the wire using wire cutters with rubber or bamboo handles but a number of their men are electrocuted. on the morning of 24 August the attacks end.
 After some thought I think most of the scenes involving the japanese should be done with japanese actors using subtitles under a japanese director. they most likely will know more about what went on than a western director.

26 August 1904 Liaoyang the japanese 1st army attacks the eastern end of the russian line and takes korsarei hill, a key position. the local russian corps commander hesitates about sending reinforcements. in the evening it starts to pour with rain and the Russian army commander Kuropatkin orders a retreat.
28 August 2 Russian officers discuss what happen
Officer 1: What happened?
Officer 2: The japanese attacked us at Hunsha pass and took the hill that dominates it. no reinforcements were sent until too late, that evening it poured with rain and we were ordered to retreat to the inner defense line outside at liaoyang.
officer 2: We should have done this earlier the defenses here are stronger that our outer line.
end of part one of the battle.
I realize the above battle scens may be a little dull. Lets face it i am not a scriptwriter.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 24, 2012, 09:56:34 PM
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I don't know if refering to Baroness Sophia Von Buxhoeveden as Ms. would be appropriate. I think Mlle or madame would be the more correct mode or by her nickname Isa.

Thanks. I assume you are referring to how I have the girls addressing her? If so I think you are correct and I will change it to Madame.

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I realize the above battle scenes may be a little dull. Lets face it i am not a scriptwriter.

Don't sweat it! Neither am I certainly but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it the more I write. We can always work together to polish up your scenes (and mine) in the second draft once everything scene wise is written. Many of them are very good in my opinion. Your depth of knowledge on the subject on the other hand is practically second to none, and your contributions are invaluable!

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on November 25, 2012, 05:35:48 AM
Can I suggest that the girls address the Baroness either as Madame or as Sophie plus patronymic?

I agree with Erik that once we have a draft together we can work on it as necessary. Doing the initial draft is the difficult part!

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on November 25, 2012, 12:32:11 PM
Poor Alexei.  I can't imagine what it must have been like for him.  Good scene.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 26, 2012, 12:29:39 AM
Rolling back the clock a ways, here's a little scene I wanted to add that will hopefully be of use in giving the audience a better idea of the growing importance of Rasputin in the lives of the Imperial family. I'm finding it a little bit difficult to track down when and where exactly Alexandra and Nicholas would have informed Rasputin to the nature of Alexei's illness. I know their first meeting with the Starets was in November of 1905 and two more followed in June and then October of 1906 respectively. It's the time frame of the second meeting that I'm using as the basis for this scene acknowledging also that this is probably one of those times where artistic license comes into play. Not all that dissimilar to the scene in the movie where Rasputin meets the Empress alone in the dark, reveals his knowledge of Alexei to her, and then convinces her to submit to the will of God...


June, 1906 - St. Petersburg

Alexandra summons Rasputin to meet her at Alexander Palace. Alexei, not two years old yet, has suffered a minor fall and bleeding episode recently. She has warmed to the idea of the moujik over time but still is not completely convinced of his powers. Fearing for the life of her son and future of Empire however she decides to go out on a limb and speak to him again in private. Scene begins as Rasputin has been led into a room at an undisclosed location...

Alexandra (lighting a candle and then turning to receive her guest): Father Grigory, hello again.
Rasputin (walking over and then bowing to one knee): Ah, hello Matushka!
Alexandra: Please, rise.
Rasputin (slowly rising back to a standing position): I was excited to hear from you again. I've kept the letter that was sent to me. (looking around) Will the Tsar or anyone be joining us?
Alexandra: No the Tsar is not here and I wanted to speak to you alone. Please sit. Would you care for tea?
Rasputin: Yes thank you.
Alexandra: You look well. How have you been finding St. Petersburg?
Rasputin: I find that it's more entertaining when I am not so busy despising it.
Alexandra: Oh? What do you mean?
Rasputin: Matushka I think you know what I mean. And I am here to be of service to you in this time of great troubles. I can show you the light when others will to deceive you.
Alexandra: And what are these troubles you speak of as though you know first hand?
Rasputin: You and the Tsar are always surrounded with difficulties. I know. I know it well. You will never know the truth of the Russian people, their dreams and their plight. You have been surrounded only by flatterers and selfish climbers who understand nothing of them and care even less.
Alexandra: What people?
Rasputin: The people of the countryside. it is they who deserve to be loved and trusted more than the intriguers of the Court you see. The people will tell you the real truth. The ministers and officials will cover the truth with their lies.
Alexandra (getting up from her chair and staring away from Rasputin): But how do I communicate to them?
Rasputin: You must search your heart Matushka. Russia needs both of you, not just the Tsar. You must pray when in doubt and ask God to instruct and enlighten you. If you put your faith in him everything will be right...God would never abandon those he had set to rule over the people.
Alexandra (turning a smiling cautiously): Yes, yes I believe you are right.
Rasputin (after a pause): Would you like to hear stories of them? Or perhaps we can pray together?
Alexandra: Perhaps in a moment. I wanted to see you again Father Grigory. You have provided us with good advice before but there is something much more important I would like to talk to you about.
Rasputin (nodding and sitting down with the Empress): Please.
Alexandra: The Tsarevich is not well.
Rasputin: I know.
Alexandra (surprised): Oh? What is it that you know?
Rasputin: I know what I see in your eyes and what I can hear in the voices of those who know you well.
Alexandra: My son had a fall recently. He suffered a nasty bruise. Perhaps you were told something of this...
Rasputin (cutting her off): No it's something more. Something dark and menacing that hangs over all of you. I have felt it.
Alexandra (flustered): Well I don't know what you have heard but there are always rumors and lies about us...
Rasputin (closing his eyes and leaning back in his chair): When I close my eyes and think of you, and I think of you often, I see healthy daughters, a happy Tsar...
Alexandra: Yes?
Rasputin: I also see a sick boy and a mother terrified. A mother who feels the pain in her heart what her son feels in his body.
Alexandra: What do I feel?
Rasputin: You are scared Matushka. You live your life in fear. From people and from God. You have put your faith and dreams in Alexei Nikolaevich but you are confused. You think ill of his future and I sense guilt and pain in your in heart. Why this pain? Why this fear?
Alexandra (sobbing softly and drying her eyes with a handkerchief): Because I...because my boy is not well. Because I have been punished by God who has punished my son. I am confused because I have sinned but I am not a sinner. I am scared for Russia and scared for the Romanov dynasty.
Rasputin: What is it that afflicts the boy?
Alexandra: A disorder called hemophilia. It was passed to him through me and carried by me from my grandmama, the Queen Victoria.
Rasputin: But you are not sick, yes?
Alexandra: No, only boys...and only some boys at that. Some grow up healthy and some do not. One never knows.
Rasputin: When I see you in my dreams sometimes I see a lot of blood. It's always you or the boy in pain...never the Tsar or Grand Duchesses.
Alexandra: Yes, it is a disease of the blood.
Rasputin: Tell me more.
Alexandra: Alexei bleeds when he injures himself as all children do. Small cuts are not so bad. It's when he bruises inside that it is truly awful. The boy doesn't stop bleeding for a very long time after he is hurt. He cannot recover from injury as can normal healthy people. And the doctors know nothing. There is nothing that can be done!
Rasputin: The doctors can not help you. Only God can hear your cries. This is a punishment from him.
Alexandra (still in tears): But there must be something, or someone! You just told me that God would not abandon us.
Rasputin: God will not abandon you but you must pray Matushka. Pray very hard. He is challenging you. That is why he is putting your boy through such a trial. He granted you wealth and power. He made you the wife of a Tsar and the mother of four beautiful daughters. Alexei can only survive through you and your faith and your prayers. Pray Alexandra Feoderovna. Pray for the life of your son and for the future of the crown. Pray before me now!

Rasputin stands up and begins to recite a biblical prayer. Alexandra drops to her knees before him, crosses herself and quietly begins to pray as the scene cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Suzanne on November 26, 2012, 10:10:41 AM
I think there's a great deal of artistic license here. This scene is interesting but is there any evidence that Nicholas and Alexandra actually informed Rasputin of the medical diagnosis for their son's illness? Alexandra appears to have distrusted the conclusions of the doctors - namely, that the disease was incurable. I therefore find it difficult to believe that she would have spoken to Rasputin in the same way the doctors spoke with her. Also, is there any evidence that Alexandra was ever alone with Rasputin? - I found that scene difficult to believe in the original N&A! Otherwise, I think your screenplay is coming together nicely!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 26, 2012, 10:56:24 AM
I think there's a great deal of artistic license here. This scene is interesting but is there any evidence that Nicholas and Alexandra actually informed Rasputin of the medical diagnosis for their son's illness? Alexandra appears to have distrusted the conclusions of the doctors - namely, that the disease was incurable. I therefore find it difficult to believe that she would have spoken to Rasputin in the same way the doctors spoke with her. Also, is there any evidence that Alexandra was ever alone with Rasputin? - I found that scene difficult to believe in the original N&A! Otherwise, I think your screenplay is coming together nicely!

Hi Suzanne, I appreciate the comments.

Honestly I'm not terribly comfortable with this scene earlier as described by my little disclaimer above. I tried to dummy down the technical talk a little understanding full well that an under-educated Rasputin might not understand things like blood clotting, etc. But I felt a basic description was necessary (for the audience as well keep in mind).

You're right about this scene being modeled after the one in the film. I didn't want anything as dramatic as that. I've read diary entries and information on Rasputin's meeting from November of 1905 and from October of 1906 when he met the children as well as N&A. But I haven't found much on the June, 1906 meeting other than it in fact took place outside of Tsarskoe Selo. I didn't want to include Nicholas in this scene only because I figured it would be easier with only two people in conversation and also help to build the special personal relationship that developed between the Empress and Rasputin.

One other thing. From what I understand Rasputin initially learned of Alexei's through Olga Lokhtin in 1906. I've eluded to this in the scene as I have Alexandra addressing the rumors and gossip surrounding the imperial family. Also if Rasputin had learned from a secondary source does it not make sense that he would lie to the Empress and act as though the information came to hear through some type of sixth sense rather than expose his source? This would add to his mystical appeal, no?

If you or anyone has more information on that June 18, 1906 meeting I'll gladly do my best to either incorporate it into a scene or drop the idea of a scene completely. Thanks!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on November 27, 2012, 04:28:42 PM
Sometimes, a screenwriter just has to take liberties.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 27, 2012, 11:48:17 PM
A few less liberties taken with these next pair of scenes, hopefully...

June, 1907 - Aboard the Imperial Train

We catch up with things aboard the Imperial train and a conversation between the Tsar and Count Fredericks. They are sitting opposite each other at a long table in the dining car and preparing to eat lunch. Next to the Count sits other court functionaries and on either side of Nicholas are his daughters. Olga and Tatiana to the left, Marie and Anastasia to the right. The Count is sweating profusely and the Tsar takes notice as the wait staff is shown bringing food items to and from...

Nicholas (amused look on his face): Hot already old man?
Count Fredericks (fanning himself): Yes sire...how is it that I am the only one? Doesn't anything bother you royals?
Nicholas (daughters giggling): I only sweat when I'm nervous. As for my daughters...I suppose they simply know how dress appropriately for the warm weather months.
Count Fredericks: They are young and healthy too. I am an aging fellow.
Nicholas: Don't worry now, we'll all be getting some fresh air shortly.
Count Fredericks: It's only been a couple of hours. It feels like we aren't even moving sometimes.
Nicholas: Well you'll have to take that up with the security. I believe we are at top speed now...a whole thirty versts an hour down the track.

The Count continues speaking as we see Anastasia making faces at the servers, ADC's, and ladies-in-waiting. They aren't paying any attention but she is mocking them under her breath and imitating their looks and postures as her half embarrassed and half amused older sister Marie looks on. To the Tsar's left Tatiana has her head down and eating from a bowl of soup. 11 1/2 year old Olga is shown gazing at two ADC's in conversation standing behind the main dining table and feasting on zakouski. She appears smitten with at least one of the men...

Count Fredericks: The Empress has the right idea now doesn't she? Alone with the Tsarevich, cooling off in her room, and away from the incessant chatter of those around her (raising his voice towards the end while turning to glare at the ADC's. The two men break off their conversation immediately and put down their food).
ADC 1 (standing at attention and turning towards the Tsar to bow): Your majesty our apologies!
ADC 2: Yes, will his majesty be needing anything else before the meal is served?
Nicholas (smiling): No no gentleman I thank you. But please join us won't you? My eldest daughter would be especially pleased if you did.

Nicholas turns and smirks at Olga as does her sister Tatiana. Slightly embarrassed the Grand Duchess blushes and focuses her attention to the soup in front of her and the other food that is now being served. The scene cuts away and we quickly pick things up as the train has stopped giving its passengers time for a break to stretch their legs and seek relief in the shade by finding a brush of trees. Passengers empty from the train. ADC's and ladies-in-waiting are shown mingling with one another. The Imperial children quickly take to their surroundings and begin playing with a ball and frolicking around in the Russian countryside. Alexandra is shown taking young Alexei by the hand and being helped down a few steps that lead from her car to the ground level. Nicholas and Count Fredericks meanwhile walk towards the shade together in conversation...

Count Fredericks: Even standing in the sun is a relief from that oven of a train car...it is so good to be traveling again to sire. I sense there to be even more excitement now than in years past.
Nicholas: I find as the girls and Alexei grow older each year we become even closer as a family.
Count Fredericks: Indeed! I'm sorry that the Empress has not been well of late but you look brilliant sire.
Nicholas: Thank you, yes I think we are all quite relieved. It's been difficult lately but getting the issues with the Duma resolved is a great burden lifted from my shoulders.
Count Fredericks: It was a great and necessary action. We are all relieved your majesty. (stopping to wait up for the approaching Empress and Tsarevich) The look of pride and satisfaction on the face of the lady after the Duma was dissolved and those unsavory fellows were rounded up could not be mistaken. She was positively glowing. Never have I seen her more proud of her husband in his role of Tsar.
Nicholas (smiling with hands behind his back): I thank you for that my dear Count.

The Count bows to greet the Empress and Nicholas takes Alexei in his arms as together they are shown proceeding towards the brush. The scene fades out...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 27, 2012, 11:49:17 PM
Next scene features the family on their imperial yacht the Standart. Alexandra's friendship with the young Anna Vyrubova has blossomed to the point where both she and her new husband Alexander were invited on an extended cruise through the Finnish fjords. The two women are shown sitting alone on the deck of the ship and knitting. Soft classical music can be heard being composed in the background...

Anna Vyrubova: It is marvelous my lady. Such a big ship that it’s almost hard to imagine that it could be owned by any one person.
Alexandra: It’s over 400 feet in length. Much larger than the Polar Star the Dowager Empress uses. Our own floating palace.
Anna Vyrubova: That is incredible! And it looks almost brand new.
Alexandra: It was built in Copenhagen, twelve years ago actually. The Tsar designed the ship himself you know.
Anna Vyrubova: Oh my, how lovely. Of course it doesn't surprise me to hear. The Tsar has such impeccable taste.
Alexandra: Did General Orlov show you the chapel when he escorted you around earlier?
Anna Vyrubova: He did…your own private chapel on board, how wonderful!
Alexandra: There are so many nice fellows like him aboard. Don’t you think Anna? If your husband would not take ill to it I think it would be nice for you to have a dance together tonight. The band will be playing and all of the officers will be attending. The other ladies-in-waiting will have their pick...a stable of handsome boys to choose from. Even Admiral Nikov and Captain Zelenetsky will have a turn or two.
Anna Vyrubova: I ought to be careful around Alexander. Our marriage has been a trying affair recently as you well know your majesty…but will you be joining us to dance later?
Alexandra: Oh I’m afraid not. You won’t catch me dancing very often. Besides I must be looking after Alexei…it seems that everyone else will be occupied and his sailor nanny Derevenko deserves a break. The girls will take my place. They will have a ball I’m certain.
Anna Vyrubova: Well it all sounds delightful. Will the Tsar be coming ashore soon? I must say that I miss his company even though I so dearly enjoy this quiet time spent with you.
Alexandra: He is on one of his long walks. The Finnish forests are quite beautiful. I’m certain that Marie and Anastasia will not let him leave until they are full of all the wildflowers and mushrooms and pretty colored stones they can find.
Anna Vyrubova: It does sound so truly enchanting.
Alexandra: Yes well I think Nicky also wants to avoid Rear Admiral Lomen for a while.
Anna Vyrubova: Oh?
Alexandra (amusing tone): He’s responsible for his safety while onboard. Nicky’s own personal sailor nanny I guess you could say. The man takes his duties quite seriously. It as if the Tsar himself is under the command of the Admiral while aboard his vessel!
Anna Vyrubova: But why does he not simply replace the man if he’s quite bothered?
Alexandra: Oh it’s not so awful. Nicky loves a man with a great sense of duty and honor. Someone who takes great pains and adheres to the smallest of details.
Anna Vyrubova: Yes I see.
Alexandra: I’m glad you are here with us Anna. These voyages are always so happy. We are one united family aboard this ship…all 275 in crew and the many passengers she holds.

The scene shifts to later in the day. The Tsar has come back aboard with his two youngest daughters and previously docked ship has resumed sailing again. Most of the passengers, including the Tsar, are shown having congregated on the deck and are taking tea. Alexandra smiling and contented is seated next to a table and chatting with other women. THe orchestra is shown playing softly in the background. Suddenly the ship is rocked by what feels like an explosion! Tea cups, plates and picture frames are heard crashing to the floor. The musicians fall to the ground as do a number of those seated on the deck. The Empress keeps her balance by grabbing onto a piece of table while a terrified looking Anna does the same. A few shouts and screams can be heard. Anna shouts out “Good God…what is happening?” A look of panic sweeps across the face of the Empress but she remains silent other than to say, “the children…I must find them!”

Alexandra gets back to her feet almost immediately and hurries across the ship deck and past frantic crew members calling out to one another. She quickly finds her terrified daughters all huddled closely together and surrounded by other nannies and lady’s-in-waiting on the opposite side of the boat...


Alexandra (arms around her frightened daughters): What has happened?
Nanny: I don’t know your majesty…I think we may have hit something
Sailor (jogging up to them): The ship has hit a rock. It’s sinking! We must get you all to safety!
Alexandra: Alexei! Where is Alexei?
Sailor: I don’t know your majesty…he was with Derevenko last I saw.

Alexandra dismisses requests from the sailor and her weeping children to stay put and darts across the ship again where she begins checking rooms in the cabins below. Sirens and shouting can be heard and the camera focuses briefly on the lowering of several lifeboats. Alexandra in a panic then bumps into Nicholas...

Nicholas: Sunny are you alright…where are the children?
Alexandra: Alexei, I must find him…have you seen him?
Nicholas: No! I’m searching for him now.
Alexandra: The girls are fine they are upstairs on the top deck near the bow.
Nicholas: Derevenko…we must find Derevenko!

Moments later dashing across the ship’s large dining hall a startled and crying Alexei is shown being carried in the arms of his sailor nanny...

Derevenko (shouting): Your majesties!
Alexandra: Alexei!
Derevenko: He is fine…just scared. Your majesty we must evacuate the ship.
Nicholas: Take the Empress and the boy to the life boats. See to it that she and the children get aboard safety. I will stay here for now and direct others.
Derevenko: Yes sir!
Alexandra: Nicky be careful!

Derevenko is shown leading the Empress away from the Tsar while carrying Alexei. We cut quickly to Nicholas leaning over the side of the ship nearest to where it made collision with the rock. It is taking in water and appears to be sinking. He quickly zooms in on the water line near the base of the ship and takes out of his pocket a golden stop watch, beginning to time the speed in which the water is rising. He mumbles to himself, “twenty minutes”. Suddenly Nicholas turns to see Admiral Lomen racing towards him to be at his side...

Admiral Lomen (shouting & destraught): Your majesty! Are you alright?
Nicholas: I’m checking to see how fast we are sinking.
Admiral Nilov: I’ve been instructing all passengers to move to decks and abandon ship. The lifeboats are being lower…your majesty I was regretfully detained from coming to your side immediately, but where is her majesty and the children?
Nicholas (putting his on either shoulder): Never mind that now…they are being led to safety as we speak. Help me get others to safety Admiral!
Admiral Nilov: Yes your majesty!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 27, 2012, 11:49:38 PM
Scene shifts to show the Empress having seen to it that Derevenko, Alexei and her children have safely boarded a life boat. Anna with her husband Alexander, the other nanny’s, ADC’s and ladies-in-waiting are expecting her to climb aboard the next boat that has since been moved into receiving position…

Alexandra: General Orlov…see to it that the others are loaded on and reach safety. I must go and will return shortly.
General Orlov: But your majesty?!
Anna Vyrubova: My lady where are you going?
Alexandra: Come with me Anna. We must collect the valuables…as many as we can!
Alexander Vyrubova: Your majesty do not risk your safety…I will go to the cabins and collect your valuables. You mustn’t stay aboard any longer.
Alexandra: No stay here with the other passengers. We will return! Anna follow me!

The Empress is Anna are next shown bustling their way into a stateroom where they both begin collecting small items such as jewelry, icons and other mementos. The Empress rips a sheet from off a bed and uses it as a bundle to collect the stray items. We next see Anna carrying the sack with the assistance of her husband and entering the life boat with the Empress. As they are being rowed away to safety a strange cheer erupts from the ship. The camera focuses back in on Nicholas being addressed by two sailors...

Nicholas: What is it? What is the commotion about?
Sailor #1: Your majesty the sinking has stopped!
Nicholas: How?
Sailor #2: The water is no longer pouring in sire…the watertight compartments cannot be penetrated. The lower deck has been flooded but the ship has settled.
Nicholas: Excellent news!
Admiral Lomen (cutting in): Your majesty lets get you to safety now. The ship may be stable but dangers persist.
Nicholas: I wish to stay and oversee things for now…while there is still light out.
Admiral Lomen: Please your majesty, come with me. The men aboard are working quickly to empty the water from the lower deck and then must pry the ship from off this dreadful rock. They need to be left alone to do their job and not worry about the safety of their Tsar. I’m quite certain the Empress and children are worried sick of your absence as well.
Nicholas (after a pause): You’re right, lets go.

The scene cuts away and picks up again later in the evening. The family is sleeping in the much more crowded quarters of the smaller naval vessel Asia. Nicholas is shown stripped down to casual wear and slightly disheveled bringing a basin of water up the Empress and Anna...

Nicholas: Here we are now ladies.
Anna Vyrubova: Thank you your majesty.
Alexandra: After you Anna (Anna begin washing her face and arms).
Nicholas: The Polar Star will be here in the morning. We will transfer over and head back to St. Petersburg.
Alexandra: We are cutting the trip short then?
Nicholas: For security reasons. We must unload much of the crew who cannot be taken with us aboard the smaller vessel.
Alexandra: Very well. I think the children would be most disappointed ordinarily, but they’ve had themselves quite a shock. It will be good for them to get back on land.
Nicholas: Yes I believe so as well…excuse me now Sunny.
Alexandra: Where are you going dear?
Nicholas: One of the sailors informed me that Captain Nilov has holed himself up in his cabin. He is apparently distraught and I must see what’s the matter.
Alexandra: Yes…don’t be long please. Anna and I need you by our side tonight.

The scene shifts to show the Tsar entering Flag Captain Nilov’s cabin without knocking…

Captain Nilov (startled and bringing himself to his feet): Your majesty!
Nicholas: What are you doing Captain?
Captain Nilov: Ummm, yes, I’m looking over charts to see the nature of the accident that occurred. I don’t see where this rock appears on anywhere.
Nicholas: And what is that in your right hand?

The Captain slowly pulls his hand from behind his back to show the Tsar the loaded revolver he is grasping. He looks down ashamedly…

Nicholas: Explain yourself!
Captain Nilov: I have failed you your majesty. Humiliated in my failure to carry out my sworn duty to keep the Imperial family safe and steer his majesty's yacht away from any harm.
Nicholas: And this is what you have chosen to do? To take justice into your own hands and punish yourself? Captain do not be a fool! I do not except this!
Captain Nilov: Your majesty it is the responsibility of a…
Nicholas: Stop right there. Do not lecture me on responsibility. I am fine, my family is fine. There is nothing that could have been done and not a more capable man than you.
Captain Nilov: I thank you for those kind words sire. Still the thought of the imperial family in peril is...is too much to bear.
Nicholas: You didn't veer of course Captain. I'm told same as you that the blame lies at the feet of the pilot who wrote the charts. There was no rock on the map…no reason to fear having sailed down the channel.
Captain Nilov: Yes, yes I suppose that's true your majesty.
Nicholas: Sit with me a moment…now as I’m sure you are quite aware under naval regulations the incident here will be brought before a court of inquiry. But there is not a shadow of a doubt that you will be acquitted…this accident was entirely unforeseeable.
Captain Nilov (nodding his head): Yes I see the logic in that sire. Thank you for your kindness and understand.
Nicholas: There is no shame you ought to be feeling captain. It takes an act of God, like today, or a madman to make me feel concerned for the safety of myself and my family aboard this ship…now stop acting like a buffoon and hand me that revolver.
Captain Nilov (gently placing the gun into the Tsar’s hand): Yes your majesty.
Nicholas (standing back up): Now get some rest Admiral. We all need it.

The Admiral stands to salute Nicholas as he exits the room and the scene fades to black…
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on November 28, 2012, 01:14:58 AM
'Sometimes, a screenwriter just has to take liberties.'

Indeed. And given that Alexandra was quite happy to let Rasputin wander round the girls' bedrooms as they were going to bed, I doubt she would be concerned about meeting him alone.

You could always have her tell the lady-in-waiting to wait outside, just to show that such a meeting would be unusual.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 28, 2012, 10:38:05 AM
'Sometimes, a screenwriter just has to take liberties.'

Indeed. And given that Alexandra was quite happy to let Rasputin wander round the girls' bedrooms as they were going to bed, I doubt she would be concerned about meeting him alone.

You could always have her tell the lady-in-waiting to wait outside, just to show that such a meeting would be unusual.

Ann

Good idea. I had thought about creating the meeting scene in Anna Vyrubova's home where they are said to have met often. She could have been the person to show Rasputin in and then exit the room. I decided against it because I'm still trying to be as accurate as possible with the things I specifically know to be true and not to be true...and that meeting on 6/18/07 did not take place at the home of Vyrubova.

While I have you here...any recommendations on scenes during this relative lull in activity period (circa latter half of 1907 through 1911)?

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on November 28, 2012, 04:15:56 PM
Ah, the time the Standart almost sank.  That was a close call for all of them.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 29, 2012, 09:38:45 PM
August, 1909 - Isle of Wight, England

Scene begins with the Imperial yacht Standart shown steaming slowly towards shore where its anchor is dropped. We cut quickly to show the Tsar and Empress hand in hand walking down the ramp to the dock. Surrounding them are the children and other functionaries who have been invited ashore to assist the family during their visit with the King and Queen, cousin George Duke of Cornwall and York, and his wife Princess Mary of Teck...

Alexandra (breathing in the air and closing her eyes, smiling): Oh Nicky...home again.
Nicholas (smiling): Home is it?
Alexandra: If you only knew how good it felt to be back in England. Until I came to Russia to marry you the happiest years of my life were spent here.
Nicholas (taking her by each hand): Yes I surely understand my dear.
Alexei (racing up to his parents while trailed closely by Sailor nanny Derevenko): Mama! Papa! Hurry...I want to see Prince John and George and Henry!
Alexandra: Your cousins will be waiting for you Alexei, but you must be patient.

The imperial family and their handlers are then shown loaded into automobiles and driving off up the coast to the vacation residence of the Duke and Princess. We catch up with the family on the beach and strolling about. Alexandra, seated, and speaking with Mary and surrounded by their ladies-in-waiting. Marie and Anastasia are shown seated in the sand and playing games with the younger cousins while Olga and Tatiana walk with fifteen year old Edward and twelve year old Mary near the water's edge. The Tsar and Duke are shown walking together down a dirt path and we pick things up in mid conversation...

Nicholas: It's beautiful here. Reminds me of the Crimea.
George: I thought it might. Although I honestly wasn't sure if you were tired of beaches and blue waters by now.
Nicholas: Ha, no never dear cousin, never.
George: The Empress looks positively ravishing, and your children seem lively and delightful, particularly the young Tsarevich.
Nicholas: Thank you...I must admit the same for you and your charming family. Mary especially. It has really been too long George.
George: Yes I agree.
Nicholas: What news of the King? It was so splendid of him to visit Russia last year. I've come to understand his prior reservations.
George: Yes well this brewing constitutional crisis has weighed greatly on him...on all of us really.
Nicholas: He was not a fan of my decision to dissolve the Second Duma. But I've always admired him for his honesty and his wisdom offered in my times of difficulty.
George: Now it is he who is dealing with liberal upheaval.
Nicholas: Yes, this "People's Budget". I understand the House of Lords has rejected the prime minister's demands. Sounds like a nasty fight that you are caught in the middle of.
George: It is, quite unsavory. We understand the need for reform at many levels but we cannot be devoured by a radical agenda.
Nicholas: Who are the main culprits pushing the agenda?
George (deep sigh): Chancellor Lloyd George and a man named Churchill. They have been dubbed the "Terrible Twins" by the Lords'.
Nicholas: Lets pray that men like these never come to power as I can only imagine the frustration you must be feeling. What good is being a king when he has not the power to stop bad things from happening?
George: Ah, the difference between an autocrat and a constitutional monarch. Concessions my dear Nicky, it's all about concessions. The throne isn't always about doing something...sometimes it's about not doing something.
Nicholas: Well be that as it may...it's times like these when I realize the only way for Russia to survive is for me to keep a tight grip on power.
George (chuckling under his breath): Yes cousin.
Nicholas (smiling, with a curious look): What's so funny?
George: Oh forgive me...I just remembered something I heard recently that gave both the king and I a hearty laugh.
Nicholas (still smiling): What was it?
George: We were at the Derby a few weeks ago and one of our horses Minoru won. The next day as we were reentering the track for another day at the races a voice in the crown shouted, "Now King, you've won the Derby. Go back home and dissolve the bloody parliament!"
Nicholas (as the two share in a hearty laugh): A man after my own heart!
George (moments later and regaining his composure): Alright, enough of this nonsense. I have a surprise for you Nicky, you know?
Nicholas: Oh? More jokes?
George: No more jokes, something you'll like better I should think. Be sure to thank my father.

Scene cuts away and then shifts quickly to the Imperial and royal families seated near the waterfront and watching a formal review of the Royal Navy. King Edward VII is seated towards the middle of the front row with the Queen, Princess Mary and Alexandra to his right, and George and then Nicholas to his left respectively. We are shown the naval procession containing three lines of battleships and dreadnoughts making their way into the port and dropping anchor...

Mary Teck (leaning over to whisper in Alexandra's ear): I hope the Tsar does not feel as though we are boasting. I apologize, but my husband and King cannot resist showing off their Royal Navy.
Alexandra: Oh, do not by silly my lady. There is nothing the Tsar enjoys more than a bit military pomp.

Switching over to Nicholas and George sitting next to one another...

Nicholas (smiling): Trying to impress old boy? If so, it's working.
George (smiling): Just a little show of force. Something to keep you Russians in line.
Nicholas: And I though we were friends.
George: Allies, yes, friends...? Well that depends.
Nicholas: Depends on what?
George: Depends on what you think of this...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 29, 2012, 09:39:05 PM
Just then the British royal yacht Victoria and Albert steams slowly past the onlookers. Pennants dip and cannons are ceremonially fired. The startled Russian children cover their ears while their British cousins look on in amusement. Moments later a nearby band breaks out a rendition of "God Save The Tsar". Simultaneously hundreds of sailors aboard the decks of the ships remove their hats and can be seen waving and heard bursting out rapturous cheers. Everyone stands as the music is played. Nicholas first leans across to shake the hand and thank the King and then walks to stand next to Alexandra. They are shown holding one another and waving back at and saluting the seaman aboard their ships.

The scene then shifts to later in the day and a conversation involving Nicholas, King Edward, Duke George and his eldest son Prince Edward...

King Edward: I do hope you enjoyed yourself Nicky.
Nicholas: Your majesty it was thrilling and we are honored. My family and I should not soon forget your kindness.
Prince Edward: Uncle Nicky, would it be...
George (interrupting his son): David, excuse yourself...titles please.
Prince Edward: Yes, umm, forgive me your Imperial Majesty, but I was wondering if you would allow me to show you my Naval College of Osborne tomorrow.
Nicholas (smiling and nodding): Why of course.
Prince Edward: Albert and I would be honored. We think you'll like it very much.
Nicholas: I'm certain I will.
George: Edward would you mind hurrying along and letting the princess know the men have all grown hungry and are ready for dinner?
Prince Edward: Yes father! (quickly walks away)
Nicholas: A fine boy you have raised George. A fine monarch he will surely one day make. I should like Alexei to become a naval cadet someday. My experience in the military was quite fruitful.
King Edward: I think David has taken a liking to your eldest daughter Olga your majesty.
Nicholas: She probably responded in kind. The girl is young but has a mind of her own. She's informed both me and her mother that she flat refuses to leave Russia for any man or any reason. Ignoring the fact that her own mother left both England and Germany to come to Russia and her aunt left her homeland to marry the eventual King of England.
King Edward: Well when the time comes perhaps we can talk some sense into the girl.
Nicholas: By all means do try. I apparently have failed in my duty as father.

King Edward begins to laugh, tickled by Nicholas's assessment of daughter Olga, but quickly he begins to cough severely and incessantly. He is hunched over and both Nicholas and George quickly express their concern and offer their support...

Nicholas (concerned): Your majesty?
George: Father are you alright?
King Edward (between coughs): I'm fine, I'm fine...just this damn cough I've been struggling with lately.
George: It has become a little too frequent if you ask me. You need to cut down on the cigars!
King Edward: Don't lecture and old man about his smoking my boy.
Nicholas (noticing Dr. Botkin and signalling him over): My personal physician is nearby. Let me call him over.

The King regains his composure some just as Dr. Botkin approaches...

Dr. Botkin: Your majesties how may I be of service?
Nicholas: The King has himself a nasty cough.
King Edward: I'm fine now thank you Nicky...doctor there is nothing to be alarmed of.
George: He's been experiencing these coughing attacks more and more lately. I'm sure it has something to do with his smoking, but cannot be sure.
King Edward (breathing heavily): Stop that, this really isn't necessary.
George: Stop being stubborn father...look at yourself, you can barely catch your breath.
Nicholas: Your majesty lets get you inside and let the doctors take a look. Botkin would you be so kind as to assist the King?
Dr. Botkin: Most certainly...(George helps his father inside)...your majesty might I have a quick word first? (Stepping aside with the Tsar) Sire I am afraid that Prince Albert's cold has developed further. I fear it will be become whooping cough.
Nicholas: That is unfortunate. I suppose the boy won't be available for dinner but perhaps he'll regain his strength in a couple of days before we depart?
Dr. Botkin: I think it best not to interact much at all with the prince while he is ill. Or at least not while Alexei is present.
Nicholas: Oh?
Dr. Botkin: The decision is yours and the Empress's of course but I worry Alexei might catch his illness. A nasty cough might trigger a bleeding attack.
Nicholas (pausing): Well yes you are right of course. Safety first. After seeing the King in such a state I think it best that we keep Alexei away from anyone feeling ill.
Dr. Botkin (bowing his head): Yes your majesty my thoughts precisely. I'll check in on the King now with Doctor Flynn.
Nicholas: Thank you Doctor.

Nicholas stands outside alone on the steps of the front doorway looking upon his children and their nannies playing across the yard. No expression on the Tsar's face as the scene cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on November 30, 2012, 09:02:07 AM
Small point, Erik.

At this time George was Prince of Wales. He was briefly duke of Cornwall and York immediately after his father's accession (the heir apparent has to be created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester - it doesn't happen automatically). I think the time lag on this occasuion was about 3 weeks.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on November 30, 2012, 11:07:58 AM
Oh yeah, King Edward does not have much longer to live..
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on November 30, 2012, 11:12:16 AM
Another smallish point.

Would George, a heavy smoker himself, blame his father's chest trouble on smoking?

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on November 30, 2012, 06:15:26 PM
Hey Ann, thanks for clarity on his title. Was George a big cigar smoker as well? I have him attacking his father's cigar addiction in particular here but I see your point. I'm guessing you can see where I was going with the last part of the scene. Edward's bronchitis which eventually got the better of him.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 01, 2012, 09:12:38 AM
I don't know whether George followed his father in smoking cigars, but he was certainly a heavy cigarette smoker, which contributed to the chest trouble he suffered from in later life.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 01, 2012, 09:27:38 AM
Ok, I think you're right and it's best to play it safe here. So many men were smokers during this time it would seem hypocritical for them to voice their opinions on such a matter...I guess only a doctor or their wives & mothers would seem fit to lecture a man on such a nasty habit.

I'll edit the scene to show George and Nicholas's concern over the coughing attack but I know the King was pretty stubborn when it came to his ill health...pressing on with his duties til to the very end.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 01, 2012, 11:27:56 AM
They really had no clue about smoking back then, it seems. 
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 01, 2012, 11:17:11 PM
July 17, 1907 - Aboard the Imperial Yacht Standard in the Baltic Sea

Next scene shows Nicholas en route to meet the Kaiser in the Baltic. He is aboard the Standart which is shown sailing through stormy waters and waves crashing over its sides onto the decks. Crew members shout out orders. Outside the compartments two young sailors are shown hanging their heads over the side of the ship relieving themselves of their sea sickness. From behind them and seated at a table are officers laughing at their expense. The sailors turn their attention quickly, wiping their faces dry and saluting. One officer calls out, "Oh don't worry gentlemen, you boys will get the hang of it one of these days!" Another says, "Yes, don't let these fools embarrass you. We all suffered through our first storm."

Scene shifts quickly as the laughing is faded out to Nicholas shown smiling while reading a letter written to him by Alexandra and seated next to Count Fredericks. The camera focuses in on a particular sentence that reads, "Our Friend is watching over you - all will go well." And then further down, "Tenderly and fondly with an aching heart - I kiss you - every sweet little spot I love passionately."...


Count Fredericks: What is it sire? You looked pleased.
Nicholas: Sunny's letter. She told me to wait and read once I get a break. Or if anything upsets me.
Count Fredericks: Oh yes. Sweet words sent from the lady to better pass your journey I trust?
Nicholas: Yes, I must admit to envying her some. The way she is able to express the passion of her thoughts and feelings in writing. I've never been able to write that way, although she brings out the best in me.
Count Fredericks: In many ways your majesty, in many ways.

We next see Nicholas in the dining quarters. He's at the head of a long table full of officers and flanked on either side by Count Fredericks and Foreign Minister Alexander Izvolsky...

Izvolsky: My wife is from the Baltic.
Nicholas (pausing): A Baltic German?
Izvolsky: Yes your majesty.
Nicholas: The Empress mentioned to me her German heritage, but not that she was a Balt...interesting.
Izvolsky: I fear there is much unknown by the Court. Marguerite's Russian is still very poor.
Nicholas (throwing a wink and smile towards a cluster of onlooking officers who raise their glasses and salute in kind): As was my wife's early on. She seems like a charming woman never the less Izvolsky. I wish you two well.
Izvolsky: Thank you your majesty.
Nicholas: I should be thanking you. I'm impressed by your work with the British and Japanese, as well as the strengthening of our alliance with France. Prime Minister Stolypin thinks quite highly of you as well...but tell me, why no serious ambitions for Germany.
Izvolsky: I feel it is your personal relations with the Kaiser that must be emphasized your majesty. Hence this voyage and meeting. I might refer to our relationship with Germany as being more of an acquaintance or partnership than a friendship. A somewhat precarious alliance held together mostly because of you sire.
Nicholas (smiling as though somewhat amused): Witte has referred to him as a meglomaniac. I cannot say I disagree. My father never thought highly of him. Our English relatives consider him rather suspect as well. And the French, well, I think that goes without saying. But someone needs to stand firm and keep diplomatic relations strong.
Izvolsky: The Kaiser inspires with his bold claims and rhetoric all the while he secretly plants the seeds of doubt.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 01, 2012, 11:17:26 PM
Just as Nicholas is shown raising his glass again in the direction of his officers his action is cut and pasted onto another scene where he toasts the Kaiser. It's aboard Wilhelm's ship the next afternoon...the storm having since passed...

Nicholas (standing and raising his glass in mid sentence): And to the continuation of kindred relations and traditional friendships, I offer my gratitude with a toast to the Kaiser and the whole of the German Empire!
Wilhelm: And in the spirit of the unchangeable friendship between our dynasties and our people, I too raise a glass. God save the Tsar and the Russian Empire!" (Sounds of "hear! hear!" can be heard from the surrounding officers)

The scene shifts quickly to Nicholas and Wilhelm alone in the Kaiser's private study. Nicholas reclines in a chair, a cigarette in one hand and glass of German Schnapps in the other. Wilhelm too sips from brandy while spinning a globe...

Wilhelm: You know I look at this globe and it makes me think how truly small the world is.
Nicholas: Oh? I've often looked at it and admired the vastness of it all.
Wilhelm: No, it's not so big. Not the part that matters anyway. We could rule it you know. Leave the western hemisphere to the Americans, let the colonies become their own nations and leave them to their own devices. We turn our attention elsewhere. A united front such as Russia and Germany would be unstoppable.
Nicholas (amused): I wonder what our British relatives would say about such a bold undertaking. And the French for that matter.
Wilhelm (pausing, looking up at his cousin and then smiling): Yes, I guess we'll have to bring them along too. Parcel up the world together.
Nicholas: My Foreign Minister Izvolsky, who you met earlier, doesn't believe in imperialist conquest. He says that Russia must look inward and concern itself only with domestic issues. And he's not alone.
Wilhelm: I know its been a difficult few years for you Nicky but this is no time for world powers to sit around and lick their wounds...I must say I've admired many of the steps you have taken since the war ended. There are countless abominable liberal movements springing up across Europe. I was appalled at the way they tried to sabotage your efforts against the Japanese. Appalled by the British as well. These fools have become heads of state and are devouring the voices of reason. How I long sometimes for Queen.
Nicholas: Izvolsky tells me you are not playing nicely with the British. He says the second Hague Conference is off to a poor start. What is it you want Willy?
Wilhelm: England doesn't want to see us become a naval power. You know it as well as I. They quiver at the prospects of a central European power competing with their fleet. You know I have great affectionate for the King and Queen, and cousin George. I admire the British people as well. But the German Empire will not be subjugated to an Anglo monopoly on maritime power, and these proposals for compulsory arbitration...Nicky...I am not an unreasonable man nor are we an unreasonable people. But I refuse to be a pawn on their chess board. Our horizons stretch far away.
Nicholas: It seems to me that you are risking much by alienating yourself from Britain. Is it not in the best interest of your people to remain closely allied?
Wilhelm: You know the prevailing sentiment among large sections of the middle and lower classes of my own people is not friendly to England. I am something of an exception. If I listened to the commoners that is when we would truly be alienating ourselves. The British are agitators Nicky and historical revisionists. At times I think them as mad as March Hares!
Nicholas: Well you know where I stand, and you know of our efforts to continually strengthen ties with you as well as England and France. I'd hate to see a misunderstanding wreck our alliances.
Wilhelm (sitting down across from Nicholas): As do I. Fragile alliances can crack over time however. It is of the utmost importance that we continue to work closely together. You and I. The autocracy depends on it. Peace and prosperity the whole of Europe does as well my dear cousin.
Nicholas: Indeed cousin. (pausing for a puff of his cigarette) Indeed.
Wilhelm: More schnapps?
Nicholas (smiling): Yes, please.

Camera zooms out slightly. The scene then fades then cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 02, 2012, 12:58:48 AM
Erik

Just a thought. The Kaiser was apparently very keen on using English slang, but tended to get it slightly muddled and mix his metaphors.

Perhaps you could make use of this. If you can get hold of the DVD of 'Fall of Eagles', then Barry Foster's portrayal of the Kaiser is unparallelled.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 02, 2012, 09:25:45 AM
It's bad that I've never actually seen 'FOE', just clips. I'll certainly take that into consideration. Maybe I can download and watch it online in full...I'll certainly take some notes on the scenes with the Kaiser as you say, thanks!

As far as my premise for this particular scene obviously I wanted to get cousin Willy at least one more appearance so we aren't just dropping him in from out of nowhere when the war breaks out. The timing is good too. The second Hague Conferences had opened a month prior and again it was Germany more than anyone else keeping the talks from developing into any major successes. Also the general bitterness the Kaiser has towards the British is a sort of lead in to the disastrous "Daily Telegraph" interview from about a year later. Wilhelm made a fool of himself and received the scorn of his subject as well as the British and others. I've even swiped a couple of lines from the article to use here :-)

I'm wondering if next I should have a brief scene where Nicholas responds to the article & interview. The Kaiser took some shots at Russia too so I'm guessing the Tsar was none too pleased, lol. Do you happen to know if Nicholas mentioned anything about it in his diary, letters, or that might have turned up in anyone's memoirs?
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 02, 2012, 11:25:04 PM
Of course, Nicholas and Wilhelm were cousins, and seemed quite friendly to each other before it all went south in 1914.  One has to wonder, had Nicky survived, would he have ever spoken to Willy again?  George V never did.  When George died in 1936, Wilhelm stayed away, but sent his grandson instead.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 03, 2012, 02:18:06 AM
Erik

You could try Bernhard von Bulow's memoirs (great fun!).

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 04, 2012, 11:54:28 PM
September, 1908 - Geneva, Switzerland

Next scene begins as Nadya Krupskaya opens the door to a room. Her husband is shown with his head down at a desk reading and writing...a stack of books and papers at either side of him...

Krupskaya (opening the door then pausing): Ilyich, dinner is served.
Lenin (looking up as though startled but then pausing with a slight grin): Yes, thank you Nadya. I"m just about finished here. It is very hard putting down the pen once I get started into something.
Krupskaya (smiling): Don't I know it. But come now, before your food gets cold. Your books and notes will be waiting for you when you return.
Lenin (getting up from his desk): Yes, indeed.

Scene cuts to Lenin sitting at his dinner table, picking and eating from his plate while reading from a book. Nadya is shown sitting across and to the side of him, a rather displeased look on her face as though upset about being ignored during their meal...

Krupskaya (after a long pause): So, how is it coming along?
Lenin (sighing as though irritated by the interruption): Quickly at times, then slowly at others. All I have here is time. Time and my books and newspapers.
Krupskaya: Have you settled on a title yet?
Lenin: Materialism and Empirio-criticism.
Krupskaya: I see.
Lenin: You don't like it?
Krupskaya: No it isn't that. I just wish I knew more about it.
Lenin (surprised): We have talked about this before. It's based around the central viewpoint that human perceptions correctly and accurately reflect the objectivity of the external world.
Krupskaya: What is it you are working on at the moment?
Lenin: Putting the final touches on a chapter dealing with objective truth.
Krupskaya: Ah, objective truth...does it even exist?
Lenin: My question precisely.
Krupskaya: Share your thoughts with me, won't you?
Lenin: Can human ideas have a content that does not depend on a subject? That does not depend either on a human being, or on humanity? If so, can human ideas that give expression to objective truth, express it all at one time? Can they do so as a whole, unconditionally, absolutely, or only approximately and relatively?
Krupskaya (leaning in and smiling): And what would the other Marxists say?
Lenin: Bogandov insists that if truth is only an ideological form, then there can be no truth independent of the subject and of humanity. For we cannot know any other ideology but human ideology.
Krupskaya (standing up and pacing around the room): And if truth is a form of human experience, then there can be no truth independent of humanity. Therefore there can be no objective truth...do you agree?
Lenin (chuckling): Very good Nadya...and, no, I do not agree. I find Bogandov's denials to be absurd.
Krupskaya (sitting back down): I thought you might. And convince others of this you shall.
Lenin: Yes that is the aim. Stuck here in Geneva and then bloody London with little clue of what goes on in Russia. If I cannot know more of the common Russian at least they'll know more of me.
Krupskaya: I have read that revolutionary fervor has died down in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Lenin: Yes it seems Stolypin's reforms have been quite effective. Lulling the masses to sleep and allowing the Tsarist rule to regain its grip. There was an opening...an opportunity two years ago. It sickens me to think that this could be as close as we'll ever come to full scale revolution.
Krupskaya: Oh Ilyich the people weren't ready for it yet. The revolution was in their hearts but their heads could not allow it to succeed. You said it yourself, they were not organized. But the time will come again.
Lenin (zooming in on Lenin): It will take something unforeseen. The revolution cannot be portrayed as a possibility, it must appear unavoidable. "Blood Sunday" and the revolts were a spark, but the fuse was too long. Bloody Nicholas had time to extinguish it...pour water on the flames of rebellion. Next time must be different. Next time must spell instant and total disaster for the Tsarist regime.

Scene cuts away and we are taken back to Nicholas finishing up a conversation with Grand Duke Konstantine Konstantinovich in Tsarskoe Selo. Alexandra accompanies them. They talk over tea...

Nicholas (w/Alexandra looking at pictures of the Grand Duke's wife and eight children): Ever find it amusing that the Lord saw fit to make six of your first seven children boys, whereas my first four were all girls?
KR (smiling): I suppose it's all part of the process of evening things out. One man for every woman in the world.
Alexandra: These are lovely KR. It won't be long before we see them in person again I hope? Alexei has been asking for his cousin George, and I know the girls are eager to see their older cousins as well as little Vera.
KR: As are my children equally eager to see yours your majesty.
Nicholas: We ought to have you come along with us to Spala in October. The entire family could use some time together.
Alexandra: Yes that would be lovely!
KR: Sounds delightful.
Nicholas (coming across a portrait of eighteen year old Tatiana): Oh my...Tatiana looks marvelous here KR.
Alexandra: My, yes, what a beauty! I suppose it won't be long before the darling girl starts receiving some serious attention, yes?
KR: Thank you both, yes, any number of suitors I would imagine. No prospects just yet however. But you know how quickly that can change with a young lady.
Alexandra: Well I was 22, but of course your wife the Princess Elisabeth was quite young.
KR: Yes, nineteen to be exact. I should hope that my daughters can show a bit more patience.
Alexandra: Oh, but what if they fall in love with a strapping Grand Duke such as yourself!
KR (smiling and chuckling): Yes I suppose that would deem special consideration.
Nicholas (raising his cup of tea in the direction of the Grand Duke): From one father of daughters to another...let us pray!

The three share in a hearty laugh as they all finish up their cups of tea...

KR (putting down his empty cup): On that note I should probably be excusing myself.
Alexandra: Oh but you just arrived my dear, won't you stay a while longer?
KR: Well your majesty the Princess has a day full of leisure activities planned that I promised to join her for.
Alexandra: I certainly understand that.
Nicholas (standing and shaking hands): Thank you for the visit cousin.
KR: Nicky, Alix (embracing her), a pleasure as always. Safe travels to Livadia and have a wonderful time. Give the children my love, of course.
Alexandra: And you do the same.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 04, 2012, 11:54:46 PM
The scene cuts away quickly showing KR exiting the palace and Nicholas and Alexandra in a warm embrace seeing him off. While riding away in his carriage his coachman informs him of a note received...

Coachman (handing him back the note): Your highness a note was delivered during your visit.
KR (surprised): Oh? Thank you. (reads the note)
Coachman: Straight home to her highness sir?
KR (pondering): Ahhh, no Pavel. Change of plan. Liteyniy Prospekt please.
Coachman (pausing briefly): Yes your highness.

Scene cuts to the carriage pulling up in front of a cafe where a young man named Yatsko is shown having spotted KR. The Grand Duke has drawn back the curtain ever so slightly and can be seen peaking his eye from out a window in the direction of the cafe. Yatsko smiles excitedly, takes one last sip of his drink and places some change on the table before heading quickly over to the carriage. He arrives at the door, looks around momentarily and climbs in...

KR: Package has arrived Pavel, we may depart now.
Yatsko: Package am I?
KR (smiling): A very valuable one indeed.
Yatsko (Leaning back seemingly unamused): Three weeks and I've barely heard from you. Apparently not so valuable.
KR (turning to face him): You knew I was busy...I've been buried by responsibilities lately. If you don't think I missed you every idle moment...
Yatsko (interrupting the Grand Duke with laughter and then taking him by both hands): Oh my dear majesty, how I enjoy getting a rise out of you!
KR (smiling and leaning in. Their foreheads touching while KR places his right hand around the back of Yatsko neck): Oh my dear Yatsko what shall I do with you.
Yatsko: I understand you have little time to spare...accompany me to the brothels perhaps?
KR (pausing): It's been three weeks and I've missed you so. I'll send word to the princess that I was held up. In the meantime let us opt for more intimate surroundings. I know of a place.

Yatsko smiles and the camera zooms out to show the carriage continuing on it's way down the street. Scene cuts away...

Next scene is a zoomed out shot of Livadia Palace and it's immediate surroundings. The elder Grand Duchesses are briefly shown being given a lesson in French by Pierre Gilliard. Marie and Anastasia are being tended to by nanny's, and Alexei is in the care of Alexandra and a lady-in-waiting. Nicholas is then shown alone in his study finishing up some paperwork. A knock at the door...

ADC: Your majesty the package you ordered has arrived
Nicholas: Oh yes, bring it here please.

Nicholas excitedly opens the package containing a new military uniform including shirt, breeches, and boots...

Nicholas: A new infantry uniform designed personally by the Minister of War Sukhomlinov...I shall try it on for size.
ADC: Yes sir, will you be needing me your majesty.
Nicholas: No, thank you, I'm fine.

Nicholas is shown holding up the uniform, a pleased look on his face. The scene then shifts to the Tsar hiking alone in the new outfit. A shouldered rifle, cartridges, knapsack, and bedding roll accompany him as he sets out on his journey along the trials of the Crimea in southern Ukraine. The camera takes clips of the Tsar making his way alone across the countryside, covering twenty five miles in a nine hour journey. At one point Nicholas comes across a security check point...

Nicholas (walking up): Good evening.
Guard: Who goes there?
Nicholas: I was out for a hike. Thought I would get some fresh air. I'm staying with my family down the road a few miles away.
Guard: Well can you hike no longer in this direction.
Nicholas: Very well. I was wondering if you could tell me, there is a path leading east along the trail about a quarter of a mile down the road from where I came. Do you know where it leads?
Guard: No, no I do not...it is my job to guard these premises not to be a guide.
Nicholas: Yes, very well.
Guard: I must ask you to leave now. Go back the other direction and you won't get yourself into any trouble. We don't like strangers here.
Nicholas (pausing and smiling): Yes, I understand. You do your job well. I will leave you alone now and return. My family is probably wondering where I've run off to.
Guard (bruskly): Good bye.

Nicholas looking amused at not being recognized is shown turning and walking quickly back down the path from where he came. The scene cuts to him alone with Alexandra in their bedroom, having since changed into different attire and folding the uniform neatly...

Alexandra (seated on their bed): Quite a day Nicky. I don't believe the children realized you were to be gone so long. Alexei was quite disappointed and kept asking for his "Papa".
Nicholas: Time slipped away from me...I do apologize.
Alexandra: Well where did you go? Gone all day you silly man...
Nicholas: Just around. First time I've made that trek alone. Best exercise I've had in quite some time.
Alexandra: I should think. But you really should not be going anywhere alone darling.
Nicholas: Oh it's quite safe. I've known these paths since George and I with father used to hike them as boys...I even ran into a guard a few miles from here.
Alexandra: Oh?
Nicholas (chuckling): He didn't recognize me. I never knew a change in uniform could deceive so easily.
Alexandra (quizzically): What did he say?
Nicholas: He was a brusk fellow and ordered me to turn around. I have to say I rather enjoyed it...first time a man has ordered me to do anything since my father.
Alexandra: If he ever finds out that it was the Tsar he was speaking to he'll probably go pale with terror.
Nicholas (laughing): Yes I should think so. Better off he doesn't know.
Alexandra (noticing Nicholas flipping through a small booklet): What is that dear?
Nicholas: It's a soldiers identity booklet. I should have filled it out and carried it with me today to present to that guard don't you think?
Alexandra (moving over next to him): Why not fill it out now? This uniform will someday be worn by an infantryman, yes? Why not give some boy a thrill? A memento he'll cherish always from his great Tsar.
Nicholas (smiling): Yes, why not...splendid idea Sunny.

Nicholas takes a pen from a nearby desk and we are shown him filling out the main parts of the form; First name: Nicholas, Last name: Romanov, Home: Tsarskoe Selo, Service Completed: When I am in my grave...followed by his signature underneath. Scene then cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 05, 2012, 11:19:34 AM
Hm.

Perhaps build a bit on the encounter with the sentry. something like this?

Sentry: Halt! Who goes there?
nNcholas (forgetting that he's garbed as a private soldier): Ah, good afternoon. I'm out for a walk.
Sentry: Out for a walk? You are a lucky fellow. On leave, I suppose.
Nicholas: Yes, I'm staying not far away with my family.
Sentry:  Not like me, stuck at this blasted checkpoint and no leave in sight for the next six months. Where's your pay book?
Nicholas (realising the sentry hasn't recognised him) Paybook? I haven't got it with me.
Sentry: You can't go any further without showing me your pay book. The Tsar's at his palace here and we've been told to keep a special look-out for anarchists.  More than my life's worth to let you through. What's your name anyway?
Nicholas: Romanov

Note: In those days a soldier's pay book, in which the details of his pay were recorded, acted as an identity card.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 05, 2012, 03:17:27 PM
I have some errata:
posting 678 Alexandra and Rasputins June 1906 meeting. This most likely would have been in someones home that had electricity if it happened. Note Rasputin was a popular guest in people's homes and the salons of the period. Also Alexandra was a VERY proper Victorian wife and I don't think she was ever alone with Rasputin who was a married man. So I would say there would be at least one or more people in the room with those two. According to Buxoeveden bio of AF she did go on caridge rides with a driver, a lady in waiting or her daughters usually with a footman and a Cossack. It should also be pointed out that the country was still in turmoil at this time Nicholas could not go riding or shooting (hunting) for security reasons. Also note Nicholas went around with what we would call today Presidential level security especially after Bloody Sunday and I am sure the palace security types would be out in force when he saw Rasputin.
post 682 train roofs of the period were made of metal which is why they were so hot in the summertime. Also I think Fredricks was a Baron until shortly before WW I when Nicholas made him a Count.

post 671 I found some more info on Alexei's birth in "Alexandra the Last Tsarina" using Mouchanow as a source It has a looking glass falling in breaking and Alexandra suddenly going into labor. Nicholas walks in to have lunch with her and finds her birth process well advanced. When Alexei is born Dr Ott turns to nicholas and says "I congradulate your Majesty on the birth of a Tsarevich!" Alexandra who was cloroformed when she recovers notices the looks on everyones faces and says " Oh, it cannot be true. It cannot be true. Is it really a boy?"

I am going to put the RJ war on hold for awhile
Switzerland August 1904 Colonel Akashi in civilian clothes with an assistant walks into a coffeeshop and is taken by a man to a table in back and introduces them to V.I. Lenin
Lenin: stands and extends his hand which Akashi shakes all four men sit at the table.
Lenin: So someone from japan wants to talk to me.
Akashi: Madame Zasulitch and a number of other people we both know speak highly of you. The business I want to talk about will profit both of us.
Lenin: and what do you have in mind? (Camera goes to the clock and a few hours later it moves back to the table.)
Akashi: This has been a most productive meeting. You are someone I can do business with. Here (pulls a fat envelope out of his jacket pocket and slides it across the table to Lenin) is a downpayment.
Lenin picks up and opens the envelope finds it full of cash and smiles
Akashi: There will be more of this along with arms and explosives. later.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 05, 2012, 03:31:49 PM
Cute, I like it. You picked up on something I had thought about after posting..something missing. Wouldn't the guard/sentry (Massie refers to the man specifically as a 'security policeman') take notice of a man in uniform instead of treating him like a random passerby?

It's a scene worth building upon but I want to be a little bit careful. Massie claims the policeman roughly ordered Nicholas to leave the vicinity. That would make sense for a 'solider' without his ID/pay book I suppose but what happens after Nicholas reveals his true 'Romanov' identity? I'm guessing the man would either be shocked and then apologetic, or not believe him and become angry. If the latter, then would Nicholas have not taken some exception to it? If he makes a point of saying "Romanov" then clearly he wants the man to know that he's the Tsar and has the right to go where he pleases. Furthermore wouldn't the revealing of such also force the man to take a closer look at Nicholas...and then does it seem far fetched for him to believe that he was in fact in the presence of the Tsar? Surely he's seen many photographs at least, yes?

Always so many questions, lol. I like your changes though Ann, up until the last part.

P.S. Scenes such as these would be easier to create if Nicholas kept a diary that didn't read like a list of errands. I would have loved to know what exactly went down here and then recorded it accurately. Some people might be uncomfortable with the way we use our artistic license, and that's fair...but I often can guard myself with three words, "Blame.The.Tsar" :-)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 05, 2012, 03:56:30 PM
Terrific James and thank you for extending your errata to this. Some responses to your thoughts if I may...

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This most likely would have been in someones home that had electricity if it happened. Note Rasputin was a popular guest in people's homes and the salons of the period.

How about Vyrubova's house where they often met? I'm going to look a little bit deeper into this. I'm pretty certain they were somewhere but cannot figure out where exactly. Of course I think it's also fine to be intentionally vague here. for the sake of the viewers it really doesn't matter where they spoke...just that it's clear they didn't meet in the palace in this instance.

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Also Alexandra was a VERY proper Victorian wife and I don't think she was ever alone with Rasputin who was a married man. So I would say there would be at least one or more people in the room with those two.

Yeah this seems about right. I did show Rasputin as a little surprised when he entered the room to find no Tsar (or anyone else) awaiting him in addition to the Empress. But I'm thinking it best to restructure the scene showing Nicholas in the room. I wouldn't think Alexandra would reveal such a family secret, Alexei's illness, to Rasputin or anyone in the presence of anyone but her husband. I'll make sure to keep Nicholas quiet here...perhaps him pacing around the room in relative silence. He never could stand to be near Alexei when the boy was suffering from attacks, so perhaps even a conversation of his hemophilia would be enough for the Tsar to withdraw emotionally.

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According to Buxoeveden bio of AF she did go on caridge rides with a driver, a lady in waiting or her daughters usually with a footman and a Cossack. It should also be pointed out that the country was still in turmoil at this time Nicholas could not go riding or shooting (hunting) for security reasons. Also note Nicholas went around with what we would call today Presidential level security especially after Bloody Sunday and I am sure the palace security types would be out in force when he saw Rasputin.

Excellent information, thank you!

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post 682 train roofs of the period were made of metal which is why they were so hot in the summertime. Also I think Fredricks was a Baron until shortly before WW I when Nicholas made him a Count.

Indeed I was aware of the roofs. Basically why I showed the scene of the hot and uncomfortable Fredericks in the first place. Thank you for the correction on his title however. He must have at least been a 'Count' by July 22, 1914. Paleologue mentioned him as such in his diary entry from that day. This of course fits in with the time period you had referred to.

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post 671 I found some more info on Alexei's birth in "Alexandra the Last Tsarina" using Mouchanow as a source It has a looking glass falling in breaking and Alexandra suddenly going into labor. Nicholas walks in to have lunch with her and finds her birth process well advanced. When Alexei is born Dr Ott turns to nicholas and says "I congradulate your Majesty on the birth of a Tsarevich!" Alexandra who was cloroformed when she recovers notices the looks on everyones faces and says " Oh, it cannot be true. It cannot be true. Is it really a boy?"

Interesting. I was leaving most of the Alexei birth stuff to you, Ann and others who had started piecing some things together a while back. This is very useful information. Again, thank you!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 06, 2012, 04:23:02 AM
There is a tale in one of the Kaiser's biographies that early in his reign a sentry at Potsdam failed to recognise him and wouldn't let him back into the New Palace when he went out for a walk with the Kaiserin (and compounded the error by addressing him as Herr Leutnant - presumably the Kaiser was wearing a greatcoat without insignia).
 
Romanov is not an uncommon Russian name (more common than Windsor here) so the sentry still might not twig.

You can certainly cook something up.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 06, 2012, 10:14:25 AM
Interesting and rather amusing, thanks for that Ann. How about something along the lines of this. Short and simple...

Nicholas: Romanov
Policeman: Romanov eh? I suppose you wish me to believe you are the Tsar himself!
Nicholas (slight grin): No, I suppose it's just a coincidence.
Policeman: Well, no paybook no passage. Are we clear soldier?
Nicholas: Very much so. You do your job quite well. The Tsar and his family should feel lucky to be in the safe hands of such a capable fellow.
Policeman: Yes, well...good bye now (turning his back to Nicholas)
Nicholas (nodding): And to you as well.

Nicholas turns and heads back down the path from whence he came. As he moves along at the quick pace of a hiker the policeman looks back over his shoulder...the expression on his face reads of someone equally confused and suspicious. Scene fades and cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 06, 2012, 10:33:56 AM
Sounds fine. The only point I would make is that addressing a soldier as 'soldier' is very American and grates on an English ear. How about 'Are we clear, Private Romanov?', with a slight emphasis on 'Private'?

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 06, 2012, 11:15:19 AM
I wonder if that sentry ever found out just whom he was talking to.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 06, 2012, 07:00:53 PM
October, 1906 - Alexander Palace, St. Petersburg

Nicholas is shown meeting with Deputy Police Director of the Okhrana Pyotr Rachkovsky, and Alexander Ivanovitch Spiridovitch, Chief of the Personal Secret Guard to the Emperor...

Rachkovsky: General Trepov has been sorely missed this past month, and will continue to be.
Nicholas: Yes, indeed, I feel his loss. It's been a brutal couple of years gentleman. I grow weary from the unceasing violence and attacks.
Spiridovitch: As do we all your majesty. I of course have the scars to prove it.
Rachkovsky: And we are making headway your majesty. No one is more dedicated to your protection and to the elimination of these revolutionary factions than the two men who sit before you here.
Nicholas (pausing): Yes, I must extend my gratitude to you gentleman. The Imperial Family has never been safer and I continue to read reports of arrests.
Spiridovitch: I'm humbled and honored your majesty.
Rachkovsky: Yes, thank you for your kind words sire.
Nicholas (getting up to pace around the room): I know of the Empress's displeasure with you. Don't think that I am unaware of how it must weigh on your minds. I was foolish to dismiss you before Rachkovsky...and while my wife seems to think the added protection you have provided Spiridovitch to be a bother, or at least more than what is necessary, I know better. We all do.
Spiridovitch: Again I think I speak for both of us when we thank you for the confidence you entrust in us...I wanted to leave you with a brief report on what Mr. Rachkovsky handed to me earlier today. We have been keeping surveillance on this Grigory Rasputin fellow that you asked us to look into a while ago.
Nicholas (excitedly): Yes I was sent a petition letter from Archbishop Medved just this morning. He asks that I receive the holy man, and that he has gift for us brought from his travels in Siberia. What news of him?
Rachkovsky: Very little to raise an eyebrow over your majesty. Rather vague past but a regular mystic and holy man, of which there are many in St. Petersburg these days.
Nicholas: The Empress is quite taken with him. He has impressed us and we both hear great things, but I've remained cautious.
Spiridovitch: Well I think both you and the Empress will be pleased with our report then. The word on the street is little more than that of a peasant with some small attraction to their majesties.
Rachkovsky: He conducts evening services in the same small church the Empress is a patroness of. Between Old Peterhof and Sergeivka.
Spiridovitch (placing the report back on the table in front of him): Yes, he is a simple man. His life seems to consist of basic daily routine. He is shuttled regularly between Sergeivka and Znamenka. Our report concludes that he poses little to no threat to either the Imperial Family personally, or to the prestige of dynasty.
Nicholas (looking pleased): Thank you for that report gentleman. I have relatives who have vouched for him. The Bishop Theophane as well. I shall inform the archbishop to summon him immediately.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 06, 2012, 07:01:44 PM
Next scene shows Grigory Rasputin being driven up to and through the gates of Alexander Palace riding as a single passenger in the back of an automobile. The car stops near an entrance way and the Starets is received by Baron Fredericks...

Fredericks (nodding his head): Greetings, Father Grigory.
Rasputin (eyes wandering about as though to take in his surroundings): Hello.
Fredericks: I trust you found your transportation here suitable.
Rasputin: Yes, thank you.

The two men are shown walking towards the door entering a room. Along the path they're travelling they are met by Anna Vyrubova. Excited to see Rasputin she greets him affectionately and bows low...

Anna Vyrubova: Father Grigory! So well of you to come here. We are all delighted!
Rasputin (bowing his head): Hello Lady Anna.
Anna Vyrubova: It's through here, please follow (the three of them walk behind the Baron). The Tsar and Empress are already awaiting your arrival with the girls.
Fredericks (moments later, opening the door): Your majesties, Father Grigory Rasputin.

Alexandra and Nicholas are shown seconds earlier seated and surrounded by each of their four daughters and two nanny's standing nearby. The girls and their parents are all giggling in what appears to be a game or series of jokes exchanged. Upon hearing the Baron's announcement they stand immediately and turn their attention towards their visitor...

Rasputin: Your majesties, I am honored to see you again.
Nicholas (stepping forward and shaking his hand): As are we Father Grigory. Your travel here went well I trust?
Rasputin: Yes I was happy to receive your note. It has been long since our last visit.
Nicholas: Indeed it has.
Alexandra (cutting in): Father, thank you. We were anxious to summon you here again.
Rasputin: Of course matushka.
Alexandra: I've asked Anna to join us. I hoped you wouldn't mind?
Rasputin: Not at all. The lady and I have become friends.
Alexandra (turning her attention to her children in mild disgust): Ugh, Anastasia quiet your mouth! We have an important visitor. I hear your giggling. And Olga, stand up straight and look like a lady!
Nicholas: On that note, Father Grigory might I introduce you to my daughters...

Rasputin comes closer to greet and shakes hands with each one of the Grand Duchess. They are lined up in a row from left right in order of age by their nannies...

Nicholas: My eldest daughter Olga.
Olga: How do you do?
Nicholas: Tatiana.
Tatiana: Pleased to meet you.
Nicholas: Marie.
Marie: Hello Father Grigory.
Nicholas: And our youngest, Anastasia.
Anastasia: Hi.

Rasputin bows low to receive each Grand Duchess and holds their hands with both of his. He leans in closer to Anastasia...

Rasputin: Anastasia. I heard you giggle too. Is it because I look strange to you?
Anastasia (biting her nail as though mildly embarrassed): No.
Rasputin (smiling, on a knee and looking around at each of their faces): It is alright to say. I look very strange to most people. You children are all very young and beautiful...I am a scruffy old man.

Each of the girls giggle some more. We next are shown Rasputin seated across from Vyrubova, herself seated on a large sofa next to the Grand Duchesses. To his right sit Nicholas and Alexandra each in a separate chair...

Alexander (admiring an icon given to them as a gift): It's very beautiful Father Grigory. I thank you for it.
Rasputin: Yes matushka. St. Simeon was a nobleman who helped feed the poor. He too was poor for a time. He guided the local people towards faith and Christ. He still cures the sick of the body and soul, even after his death. That icon will bring you good luck and blessings your majesties.
Nicholas: I don't doubt it.
Rasputin (turning towards the Grand Duchesses): Children, would you like to hear of when I was a young boy, and stories of my journeys?

The girls respond 'yes' collectively albeit hesitantly and Rasputin moves in closer to them...

Olga: Why do you call mama Matushka?
Rasputin: You're a curious one I can tell. I like children. I have three of my own you know. They are all about your age.
Olga: What does it mean?
Rasputin: Matuska is 'mother'. Your mama is the mother of Russia, and your papa is the father. All of Russia is part of them and they are part of all of Russia. Everything. Just as God commands it to be. Do you understand, Olga?
Olga (nodding 'yes') / Tatiana: What are the names of your children?
Rasputin: My son Dmitri is nine, he is the oldest. Varvara is six. And my middle child Maria is, oh, about the same age as you Maria Nikolaevna.
Marie: Does she look like me?
Rasputin: Yes, a bit she does my dear.
Tatiana: Do you have a photograph of them we may see?
Rasputin: I have nothing on me. Holy men like me carry nothing but crosses and icons and food.
Olga: You should take a picture to send to us. We should like to see your children.
Tatiana: Yes, I really want to see the one that looks like Marie.
Rasputin (amused): Instead of sending you one by the mail, I shall carry pictures to show you for the next time I see you. Would you like that dear children? (yes, collectively)
Rasputin: Now I tell you a little story. Where I grew was very very different from here, you see. Not a palace in St. Petersburg, but a small village in Siberia I called home. When I was boy my father taught me how to ride a horse, like all the other older boys. One day...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 06, 2012, 07:02:01 PM
Rasputin continues on with his story as the camera pulls away to show the children and Anna huddled closely around and listening intently. His words fade out and we are shifted to another scene, this time Rasputin is being led by the Tsar and Empress into the bedroom of their two year old son Alexei...

Rasputin (quietly): May I pray over him now?
Alexandra: Please. He has been ill since the day before last.

Rasputin approaches the bedside of the young Tsarevich while Nicholas and Alexandra are shown standing behind him. The Tsar with of a look of concern on his face, the Empress wide eyed but confident. The starets leans over and down, taking a knee, his eye level nearly even with the sprawled out Alexei. The boy is initially heard quietly sobbing, but after turning his head to see the bizarre looking peasant he goes silent as his eyes grown wide...

Rasputin (whispering): Hello little one, hello...I am Grigory. Is your name Alexei?

Through tears and sniffles the child nods his head up and down...

Rasputin: Your mama and papa said I should see you Alexei. They say you don't feel good...does it hurt Alexei, does it hurt?

Alexei nods his head once more...

Rasputin (shaking his head): It won't hurt anymore. I am here to help, I am a friend...I met your sisters. We laughed. They like me very much. But mama and papa said I must see their little boy before I go.

Alexei looks calm yet exhausted. He lifts his right hand and points to Rasputin's beard...

Alexei (pointing): Dat?
Rasputin (looking down then smiling): Oh? You like this? It's my beard. It's very long isn't it?
Alexei: Why?
Rasputin: Why? A lot of men have them. I look like the holy men you see...would you like to touch it?

Rasputin leans in and pushes up his beard with his hand...

Rasputin: There it is...go on, grab a chunk of it!

Alexei grabs part of the beard...

Rasputin: Now pull! (Alexei pulls on the hair). You see it's sown to my chin. It won't come off unless you pull very hard.

Alexei giggles and tries to pull harder as Rasputin makes a silly face. Nicholas is shown stepping around to the foot of the bed to get a closer look at the exchange. Rasputin looks at the Tsar from the corner of his eye but is unable to turn his head completely while Alexei continues to grasp hold his beard...

Rasputin: Ohhh look, there's papa. Does he look very angry with us Alexei?
Alexei (giggling): No.
Rasputin: Well does he look very happy?
Alexei (shaking his head from side to side): Mmm Mmm
Rasputin: I don't think so either. We like papa better when he is happy don't we?
Alexei: Yes

Nicholas slowly starts grinning as Alexandra walks up next to him, smiling as well...

Rasputin: Oh! Look at what we did. Now both papa and mama are happy! Lets clap for them.

Alexei releases his grip on Rasputin's beard and starts imitating him and his soft clapping as the Tsar and Empress continue to look on in approval...

Rasputin: Everything is well now. Everyone is happy...Now Alexei, it is very late. A boy like you must rest so he is strong and healthy in the morning.
Alexei (pouting): No I want play. Play now!
Rasputin (taking the boy by his hand): But we will play. We will play again. We will play with your mama and papa and your sisters. We will dance among the fields and under the sun, and do as God wishes us to...close your eyes now Alexei, close your eyes my child and be very still. Now you sleep and tomorrow you'll be well, and we will play again. Close your eyes and hear my voice. (whispering) Hear my voice.

Alexei begins to drift into sleep. His eyes close and Rasputin shuts his as well, then crosses himself. Nicholas and Alexandra follow suit and listen in as Rasputin leans back on both knees and begins whispering a prayer over their ill child. They grasp on another's arms, bow their heads and looks towards one another briefly with gentle smiles of assurance. The scene fades out...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 07, 2012, 01:56:14 PM
The battle of Liaoyang Part II
30 august the Japanese attack the inner Russian defense line around Liaoyang and are met with a haile of Russian rifle, Machine gun and artillery fire that night 2 japanese staff officers discuss the days events.
Officer 1: This has been a terrible day! All of the attacks by the 2nd and 4th armies have either failed or made slight gains.
Officer 2: No word from the 1st army over to the east on how well they did this day. If the Russians counterattack in force our army could be destroyed. I am almost glad it is pouring with rain out. It helps conceal from the Russians how weak our postion is.

31 August The japanese 2nd and 4th armies attack again and make some gains. That night the same two staff officers disscuss the days events:
Officer 1: The battle continues we made some gains. Field Marshall Oyama has commited our last reserve the 4th Division. lets hope the Russians don't do anything unexpected or we are lost.
Officer 2: You are right. Adding to our problems we have still recieved no word from the 1st army on how well they are doing.

1 September The Japanese 2nd and 4th armies continue to advance slowly and contact is regained from the 1st army
Officer 1: Come here! we have finely regained contact with the 1st army to the east. They have flanked the Russian line and are here (points to map)
Officer 2: Excellent! even though the 2nd and 4th armies are pretty much bogged down in fighting through the Russian lines. It appears with their line flanked like this they will have to withdraw because there supply line is threaten. It looks like we are going to win this battle.

2 september 2 Russian staff officers are discussing the days events:
Officer 1: General Kuropatkin has ordered a counterattack against the Japanese force that has turned our flank to the East. Meanwhile the rest of our army will hold the enemy attacks in front of Liaoyang. (points to positions on map)
Officer 2: This looks like a good plan. Where did is his chief of staff? shouldn't he be around to help plan this attack?
Officer 1: He just married his mistress and is off on a honeymoon. Not that he did a whole lot of work while he was around.
A that same time Russian soldiers are blundering through 9+ foot tall millet trying to find where the Japanese are. Suddenly they sumble into a clearing and come under heavy fire from the Japanese. they turn around and flee other russian soldiers panic and start fire at there own side in the thick millet.

3 September morning the same 2 Russian staff officer are discussing yesterdays attacks
Officer 1: Oh my god what a mess! Yesterday many of troops got lost in the high millet. in part do to the fact we don't have any decent maps of this area. And all our attacks appear to have failed!
Officer 2: To make things worst it seems many our casualties were do to our own men shooting each other by mistake! Many of the units involved are in such disorder they are currently unfir for either attack or defense. What are we to do!?
Duddenly another officer runs up to them breathless stops and says to them: I have an important message, General Kuropatkin has ordered a retreat! we need to get orders out to all the units right now!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 07, 2012, 03:31:41 PM
Back in St Petersburg at an officer's club 2 officers are having a discussion:
Officer 1: Do you remember that soldier who commited suicide by throwing himself in front of a train? (flashback to the posting i made some weeks ago where a soldier does commit suicide this way)
Officer 2: I believe i read something about it in the newspapers. what about it? While not rare consripts do kill themselves.
Officer 1: true but not in such a public manner.
Officer 2: You mean someone may have put it?
Officer 1: possibly, there are revolutionary groups like the Bolsheviks, the Menshviks, and the Socialist-revolutionaries who are spreading anit-war and anti-goverment propaganda among our soldiers. they supposedly even have cells in a number of units and give lectures to the men on these subjects. I have managed to get hold of this SR propaganda leaflet (hands leaflet to other officer)
Officer 2: (reads leaflet0 Address to the officers of the russian army: The most dangerous enemy of the russian people is the present goverment ect ect. Interesting  but i don't think this is anything to worry about. the bulk of the army is still loyal to the Tsar and while we have lost a few battles in Manchuria as soon as we get enough men there we will drive the japanese into the sea. as for these antiwar protestors and revolutionaries  they are just a few malcontents who are nothing to worry about. You need to calm down. Let me get you a drink.
Officer 1: i hope you are right. So far this war has been a disaster for Russia. one defeat after another. Who would have thought it?


More from Buxhoeven chapter 12 she  has Alexandra and her daughters out one day on a carrige ride with only the driver when they were hit by a cyclist and the carrige overturns in a ditch. Alexandra and her daughters get the driver back on his feet and then while Alexandra holds the horses her daughters, the driver and the cyclist pull the carrige out of the ditch. I wonder when the cyclist  realised who he ran into and was there any fall out for him.  No doubt the Palace security people when they found out about this must have really upset.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 07, 2012, 04:40:57 PM
Good stuff James. That story over the carriage accident is interesting as well.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 07, 2012, 04:52:31 PM
Since it was an accident, I'm sure nothing bad happened to the cyclist.  There would have been an investigation, but maybe that's as far as it went.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 09, 2012, 10:05:46 PM
Next is a brief scene designed to provide the viewer a look at the Russian Orthodox Easter. It's intended to be almost exclusively visual so very little dialogue is included.

Easter, 1909 - Russian Empire

Easter, the holiest holiday on the Russian Orthodox calendar is depicted next. We are shown scenes of common Russians throughout the countryside in preparation for the holiday during 'Holy Week'. Included within these several scenes are images of the following...

- Orthodox priests conducting services and reminding worshippers about the final moments of Christ's life on Earth.
- The Twelve gospels are shown being read by a priest in a small church within a peasant village, while worshippers stand in attendance with lit candles.
- Elsewhere we are shown various clips of Russians quietly cleaning their homes, painting eggs, and tasting stews on 'Pure Thursday' in preparation for a three day period of rest.
- Inside of homes we see silver and gold submerged into water in the hope that their owners will receive future riches. Women meanwhile are shown cutting tips from their braids in the expectation of their hair growing back long and thick.
- Prayer sessions, ears streaming down he cheeks of men, women and children alike and the warm embrace of strangers are shown in the streets of the Russian cities, towns and villages.
- On Easter Eve a procession of Russian workers are then shown surrounding their church holding candles and greeting one another warmly...


Man: Khristos Voskres
Woman: Voistinu Voskres!
Girl: Khristos Voskres
Boy: Voinstinu Voskres!

The night of Sunday shows the culmination of the Easter celebration, with the midnight service, the procession around the church with burning candles, and the joyous Morning Prayer and Communion service bringing people together in a spiritual joy...

The scene shifts then depicting an Easter Mass taking place inside of a local cathedral in St. Petersburg. A private ceremony is held for the imperial family and several members are shown including the Tsar, Empress, their daughters (Alexei not shown), Dowager Empress, several other grand dukes, their wives and children. A liturgy is given and priests change their vestments from black to white and bless eggs, pashka and kulich signifying the end of the Great Lent. Nicholas, Alexandra and Marie Feoderovna stand out front of the crowd, full of family members, holding holy icons. They then receive bread and wine and and embrace each other with more greetings of 'Khristos Voskres' and 'Voinstinu Voskres'. Nicholas and Alexandra are then shown triple kissing and picking up and exchanging beautiful Imperial Faberge Eggs. The 'Resurrection Egg' that the Empress receives is beautiful gold laced, enamel, rockcrystal and jeweled object that she admires greatly. Everyone turns their attention back to the priest, kneels, closing their eyes and bowing their heads in prayer as the scene fades out and cuts away.


Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 10, 2012, 11:01:56 AM
A nice look at Russia in general back then.
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Post by: Alixz on December 11, 2012, 08:10:33 AM
Hi guys, I still observe and I still have to remind you not to fall into current English slang and colloquialisms..

It was a few pages ago, but Nicholas saying "Well sure"?    Maybe "of course" would be better.

I am not crazy about reading long pages on line. I still like to "curl up with a good book" not "sit up with a good computer screen", but you do need someone to edit for language.

Then you need someone to edit for content and length as well as adverbs and adjectives. And in the end historical accuracy and time live validity.
Lots of work.

Just saying....
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 11, 2012, 10:43:43 AM
Thanks for the input Alixz and for keeping up with this. Indeed there is much to do before this project even has a chance of seeing the light of day. Some thoughts on the process, see if you agree. Plenty of published authors on here I could probably run this by as well (although I realize this is a bit different)...

- Step one: The first draft that we are in the process of creating, and are nowheres near done that.
- Step two: I go back over with a fine toothed comb and do my best to edit the things that I know to be incorrect...spelling/grammar/obvious continuity flaws, etc. Additionally I'll rewrite portions of scenes based on the helpful comments received on here as we have been going along.
- Step three: Would then be to find someone (and hopefully more than one person) who is willing to sit down with this and edit all of the necessary things you mention. While doing that I'll ask for recommendations on what is worth cutting out of the story completely and what essential pieces may be missing.
- Step four: Taking all of those changes and creating a second draft.
- Step five: Running the rewrite/changes by the editor/s and seeking approval. Final tweaking will likely be necessary
- Step six: Final draft and submission.

Only about two-thirds, at most, of the way through 'step one' here, although this I would think is easily the most involved portion of the project.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 11, 2012, 11:27:03 AM
Alright moving on now. Here is a continuation of a short scene put together from Ann a while back. I realize I'm jumping ahead quit a bit here but it still falls within that relative lull period beginning in the latter half of 1907 and through 1912 (not including 'Spala').


September, 1912 – Berlin, Germany

For the next scene we catch up with Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich and his fiancé Natalia Brasova. They have been traveling together abroad on a holiday vacation. The couple have been together for quite some time by now and aim to finally marry one another despite having been specifically forbidden to do so by the disapproving Imperial Family. In a hotel room we are shown Mikhail and Natalia packing up their belongings in preparation for departing from Berlin…

Natalia: Darling please hand me those walking shoes would you please?
Mikhail (handing them over): Yes, certainly.
Natalia (finishing up her packing): And I think that is all. I’ll have another look around before we go but I do believe that to be the last of it.
Mikhail: The staff is preparing to depart soon as we leave by automobile. If all goes to plan the Okhrana agents will follow them to Cannes.
Natalia: And we will be alone at last. Free of their surveillance! I cannot wait my darling.
Mikhail (sitting at the foot of their bed and holding each other in a warm embrace): I should apologize to you for all of this insanity. You deserve better. You deserve a wedding in Russia. A rapturous affair attended by the entire court. The sort of wedding the wife of a Grand Duke is accustomed to.
Natalia: Oh hush now. I understand that it cannot be done. And it won’t change the way I feel about you. The place is not what matters. I’ve gone through this twice already you know…it’s the person that matters. And I love you Mikhail Alexandrovich!

Mikhail and Natalia are shown kissing one another as the scene cuts away. The couple are then shown waving to a loyal member of the Grand Duke’s staff and then discreetly driving off down a road along the rear of the hotel. Scene then cuts to their wedding day inside the Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Sava. They stand along side of each other and receive a blessing from Father Misitsch. Behind them holding flowers is their two year old son George, assisted by a nanny, and daughter Natalia Mamontova from Natalia’s first marriage...

We then shift back to Tsarskeo Selo. Alexandra is seated and Nicholas is pacing back and forth as they are accompanied by Major-General of Gendarmes A.V. Gerasimov. The Major-General has just finished reading a report of his surveillance investigation into the affairs and subsequent wedding of Grand Duke Mikail and his new bride Natalia. The Empress, nearly in tears, has a stricken look on her face. The Tsar meanwhile appears equal parts mortified and enraged by his younger brother's actions...

Gerasimov: I of course am here not only to deliver your that final report your majesties, but to apologize. While the Okhrana was successful in much of their surveillance of the Grand Duke, it seems we were ineffective in our attempts to avert his marriage.
Alexandra: It is appalling how easily the Okhrana could be deceived. The Grand Duke is not a clever man. I should hate to think that enemies of the state are as effective in eluding detection as members of the imperial family.
Gerasimov: Yes…of course you are correct and rightly concerned your majesty. But I promise you we are…
Nicholas (interrupting): Oh never mind it. The Grand Duke was determined to marry this woman and so it happened. We could have delayed things a bit longer, but in the end he wasn’t to be stopped from completing this atrocious act…now Mister Major-General will you excuse us? The Empress and I should like to speak alone for a moment.
Gerasimov (bowing and then exiting the room): Of course your majesties.
Alexandra: You must be firm with him Nicky. Anything less will be viewed as a sign of weakness.
Nicholas (pausing briefly as though collecting his thoughts): I spoke with mother prior to the arrival of the Major-General. She says Mikhail’s actions are unspeakably awful in every way.
Alexandra: She's right Nicky.
Nicholas: Perhaps I’ve pushed him too hard. I don’t know. Mikhail is my brother…my only brother. It was especially hard for him when George died. Nothing has been the same since. Perhaps it is time for me to come around to the fact that he and Natalia have been together for quite some time now.
Alexandra (after a pause): Nicky this woman is a commoner. Mikhail must be mad to think this marriage could be acceptable. It should be of no consequence that they have given birth to a child together or how long they’ve been a couple.
Nicholas: Is it wrong…yes. But what is to happen next? My brother, Sunny. Regent to Alexei. How can I possibly turn my back to him?
Alexandra: He has always wanted what he knew he could not have. His first cousin Princess Beatrice. Then Dina Kossikovskaya, a commoner herself. Your mother took him away to Denmark to straighten him out, but still he remained incorrigible…
Nicholas (cutting in): Princess Patricia was favored by mother, but Mikhail could not be convinced to pursue her.
Alexandra: And now Mrs. Wulfert. Twice divorced.
Nicholas: And I suppose he has gone to great measures to be deceitful in the past.
Alexandra: Yes. As if giving birth to a child out of wedlock weren’t dreadful enough, he tried to convince the world that Natalia’s divorce was finalized beforehand…(standing up and walking over to her husband) You acknowledged that child. You then allowed Natalia to move from Moscow to Brasova. Nicky darling there is no reason for guilt. I beg of you not to let your feelings for him stand in the way of your duty.
Nicholas (growing angry and raising his voice): I’m too angry for such thoughts. My son lies ill and now this! My own flesh and blood taking himself out of line of succession. Damn cowardice!
Alexandra: He fooled us all, even the Okhrana. And he has betrayed the dynasty, and our trust.
Nicholas: Then I think it only suitable to take great measures to make an example of Mikhail. A warning to the rest of the family. This behavior cannot be tolerated any longer. I should relieve him of his command, seize control of his estates, and remove him from the regency.
Alexandra: Very well darling.
Nicholas (walking over and looking out a window with tears in his eyes): I suppose only one question then remains.
Alexandra (standing several feet behind him): And what is that?
Nicholas: Banishment from Russia. Shall he be, or shall he not be?
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 11, 2012, 11:27:31 AM
Scene cuts away and we are taken back to Cannes and a room in a large estate where Mikhail and Natalia are nervously awaiting the arrival of an aide-de-camp with news from Russia. The Grand Duke had sent his mother and brother Nicholas each letters days earlier informing them of his marriage and apologizing for any hardships it might create for the imperial family. After a few moments a knock on the door and a doorman lets the ADC enter…

ADC (taking off his gloves and then greeting the Grand Duke with a bow): Your highness.
Mikhail: Good evening…my wife Natalia Brasovo.
Natalia: How do you do?

The ADC gives a slight and emotionless nod in her direction…

ADC: Your highness as you are aware I’ve been summoned to meet and speak with you at the urging of his imperial majesty.
Mikhail: Yes, what news of my brother and family?
ADC: There is little to share. His imperial majesty has decreed that you are prohibited from returning to Russia until further consideration. In the meantime you are to be relieved of your titles and military command, and removed from the regency. I also regret to inform you that the Tsar has frozen all assets in your name and seized your estates. From these however he is prepared to issue you a generous monthly allowance while you live abroad.

The Grand Duke slumps back into his chair, a clear look of depressions sweeps across his face. Standing a few feet away Natalia uses a handkerchief to wipe away her tears...

Mikhail (after a long pause): So…I hear the weather in St. Petersburg is turning cold and dreary (smiling through his tears).
ADC: Your highness before I depart there is some paperwork I am required to go over and have you sign.
Mikhail (Natalia comes over to take him by the hand): Well it seems I am little more than common criminal living in exile. A well paid one at least…and with a loving wife and children at my side. Please go on. I’m at your service Mister…?
ADC: Bobrovsky your highness.
Mikhail: Bobrovsky. Very well. Natalia darling can you ring for some tea?

The ADC takes a seat in a chair across from the Grand Duke and lies some paperwork down on a table as Natalia exits the room. The scene fades out and cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 11, 2012, 11:56:09 AM
The ironic thing is that the average filmgoer is not going to care about slang's, it will probably go right over their heads.  If the audience can buy Brad Pitt as Achilles (in Troy), they'll buy the occasional modern slang or two.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 11, 2012, 01:56:41 PM
The ironic thing is that the average filmgoer is not going to care about slang's, it will probably go right over their heads.  If the audience can buy Brad Pitt as Achilles (in Troy), they'll buy the occasional modern slang or two.

I don't disagree, but I think there is a happy medium. Authenticity is important and I'm not on board with the idea that it shouldn't stand in the way of entertainment. Some liberties need to be taken and of course the language needs to be understandable. But that's not a license to create some sort of 2012 version of the characters.

Someone can do that, and perhaps sell their script...but it ain't gonna be me. I have too much respect for the people, events, places and time period.
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Post by: Vecchiolarry on December 11, 2012, 06:14:17 PM
Hi Tim,

Well you gave me my laugh of the day - "Brad Pitt as Achilles"!!!!!!

Now come the big problem - who will play these roles that are being created here?

Larry
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 11, 2012, 08:55:06 PM
Larry, that couldn't be less of a concern to me right now than if we weren't creating this at all.

But I'll join you in the fun of thinking about it. Do we go for the home run with Nicholas and Alexandra and pick well know established "movie stars" to help promote the project, or do we replicate the mindset from the 1971 film and pick two relative unknowns (at least to American audiences).

The supporting crew will be a mix of unknowns, a few "hey I know that person from ________ " and maybe the occasional Laurence Olivier star. As a tribute to Lord Olivier I almost feel like we should have someone noteworthy to play Sergei Witte.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on December 12, 2012, 10:20:21 AM
edubs, I know what you are saying about all the steps it takes. However, I always feel that the more attendion is paid to phrasing and grammar and slang in the beginning, then the fewer changes have to be made later. Saves a lot of work later on when the big editing begins.
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Post by: TimM on December 13, 2012, 12:11:17 PM
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Well you gave me my laugh of the day - "Brad Pitt as Achilles"!!!!!!


You do know that this is not a joke.  He did play Achilles in the 2004 movie, Troy.

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Post by: Vecchiolarry on December 13, 2012, 02:06:14 PM
Hi Tim,

Yes, I do know Brad Pitt played Achilles.  And, that's the joke for me - actually BP playing anything is a laugh!!

Larry
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Post by: edubs31 on December 13, 2012, 02:22:44 PM
Hi Tim,

Yes, I do know Brad Pitt played Achilles.  And, that's the joke for me - actually BP playing anything is a laugh!!

Larry

"Moneyball", "Ocean's Eleven", "Fight Club", "Seven", "Inglorious Basterds", "Benjamin Button". Not a fan of him in anything?

That's too bad because I was seriously considering him for the role of 'Nicholas' :-)
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Post by: Alixz on December 13, 2012, 05:57:25 PM
lol   :-)
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Post by: TimM on December 13, 2012, 06:32:34 PM
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That's too bad because I was seriously considering him for the role of 'Nicholas' :-)

And Angelina Jolie can be Alexandra :)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 13, 2012, 07:18:21 PM
All I know is that somehow someway Keira Knighley and Helen Mirren will have to make an appearance in this. It's an historical piece so it's inevitable and unavoidable.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on December 14, 2012, 07:33:52 AM
Don't Angie and Brad have enough kids to play OTMAA?  Keep it in the family.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Vecchiolarry on December 14, 2012, 10:03:31 AM
Hi,

My dears, it's your movie and you can cast whomever you want - and I will not protest....

Truth to tell, I'm really not up on the current crop of celebrities (they're all of a sameness to me);  but Helen Mirren as The Dowager Empress would meet my approval!!!

Let the casting begin.......

Larry
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Post by: edubs31 on December 14, 2012, 11:22:29 AM
Alright I'm going to have some fun with this as well since I'm sort of in a 'gathering research' period here with regards to writing. Enjoy!

Alexandra Feoderovna - Cate Blanchett or Joan Allen
Mathilde Kschessinska - Michelle Williams
Maria Feoderovna - Helen Mirren
Tatiana Nikolaevna - Keira Knightley
Count Sergei Witte - Jim Broadbent
Count Fredericks - Sean Connery
Alexander Kerensky - Javier Bardem
Olga Alexandrovna - Juliette Binoche
Lloyd George - Christopher Plummer
Sir George Buchanan - Ian McKellan
Leon Trotsky - Benicio Del Torro
Elisabeth Feoderovna - Julianne Moore
Vladimir Lenin - Leonardo DiCaprio
Dmitri Pavlovich / Felix Yusupov - Ralph Fiennes (if he were a decade or two younger)
(Grand Duchess?) - Helen Bonham Carter
(Bolshevik Revolutionary?) - Viggo Mortensen
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Vecchiolarry on December 14, 2012, 11:56:56 AM
Hi,

Interesting choices;  I have no problems with these, although I prefer Joan Allen....

Just this morning Ewan McGregor appeared on TV and I would select him for Nicholas II.
And, I just had a scathingly brilliant idea for Aunt Meichan - - Meryl Streep???  OK, feel free to tell me I'm nuts!!  It's OK.....

Larry
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Post by: amelia on December 14, 2012, 12:00:37 PM
I agree with you Erik, but I do not like Leonardo di Caprio as Lenin.  Amelia
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 14, 2012, 12:09:54 PM
Leo was totally my wild card candidate. But he's really coming along as an actor and just did a good job in J. Edgar.

Larry) Not a bad thought but Streep really looks nothing, and I mean nothing like MP. On the other hand I could picture McGregor. I worry about the voice and the babyface a little, but could envision it I suppose.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 14, 2012, 10:34:23 PM
Alright, moving along...

August, 1908 - Alexander Palace

Next scene involves the Bosnian Crisis. Meeting with the Tsar the Imperial Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Izlovsky sits down his plump figure into a chair and begins discussing the affairs of state with subtle confidence...

Izlovsky: The war with the Japanese was a fiasco, but the great disaster is what happened to the banks of our country by the rising tide of revolution. I am determined to deliver Russia a decade of peace. Through peace will come stability, and through stability will come prosperity.
Nicholas: I'm sure I don't need to tell you that you have your critics Mister Foreign Minister. Men I meet with often. Some tell me we should launch an offensive against Japan and advance into Afghanistan.
Izlovsky: I'm quite aware your majesty. But I have my allies as well...Stolypin, Kokovtsov...England.
Nicholas (nodding): Yes you do.
Izlovsky: Of course the issue of pressing concern sire is the situation involving Boznia-Herzegovina.
Nicholas: This proposed annexation?
Izlovsky: It is an inevitability your majesty. But not one that cannot be delayed.
Nicholas: Yes, I understand. Relations between Austria-Hungary and the Serbs have been deteriorating for quite some time now.
Izlovsky: With your blessing sire I wish to meet, in secret, with the Baron Alois Lexa von Aehrenthal.
Nicholas (getting up from a seated position and pacing around the room): You wish to broker an agreement...and in return they will open the Straits to us?
Izlovsky: The free passage of our warships to the Mediterranean! Been our goal for quite some time sire.
Nicholas (excitedly): More like a dream! The might of our own Black Sea Fleet not only for the defense of Russia but for the safety of our allies...when will you go?
Izlovsky: 15th of September your majesty.
Nicholas (smiling): I believe my uncle, the Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich, would demand to join you personally if he were alive today.
Izlovsky: It will be an honor to fulfill his legacy your majesty.
Nicholas: If all goes according to plan I should like to reach out to my uncle in Paris.
Izlovsky: The Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich?
Nicholas: Yes indeed...this is all very good. Now lets discuss the rest in detail. Some tea Izlovsky?

Scene cuts away to the meeting between Izlovsky and Aehrentha at Buchlau Castle in Moravia. Snippets are shown of the two men seated alone and across from each other in a private study. Music is playing over their words but it is clear the details are being hammered out as both men smile and appear to be in agreement...

Scene cuts to September 30th and Izlovsky, now in Paris, who is shown pulling a memo down from his face with a look of horror and disgust. The sudden events of the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina have been revealed...

Izlovsky (two assistants who have brought him the report stand nearby): God damned betrayal! Aehrentha...the scoundrel!
Assistant #1: We are still receiving more information sir.
Izlovsky (in a daze): The dirty Jew has deceived me. He lied to me, he bamboozled me...that frightful Jew.
Assistant #1 (after a pause): Pardon me sir but wasn't the annexation expected to take place anyway?
Izlovsky (angrily): Not until a conference was to be held. The other powers present. The Treaty of Berlin discussed! Austria has ruined a private agreement by this very public act. They're mad!
Assistant #2: What should be done now sir?
Izlovsky (mumbling to himself): The Tsar will be furious...I promised him peace and this could mean war...
Assistant #1: Sir? Should we set up a meeting with the Emperor?
Izlovsky: No! I must know more first...England...I must speak with Ambassador Bertie...and then France, Germany, Italy. I must speak to them...all of them!

The assistants quickly leave the room. Izlovsky is shown walking back behind his desk still with a stricken look on his face. He then sits and immediately begins writing frantically. The camera pans out and then cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 14, 2012, 10:34:41 PM
The action picks up again with a meeting in Tsarskeo Selo. Izlovsky has been summoned and discusses the situation with an angry and dejected Tsar, Prime Minister Stolypin, and Minister of the Navy Stepan Voevodskiy...

Stolypin: There are protests raging throughout the region and elsewhere. The Treaty of Berlin has been violated.
Nicholas (angrily): What gives these damn fools the right to assert themselves in such a manner? An outdated treaty?
Voevodskiy: Yes, our fleet has been bottled up for thirty years since the establishment of this treaty.
Stolypin (seated and smoking a cigar): Inconvenient as it may be your majesty 'Article 25' specifically states that the provinces of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall be occupied and administered by Austria-Hungary. Further they reserve the right to maintain garrisons and to have military and trading roads over the whole of the area.
Nicholas: And now to give extra fuel to this fire burning out of control we have Bulgaria declaring its independence from the Ottoman's.
Stolypin: Mister Foreign Minister you say Aehrentha was clear in his intentions?
Izlovsky: The Baron made it quite clear that in the event of the annexation Austrian-Hungary was prepared to withdraw its troops from Sanjak. We spent the better part of six hours hammering out details. No minutes were taken. This was, after all, a private and secret meeting.
Voevodskiy: Not so private after all.
Izlovsky: Never was there any indication about so sudden an act.
Stolypin: Serbia and Montenegro?
Izlovsky: Austria-Hungary would offer no territorial concessions, but in exchange for their support for the annexation there would be no opposition towards Serbian expansion into the Balkans. All the while they agree to revisions by us for the sake of restricting Montenegrin sovereignty over the region.  
Stolypin: There would then be continuing discussion based on good faith?
Izlovsky: Why yes...in essence. These changes to the treaty could only receive sanction after negotiation with the Porte and the Powers, but there would be no more talk of Bosnia-Herzegovina. We also agreed that Bulgarian independence from the Ottoman Empire was a likely consequences of the annexation.
Stolypin: Well...seems to me that the Baron had designs of deceiving us from the start your majesty. Trapping us through his clever web of words and much ambiguity as the Foreign Minister here describes.
Nicholas: I will write the Emperor Franz-Joseph. He risks betraying the confidence between our two countries, and permanently damaging our good relations.
Voevodskiy: This is quite surreal your majesty. But allow me to assure you that the naval fleet is prepared to attack should we receive your command.
Nicholas (incredulously): Of course we are not going to fight if we aren't attacked. But I don't see what option we have left other than to swallow our pride, give in, and agree...But make no mistake gentleman, Germany is at the fore, playing us yet again. Their action towards us has simply been brutal and will not be forgotten.

Camera focuses in briefly on each of the those in the room, sitting in silence, and then cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 15, 2012, 09:05:04 AM
Just for fun, as I'm not normally much into casting speculation, how about Helena Bonham-Carter as Marie Feodorovna. She is about the right size (little more than 5ft), also has a rather large mouth, as did MF, and is in her 50s, which is a sensible sort of age for the part.

Ann
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Post by: edubs31 on December 15, 2012, 09:33:46 AM
Ann, I can totally see that. It seems as though MF had somewhat softer features than HBC but the body type and acting she possesses could almost certainly pull off the role. Its amazing what they can do now with makeup too.

How often do we see period pieces where an actor/actress that we could scarcely imagine being cast for a role ends up nailing the part once the filming is concluded. Sure you occasionally have that no brainer like Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln but then you as often have a Cate Blanchet as Katherine Hepburn (huh?), Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash (what?) or a Bill Murray as FDR (how?) and they manage to pull it off!

Makes you wonder how much casting even matters anymore. It's more about the quality of the actor and their dedication to the subject and role they play. I'm hearing more and more about a film on Theodore Roosevelt being made late next year. Heard a rumor about Jack Black as being a potential for the title role as well. Sounds ridiculous to a lot of us, right? But watch him go out and get nominated for an Oscar, lol.
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Post by: TimM on December 15, 2012, 11:13:42 AM
Interesting casting choices. 
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Post by: Alixz on December 15, 2012, 07:38:57 PM
I don't even know half of those names and I can't connect them to any actors or actresses that I recall.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 16, 2012, 06:27:27 AM
I thought Tom Cruise was a ridiculous choice to play Claus von Stauffenberg in Valkyrie, but he actually made a pretty good job of it (though the American accent did creep in occasionally).

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on December 16, 2012, 10:35:09 AM
I did some research on von Stauffenberg and found to my amazement that there were times in von Stauffenberg's life when Tom Cruise did bear a faint resemblance to him.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 16, 2012, 10:43:55 AM
I thought Tom Cruise was a ridiculous choice to play Claus von Stauffenberg in Valkyrie, but he actually made a pretty good job of it (though the American accent did creep in occasionally).

Ann

I agree. I went into that movie with pretty low expectations. That I'm a history buff was the only reason I bothered to go see it in the first place...but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Cruise was solid in my opinion. I even managed to forget that he was Tom Cruise from time to time.

As is the case with plenty of historical dramas, as my wife brought up to me, the main problem was that as your watching you know ultimately that the operation isn't going to be successful. Guess for the sake a pure cinematic enjoyment it's better to do an Tarantino style alteration like 'Inglorious Basterds'.
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Post by: Alixz on December 16, 2012, 10:56:19 AM
I didn't go to see it at all because of Cruise. But after my research, I bought the movie (cheap) and was, as edubs says, "pleasantly surprised".
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Post by: edubs31 on December 17, 2012, 04:49:57 PM
And continuing on...

Autumn, 1907 – Tsarskeo Selo

We shift to a scene taking place shortly before dinner time arrives for the Imperial Family. Rasputin is visiting and has been briefly left alone with the Tsarevich Alexei while a nanny is seated at a desk across the room. She pays little attention and reads through a magazine to pass the time. The Starets is shown lying on the floor next to the young Tsarevich in a blue bathrobe. Alexei is fiddling around with some small toys while listening to Rasputin’s stories...

Rasputin: Now Peter the Great was just like your papa. But he lived a long time ago. He was a very smart and very powerful Emperor. He loved Russia very much, but he traveled all over the world. You know Alexei, I too have gone very very far away before and then come back.
Alexei: Why you go?
Rasputin: I wanted to see the world. I’ve lived in Russia since I was just a little boy like you. I think someday you will go many places. Someday you will be Emperor like Papa and Peter the Great!

Rasputin emphasizes words and builds excitement in a way pleasing to a young child's ears, and Alexei is no exception. He smiles and his eyes grow wide with wonder as Father Grigory continues on. Moments later however Olga Alexandrovna, a guest for dinner, is shown quietly entering the room. She is startled to find the Tsarevich sitting next to this strange looking peasant who she has not yet met…

Olga A. (moving forward slowly from the door): Who goes there?

Rasputin and Alexei look up immediately…

Olga A.: Who are you and what are you doing with the Tsarevich?
Nanny (getting up quickly and moving over towards the Grand Duchess): Your Highness! (bowing)
Olga A.: What exactly is going on here?
Nanny: Your Highness this is Father Grigory Rasputin. He is a guest of the Imperial Majesties.
Rasputin (getting to his feet): Your Imperial Highness, it is an honor to meet you (bowing low and taking her hand to kiss).
Olga A. (cautiously): Yes, well, forgive my imprudence, but I did not recognize you and was wondering why any man not in uniform would be seated so closely to the Tsarevich.
Rasputin: I am a friend.
Olga A. (picking up and holding Alexei): A friend? A friend of whom?
Rasputin (smiling): A friend to all of those of righteous mind and spirit. And a friend of the Tsar and Empress and their young Heir…you see, we get along quite well (Alexei giggles and reaches out to grab Rasputin by his fingers).
Olga A. (turning her attention to the nanny): Very well. My lady where are the Tsar and Empress now?

That moment Nicholas throws open two doors and walks into the room...

Nicholas: Ah, Olga! Nice to see you.
Olga A. (nodding and speaking softly): Nicky.
Nicholas: And I see you have met our friend. How delightful, as I had planned to introduce you to one another.
Rasputin: The Grand Duchess was alarmed at first to see me so near Alexei. We were playing a game and I was telling him many great stories…weren’t we Alexei?
Alexei: Mmm Hmm! He went all over papa!
Nicholas: Indeed he has, and I think it’s time for baby to go somewhere now.

The Tsar takes Alexei from Olga’s arms while the child begins to whine softly knowing it’s now his bed time. He passes the boy along to the nanny who prepared to exit the room...

Nicholas (kissing his son): And Papa will be along soon to tuck you in.
Olga A.: Good night dear child (the Tsarevich is carried out of the room by his nanny).
Nicholas (smiling and turning back his attention to Olga): Well, here we are. My youngest sister is quite a grounded woman Grigory Efimovich. Do not be alarmed if she takes a while to warm to a Holy Man and mystic such as yourself.
Olga A.: I was only wondering why Alexei seemed all alone…?
Rasputin: I have bonded with the little child. I am a healer who speaks the word of God. The boy tells me many things when alone. Things that only most children can understand.
Nicholas: Yes the children are all very much at ease, just as we are quite taken with him. Sunny believes it’s healthy for Alexei and the girls to have someone spiritual to talk to. It’s not easy for children to bond with most priests and holy men. It feels unnatural to them.
Rasputin: I listen closely and understand what they feel and what they fear. I like children very much you see, and they like me.
Olga A.: Well I see. It’s nice to meet you Father Grigory.
Rasputin: Come now. I should be leaving soon my dear. Batiushka, will you like me to see Alexei to sleep and pray with you?
Nicholas: Most certainly, let us walk his bedroom…Olga will you join me?
Olga A. (somewhat hesitantly): Why yes of course.

Next scene shows Alexei having been put to bed as the three enter the room. Alexandra is kissing her son good night and following her are each of her four daughters dressed in white evening gowns. The room is very quiet and the only lights in the room come from a few lit candles burning in front of icons. Alexandra is shown greeting her husband and Olga affectionately. The Tsar then gives his son a final good night kiss and, leaning over him, murmurs a few words that make the child smile. Nicholas stands near his daughters and Alexandra positions himself next to Olga and the nanny off to either side as Rasputin makes his way over to Alexei’s bedside. Father Grigory then blesses Alexei with the sign of the cross and begins reciting a prayer. The other members of the room bow their heads and pray along. Olga Alexandrovna holding the hand of the Empress and the camera zooming in on her facial expressions. She stares across at Rasputin with a look of cautious approval sensing a level of sincerity that she is surprised to find from the Starets...

The scene fades out and cuts away.

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 17, 2012, 10:05:20 PM
Discussions of the battle of Liaoyang by Field Marshall Oyama and Maj gen Kodama
Kodama: We have won a battle but at great cost and it was not a decisive victory like Sedan (note: This is the 1870 battle during the franco-prussian war where the French were decisively defeated)
Oyama: I agree, also our attack on port Arthur failed with heavy casualties. i want you to go there and find out why. You have my authority to relieve anyone of command you see fit. It is of the highest importance this fortress must be captured as soon as possible!
Kodama: I will on my way there as soon as I finish up some paperwork.
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Post by: Kalafrana on December 18, 2012, 03:27:04 AM
James

Just one small niggle. I don't think a Major-General would be worried about finishing his paperwork before going off on a special mission like this. I think he'd simply say, 'I'm on my way.'

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 18, 2012, 11:31:42 AM
April, 1908 - St. Petersburg

Next we are shown several brief clips involving Rasputin. The first of which shows him visiting Anya Vyrubova's house with the intention of dropping in on the Imperial Family. Father Grigory is shown exiting a car and making his way to the front door of the home where an aide-de-camp Nikolai Sablin stands at attention...

Rasputin: Hello Sablin.
Sablin: Good afternoon Father Grigory.
Rasputin: Is she here?
Sablin: Madame Vyrubova is currently at the palace but is due to arrive back shortly.
Rasputin: I should like to wait here for now.
Sablin (opening the door to him): Wait inside if you'd like. Madame Vishnyakova has been expecting you.

Rasputin walks inside and is greeted by Maria Vishnyakova, an Imperial Family nurse with who Rasputin has grown accustomed to seeing...

Nurse Vishnyakova: Father Grigory how do you do?
Rasputin: Very well my lady. I am surprised to see you here.
Nurse Vishnyakova: Yes, I apologize for the surprise. The Empress knew you'd be coming to meet with Anya. The children are busy with their lessons for the moment but Anya will be here shortly with the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna.
Rasputin: Very good. I've wanted to speak with Olga alone for some time now. She is a curious and beautiful girl. One of the Lord's finer creations. Through the elder child there is much the littler ones can learn.
Nurse Vishnyakova (smiling): Yes, very much so...might I interest you in some tea Father?
Rasputin (smiling in return): Yes, very much so.

The scene cuts away briefly and we are shown Palace Commandant Vladimir Dediulin in a brief meeting with the Tsar, going over certain protocols...

Dediulin: If there will be nothing further your majesty I will take my leave.
Nicholas (as the Commandant reaches for his coat): Thank you Commandant...might I ask, before you go, your opinion on a different sort of matter?
Dediulin: Why yes your majesty, by all means.
Nicholas (putting his cigarette into an ash tray): Father Grigory Efimovich. What do you think of him?
Dediulin: Well I must say that I'm still getting to know and learning more about him. I'm not certain if...
Nicholas (interrupting): Your impressions for now will suffice. Please. Do share.
Dediulin: He is a wily peasant. False, intelligent, and possessing a certain power of suggestion which he knows how to use. It seems the other men have little time for him your majesty. Of course there is no great concern either, in so much as we do not perceive Rasputin as posing any threat to the Imperial Family. But it's something else...a feeling of unease that permeates the minds of the retinue.

While Dediulin offers up his opinion of the Starets to the Tsar we are shown a couple of brief clips. One where Rasputin is seated alone and speaking with the Tsar's eldest daughter Olga Nikolaevna who appears to be enjoying his company. The next all five children encircling a seated Father Grigory and then following Alexei one at a time while he hops around the room like a rabbit. Seated across the room the Empress is looking on with a wide smile shown across her face...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 18, 2012, 11:32:03 AM
The scene cuts away quickly to a later meeting involving Dediulin with Tsar Nicholas's secret personal guard Alexander Spiridovich and St. Petersburg Okhrana head A.V. Gerasimov. They discuss the growing and troubling influence of Rasputin on the Imperial Family...[/i]

Dediulin: Rasputin must be watched. No different than any suspect or person of interest. There are all sorts of bizarre rumors circulating about.
Spiridovich: I thought he was considered to be harmless.
Gerasimov: It's hard to know what we are dealing with. The Starets may pose no obvious or immediate threat to the Imperial Family or to the prestige of the Empire, but the growing discomfort of many in the government and at the Court alone makes this peasant an issue of concern.
Dediulin: Right!
Gerasimov: Stolypin has ordered the gathering of information on his background in Tobolsk. I am still waiting on that report gentleman. You'll know once I do.

Scene cuts away and days later we are shown Gerasimov, now with report in hand, standing in front of Dediulin who is seated at his desk. Spiridovich stands off to the side. Gerasimov is clearly agitated and a grave look can be seen on his face...

Gerasimov: We must get rid of the adventurer! What is he doing here?
Dediulin (looking down at the report placed on his desk by Gerasimov): I'm afraid that no matter what is stated in this report it is up to the Prime Minister and Tsar himself to get rid of Rasputin.
Gerasimov: I'm waiting on a response from the Prime Minister. I want to have him arrested.

Just then an assistant enters the room and holds up a note that Spiridovich sees and makes his way over to the door to retrieve. The other men continue on in conversation as Spiridovich then walks over and hands the note to Gerasimov who reads quickly...

Gerasimov: Stolypin his signed a decree! He wants Rasputin to be deported, in secret, back to his home village. He is visiting the Crimea day after tomorrow by train.
Dediulin (surprised): And by doing this in secret I suppose it is against the wishes of the Tsar?
Spiridovich: The only way the Tsar can be protected. That is our responsibility. To preserve and protect the Empire, first and foremost.
Gerasimov: The Prime Minister has charged me with the responsibility of executing the task...and execute it I will. Deliver Holy Russia from the grips of this Holy Madman!

The scene again shifts and we are taken to a parked car waiting nearby a train station. Gerasimov and members of the secret police are present in both the vehicle and on foot at opposite ends of the station. They await the arrival of Father Grigory where they plan to escort him into the vehicle and place him under arrest. The steaming train is shown arriving at the station moments later. One by one passengers exit down the stairs. The police watch carefully for Rasputin to emerge. Suddenly he appears and is shown racing across from the station and jumps into a parked car which immediately speeds off. The waiting officers rush to try and catch up to him, rudely bumping into other departing passengers in the process, but they are too late. They immediately turn and run back to each police vehicle, hopping into two cars that speed off in pursuit...

Officer (out of breath): He got away! He's in a car, up ahead!
Gerasimov (shouting to the driver): Follow that car!

The Officer seated next to Gerasimov begins to collect himself...

Gerasimov: What the hell happened? You lost him!
Officer (as the cars are shown speeding along trailing Rasputin's vehicle by quite a distance): Someone must have tipped him off! He exited the train and ran over to a parked car. He was gone in an instant!
Gerasimov: That son of a bitch...step on it!

The first car finally catches up to Rasputin's vehicle, but not until it has made it's way through palace gates...

Gerasimov (exiting the vehicle and slamming the door shut in disgust): Dulber Palace! Dammit!
Officer: Who does it belong to?
Driver: The Grand Duke Pyotr Nikolaevich and his wife Militsa.
Gerasimov (exiting the vehicle and looking across the way as Rasputin is shown being led inside): The Starets got away. We will set up surveillance around the clock. He cannot stay here as a guest forever!

Cutting away to one final scene in the sequence we are shown Gerasimov alone at his desk reading a telegram just delivered from the Prime Minister. The camera swings around behind him and from over his left shoulder zooms in on the contents of the message as they are being read aloud…

Gerasimov: “The following is in response to your inquiry regarding the present situation involving the adventurer. A notification has been received by this office from the Governor of Tobolsk. Is has come to his attention that after a three week visit to Koreiz the subject in question has returned home to his native village of Pokrovskoe. At this time no further energies on the matter are required. The decree ordering a five-year ban on the adventurer’s entrance into the capital has temporarily been lifted. Kindly destroy this letter and all documentation regarding the matter.” Signed – Pyotr Arkadyevich Stolypin.

With a disgusted look on his face but in complete silence Gerasimov leans back in his chair and lights a cigarette. He then lights the note he’s just received on fire and disposes of it in a waste bin next to his desk. The camera focuses in on the last of the burning document. As the flame goes out so too does the scene fade and cut away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 18, 2012, 11:57:07 AM
They really should have sent Rasputin packing, I say.
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Post by: edubs31 on December 18, 2012, 01:11:35 PM
They really should have sent Rasputin packing, I say.

In another correspondence Stolypin apparently said "forget it" with regards to arresting and banishing Rasputin from the capital. Of course had they have been successful I wonder what the Tsar and Empress might have done. They'd be furious I'd imagine and probably overrule the decision. Stolypin must have been aware of this and probably figured once the police failed in their initial attempt that it was better to leave the issue alone than to have to work with an angry and distrustful Imperial Couple.

Of course had they known what was to happen they probably would have put out a hit on Rasputin, eliminating him completely, and blamed it on a fall guy or some Jewish conspiracy :-/
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 18, 2012, 04:06:11 PM
Yeah, getting rid of the guy who is a close friend of the Empress would NOT do wonders for your career (unless you were able to successfully find and set up a patsy).
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 18, 2012, 08:38:29 PM
Note in my last post Maj Gen "the rivet" Kodama was army chief of staff which in the japanese army means he has the same power as the army commander and he did do most of the work. I sort of thought he would have to get some paperwork out of the way before he left. The Oyama-Kodama relationship in this war was similair to that of Hindenburg-Lundendorf in WW I. The chief of staff does most of the work while the commander is able to think out plans ect.

Meanwhile back in Mukden two Russian officers are in a hotel drinking rather heavily when a third walks in:
Officer 3: how goes things?
Officer 1: Have a seat and have a drink. We are celebrating our armies "victory" at liaoyang.
Officer 3: (sits down) What? which idiot thinks we won a victory?
Officer2:  General kuropatkin the army commander says so at least thats what he reported and some newspapers also say so.
Officer 3: Someone needs to tell the rest of the world they all reguard this as a defeat for us.
Officer 1: So does the rest of the army. Which is why our morale is so low.
Officer 2: we all thought this time we would defeat the japanese but we lost again! Its begining to look like it is almost impossible to defeat them!
Officer 1 Sadly, It looks like you are right unless we greatly outnumber them we will never be able to defeat them.
Officer 2: Of course, it would help if got rid of some of the idiots we have in command out here.
Officer 3: You are quite right i have heard one colonel recommend we hang about half the officers we have out here!
Officer 1; It would also help if we ran off some of the camp followers around here. These people are real scum just out to enrich themselves.
Officer 2: Unfortunely, it seems just about all the high ups in command out here are involved in some sort of crooked dealings!
Officer 3: and there is nothing we can do about it.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 19, 2012, 03:55:20 AM
James

I see your point about Kodama. I hadn't realised that the Japanese used the German chief of staff system. How about:
Kodama: 'Ill be on my way as soon as I've got my paperwork straight.'
Oyama: 'My dear Kodama, your paperwork is always immaculate.'


Erik

I love the idea of the car chase with Rasputin, but were cars as ubiquitous as that in 1908? I wonder whether it might be safer to have Rasputin get away because he's in a car and the police are on horseback.

Ann
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Post by: edubs31 on December 19, 2012, 11:20:56 AM
Good stuff James.

Ann, interesting observation. I too wondered about the prevalence of automobiles at such an early period. Especially since they were forced to travel to the Crimea here and were not stationed in St. Petersburg.

The scene comes from a Spiridovich note/memoir entry and only mentions that the car Rasputin was in gained on the agents in pursuit. It doesn't say whether they were on horseback, automobile, or bicycle for that matter, lol. I think it makes for a more interesting scene if at least one car is following the other but obviously I'd like to be accurate.

Here's a very basic question. In the time before automobiles how would one have been transferred after an arrest? I imagine a few of these agents would be on horseback and there will be a carriage that Rasputin would be locked into a surrounded. This before placing him on a train, and I suppose locking him into a train car. Otherwise he'd have to hop on the back of a saddle and ride with one of the agents, yes? That would seem strange to me...

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on December 19, 2012, 04:14:45 PM
"follow that car'?  Sounds like the old TV show Dragnet  :-)

Don't forget the venerable "Paddy wagon", I don't know what it would have been called in Russia. Maybe the "Ivan wagon"? the "Don Cossack Wagon"?

It was called the "Paddy Wagon" in the US because most of the police in the early part of the century were Irish.

And James, please - "How goes things?"  edubs, I am now officially volunteering to proof read and correct colloquialisms. When you are ready for that kind of 'action" send it to me, quickly!!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 19, 2012, 04:53:58 PM
December 30, 1908 - Tsarkoe Selo

Our next scene begins in Tsarskeo Selo and the main bedroom of the Imperial couple. Alexandra is shown propped up in bed, alone, and writing a letter. Nicholas stops in to check on his wife in the middle of his work day...

Nicholas (walking in the door and finishing up a few words exchanged with a nurse): Sunny. How are you?
Alexandra: I'm finishing up a letter to my sister Victoria. It's been some time since we have spoken.
Nicholas: Oh? And does the princess have anything new to report?
Alexandra: Reminiscing mostly. Of our childhood in Hesse. She reminded me of some charming stories told of me and our mother together before she died. I was too young to remember of course, but I feel better to be reminded of such happy days when I was a girl...Of course it seems so long ago now.
Nicholas (moving to his wife's bedside): Give her my love of course...but I was asking about your health not what it is that you're doing.
Alexandra: Are you disturbed by me Nicky?
Nicholas: Never darling.
Alexandra: Scared then? Are you scared for me?
Nicholas: The health of my family is always my greatest concern.
Alexandra: Well you should probably be spending time with your son if that is the case.
Nicholas: Alexei is sleeping. That is how I knew you would be in here.
Alexandra: Yes, bed ridden again. Some wife and Empress I've become, don't you think?
Nicholas: Is it your headaches again?
Alexandra: Headaches, a weak heart, leg pains, back aches. It's everything.
Nicholas: Dr. Botkin says it's your nerves failing you.
Alexandra: I am sure of it.
Nicholas: Perhaps we should see other doctors. It is unnatural for you to be feeling this way all of the time.
Alexandra: I don't need the opinions of more doctors. They have been little help to me at this point. I know what I need...peace, quiet, and rest...and my boy to feel better. When Alexei is well so am I. This entire palace fills with sunshine. When he is ill so too am I. In my body and my spirit.
Nicholas: He will be well again soon Sunny. It was a mild attack.
Alexandra: I suppose. These years of physical and moral strain have been too much to bear.
Nicholas: There is the liturgy service tomorrow night.
Alexandra: I'm aware.
Nicholas: Of course it is important for the Empress to be present.
Alexandra: I have no plans to be absent dear. I will rise to the occasion as I always do when at worship. Christ brings me strength enough for that.
Nicholas: He does. And I thank you my love. I'm thinking it better that you leave afterwards.
Alexandra: Leave?
Nicholas: After the service. We are expected to attend the reception and congratulate the diplomatic corps.
Alexandra: Yes, thank you, it would be best that I return home. Alexei will need me here.
Nicholas: I've been thinking of having Olga and Tatiana stand in. They are old enough now to handle such functions in your absence. Do you agree?
Alexandra: Yes, it is good for them. They aren't such little girls anymore.

Nicholas pauses to smile and takes his wife by the hand, soothing her...

Alexandra (whispering): Stay with me a bit longer Nicky. Your wifey needs you.
Nicholas: And I need you.

Nicholas takes off his shoes and crawls into bed along side of his wife. He lies on his back with head rested against a pillow. Alexandra places her head on his chest and closes her eyes. The Tsar strokes his wife's hair as the camera zooms in closely to show him too closing his eyes as the scene cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 19, 2012, 04:55:00 PM
Next scene is the aforementioned liturgy held at Catherine Palace. They are welcoming the start of the new year. Several Romanov family members are shown seated behind the Imperial Family in the gallery. In front of them stand Olga and Tatiana Nikolaevna, Nicholas & Alexandra, and Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna. The camera zooms in on Konstantin Konstatinovich speaking quietly to Alexander Mikhailovich as their wives, the Princess Elizaveta Mavrikievna and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna sit quietly next to them. Their words are being drowned out to others by the sounds of singing and recited prayers...

KR (looking around): Where is the Tsarevich?
Alexander Mikhailovich: I'm told he is ill, once again.
KR: Dear Lord what is wrong with the boy now?
Alexander Mikhailovich: I understand he has a bad leg and a fever. They say it's inflammation of the knee joint, but I don't know for sure.
KR (speaking as the camera focuses in on a tired and weary looking Empress): I must say Alix has been looking positively awful of late.
Alexander Mikhailovich: Yes, and standing next to the Dowager Empress. If one didn't know better when looking from a distance one would think it was Alix who is 61, and Marie Feodorovna, 36. Not the other way around.
Princess Elizaveth (turning her attention with Xenia to the Grand Dukes): Psst! Gentleman, be quiet. Or at least keep your voices down.
KR (whispering): She fears exhaustion. Even from simple routine, and so avoids getting tired. I understand she will be leaving after the liturgy service and not accompanying Nicky at the reception.
Alexander Mikhailovich: Oh my. Once again, the Empress shielding herself from public view.
KR: The Tsar was extremely candid when I asked him recently whether the play, The Bride of Messina might be staged at the Chinese Theater.
Alexander Mikhailovich: And?
KR: He told me the Empress is very unwilling to receive, and is fearful of people. Especially in crowds.
Alexander Mikhailovich (pausing and shaking his head): There is something strange taking place in Tsarskoe Selo I fear. Look over there. Marie and Anastasia. Lively girls. And Olga and Tatiana are most certainly coming into their own. All lovely children. Somehow they manage to be in spite of a brother who is constantly ill and a mother who seems so tired and joyless.
KR: And rumors abound that this mysterious peasant, Rasputin, has been seen visiting more and more often.
Alexander Mikhailovich: Yes. "Father Grigory" as Nicholas refers to him...or simply "Our Friend". The Tsar of Russia has opened his palace gates to a charlatan if you ask me.
KR: It is indeed disturbing.
Alexander Mikhailovich: It's more than disturbing...it's tragic.

Just then the audience is summoned to rise by a priest and the members of the gallery are shown standing and facing the Imperial Family. The scene fades and cuts away...

Next scene shows Rasputin as having visited the Imperial Family at Tsarskoe Selo along with Archimandrite Feofan, the Empress's personal confessor. Nicholas, Alexandra and Olga Alexandrovna are shown greeting them warmly in Alix's boudoir where they are taking tea before dinner. Leaving the room momentarily with the Archimandrite and calling on a few servants who are preparing tables and chairs for the upcoming meal Olga finds herself alone with the Starets...


Rasputin: They've invited us for dinner.
Olga (sipping from her cup of tea, seated, and slightly uncomfortable): Yes the Empress mentioned you would be arriving with a guest.
Rasputin: They have shown me great generosity.
Olga: Yes. I am sure they are thankful for all you do as well.
Rasputin: What is that you believe I do...your highness?
Olga: I'm not quite certain. But I see you with the children. The are at ease around you and always happy. Of course looks can be deceiving.
Rasputin: Yes, I care for them deeply. I pray for their health and their strength and for God's blessings. Especially the little Tsarevich.
Olga: Well I don't doubt your sincerity Father Grigory.
Rasputin (abruptly): You are a charming and vivacious woman Olga Alexandrovna.
Olga (startled and smiling uncomfortably): Oh? Thank you, I suppose.
Rasputin: But you are a hard woman to know. A mystery to me. I see it and fell it. I do.
Olga (quizzically): I'm not certain I understand you. But if there is anyone in this room who is mysterious it is certainly not me.
Rasputin (smiling): Tell me, your highness, Olga...are you happy?
Olga: Am I happy? Why do you ask?
Rasputin: I sense trouble. Many have confessed to me...through me God can hear their fears, their sins and their desires.
Olga: Well I am perfectly happy and have no fears or sins to report.
Rasputin: Do you love your husband? Does he make you as happy as your deserve?
Olga (pausing and then angrily raising her voice) What do you know of my marriage?
Rasputin: I see what everyone else sees, but there is more than I can feel.
Olga: What is there to feel?
Rasputin: You are a charming woman, you say you are loved by your husband, and love the little children of your brother. You tell me you are happy, but you have no children for yourself? Why my dear?
Olga: Father Grigory I appreciate what you have done for this family. I appreciate that you are a favorite of the Tsar and Empress. But you are not my confessor and these are most impertinent questions.
Rasputin (smiling after a long pause): I am sorry. I wish to do well by you. Forgive me child (bowing low). I shall pray for you and for your happiness.

Just then Nicholas, Alexandra and Feofan reenter the room. A relieved Olga gets up immediately from her seated position and walks past Rasputin over to them across the room. She seems overjoyed and suddenly charismatic, much in the way someone will act when they are trying to overcome their discomfort and overcompensating emotionally. The scene cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 19, 2012, 04:55:21 PM
Rasputin is next shown boarding a train with a procession of Holy Men, included with them is the Monk Illiodor. The two men are joining one another on a spiritual retreat and the camera focuses in on their discussion while seated together in a private car. The train begins to steam away from it's station in St. Petersburg to Tsaritsyn...

Iliodor: The city has grown quite large. Maybe a hundred thousand inhabitants by now.
Rasputin: More worshipers of Christ.
Iliodor: Yes, of course!
Rasputin: I must find a special icon to bring back to the Tsar and Empress. She longs for my return.
Iliodor: Yes I understand you've become quite close to the Imperial Family. They are indeed a blessing from God.
Rasputin: They love me and need me. Look at these letters (pulling notes out of his pocket and handing it over). Take your choice. Only leave the Tsarevich's letter. It is the only copy I have (laughing). They love me you see!

Iliodor reads an affectionate letter supposedly sent to Rasputin from the Empress...

Rasputin: I write them telegrams thanking them. Telling them to remember to love the whole of God's creation. Nature, the Earth, and man alike.
Iliodor: I see nothing from the Tsar.
Rasputin: He does not often write. The words of the Empress show his true feelings. When I saw him last he knelt before me after prayer. (Rasputin gets down off of his seat in the train car to imitate). He knelt down and said "Grigory, you are Christ!"
Iliodor: They are good Christians. They have a good conscience and know when a true man of God is before them.
Rasputin: Yes they do.
Iliodor: But let us not forget Father Grigory, that beneath the Tsar and his family all Russians are equals. You and I alike.
Rasputin (smirking): We are all God's children, yes, but equals? Would the Tsar kneel before an equal? Would Matushka kiss me in her daughter's bedrooms after blessing them at night, if I were but an equal?

Iliodor is noticeably alarmed by that last comment but remains silent. Rasputin then breaks out into laugher...

Rasputin (laughing): Oh my dear man of God do not be alarmed! Everything I do is in the name of Christ. For his love and his mercy...for his blessings onto the imperial family and all of Russia!
Iliodor: Christ be with us all.
Rasputin: Now enough foolish talk. It is a long journey and there are many beautiful women aboard. Let me see if I can round up a few and teach them the word of God.

Rasputin stumbles out the door of the train car. Iliodor is shown leaning with his back to his seat and stares out the window. A look of surprise and dismay sweeps across his face before closing his eyes. The scene fades out and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 19, 2012, 05:00:10 PM
"follow that car'?  Sounds like the old TV show Dragnet  :-)

Don't forget the venerable "Paddy wagon", I don't know what it would have been called in Russia. Maybe the "Ivan wagon"? the "Don Cossack Wagon"?

It was called the "Paddy Wagon" in the US because most of the police in the early part of the century were Irish.

And James, please - "How goes things?"  edubs, I am now officially volunteering to proof read and correct colloquialisms. When you are ready for that kind of 'action" send it to me, quickly!!

Hey Alixz, sorry I saw this only after I just posted several lengthy scenes. Any chance you can have a look at those on here and I'll be sure to email you prior to my next batch? Thank you for your offer to assist with this. I think I'm getting better with those colloquialisms, but some polishing is always necessary.

lol, yes it does sounds like Dragnet. Just too good a line to resist I suppose. Maybe this scene can represent the first ever usage of "follow that car" eh? You're right though and I'll change it to "Follow him!". Simple and to the point.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on December 19, 2012, 06:05:49 PM
I think I just set myself up for a very stiff neck. Fifty two pages of postings? This may take quite a while.

Proofing on a computer screen - yeash - but then I did volunteer.

alixz

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 19, 2012, 06:51:59 PM
I think I just set myself up for a very stiff neck. Fifty two pages of postings? This may take quite a while.

Proofing on a computer screen - yeash - but then I did volunteer.

alixz


lol, well why not just start with the last few pages worth of material and I'll also send you new stuff as I write it (and before I post it).

If you're going to start correcting things from a while back I would only ask that you specify that in your posts such as..."Reply #87 - Corrections". That way it doesn't get confusing. Thanks!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on December 19, 2012, 07:03:21 PM
One thought - as a moderator, I can change the postings right on line. If you think that is OK, we can do it that way instead of sending things back and forth by email.

I would still let you know which ones I think need to be changed, and I bet as I get into it there won't be that much, I probably just happened to drop in on certain days before.  Days where the second half of the old twentieth century took over.


:-)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 20, 2012, 01:27:16 AM
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"follow that car'?  Sounds like the old TV show Dragnet  :-)

Yeah, when is Joe Friday gonna show up :)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 20, 2012, 08:57:30 AM
One thought - as a moderator, I can change the postings right on line. If you think that is OK, we can do it that way instead of sending things back and forth by email.

I would still let you know which ones I think need to be changed, and I bet as I get into it there won't be that much, I probably just happened to drop in on certain days before.  Days where the second half of the old twentieth century took over.


:-)

Let me just make sure I understand what you are talking about here. The post modification has a certain time length to it on all topic threads. Are you saying you can eliminate that from this particular discussion?

If so that would be HUGE! I've mentioned this before and wanted it from the beginning. So much easier to correct messages on the spot. I guess as the moderator you'd be able to edit the content of any post for any length of time, correct? I'll certainly give the thumbs up on that with the understanding, of course, that you mention what you are changing either prior to or immediately after doing so.

Taking things a step further is there anyway you can change the settings to allow an actual poster of a comment (or 'scene' as is this case in this thread) edit their own post without any time restriction? This would be immensely helpful as well. After someone like you, Ann, James, etc, alerts me to an error I've made, or recommends additional changes, I could go back and make the changes on the spot. This would only apply to posts that I've made of course...in other words it wouldn't give me the power to change something James has written.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on December 21, 2012, 10:57:51 AM
No, edubs, unfortunately only moderators and only moderators with certain permissions granted by the FA on certain sub-forums get to do that. But, yes, the time to change any forum that a moderator is assigned to does not expire for that moderator. I have cleaned up and changed and deleted empty "red X" (missing) pictures going back years and years.

If you notice, you will see that I am not moderator on all sub-forums, only those that I have asked for permissions on or that FA has granted me permissions on. Grand Duchess Ella, on the other hand, is a Global Moderator and she can go anywhere and do everything.

That is how I can take, say the thread on Pictures of Queen Alexandra (Windsor sub-forum) combine all of the disparate threads, edit them for content and lost pictures, put them all back together and then separate them in to smaller more easily manageable and more quickly downloadable "threadlets" I actually did that one day and it took me over four hours for just that one thread.

The reason that the ability to change and delete was taken form most posters is that a few years back, some posters got angry and "took their ball" and went home. They also deleted all of their posts and pictures which left the threads broken and, in some cases, not understandable.

If a moderator gets a sub-forum like this one "Films and TV Shows" then the permissions extend to all threads in the sub-forum. Those that are already there and those that may come in the future.

Do you remember Griffh's thread "The Empress Alexandra Fights Back"?  It is gone now as Griffh is writing a book and his editor asked that all the material be removed from public access. However, I used to help him edit and clear up his posts and fact check for him. He would send me a PM and tell me what he wanted and I would do it for him.

One of the most prolific and most attentive moderators is Svetebel. She is working here constantly to improve and manage the threads.
 
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 21, 2012, 03:51:32 PM
Time for a little character development and the first of a three or four scenes involving Felix Yusupov...

Summer, 1900 - Paris, France

We begin with a scene at the 1900 World Exposition Fair in Paris, France. Among the city's many visitors was the Yusupov family, one of the most powerful and wealthy in all of Russia. We catch up with he family in their hotel suite preparing to head out. The parents Count Felix Felixovich Sumarakov-Elston, his wife Princess Zenaida Nikolaievna Yusupova and their two children Nicholas (17) and Felix (13) are quickly getting dressed...

Princess Zenaida: Felix, stop fooling about and put this on.
Felix: But mother. It's hot outside. I don't want to wear it!
Princess Zenaida: You must look like a gentleman, not a little boy Felix. We all have to suffer some in this heat.
Felix: I don't even want to go...how many more days until we leave here mother?
Count Felixovich: Stop your whining and act more like your brother...(coming up and whispering some remarks to his eldest son). Do your best to get ahold of the boy, won't you? He looks up to you, and won't be so disagreeable if he sees you acting like a true Prince and gentleman.
Nicholas: Yes father.
Count Felixovich: Alright then. Let me get a look at you boys. (Nicholas stands up straight while Felix shrugs and fidgets about)
Princess Zenaida: Stand up straight for your father and look presentable, please Felix. (Felix shrugs and scowls but then obeys his mother's urgings)
Count Felixovich (looking his sons over): Very well, very well...and we're off!

The Count escorts his wife arm and arm as the family exits their hotel room. Next scene shows them walking down the Champ de Mars towards the Eiffel Tower. To either side there are several stands and exhibits. The camera focuses in on the excitement on the faces of everyone, except for the hot and disgruntled looking Felix, as they see tables with Russian Nesting Dolls, diesel engine demonstrations, and a tent with a talking picture being shown. Felix and Nicholas can be heard in conversation as the family walks along...

Nicholas: You shouldn't be so difficult for mother you know.
Felix: I'm tired of coming here. I like the ferris wheel and that is all.
Nicholas: It won't be much longer. Stop acting so spoilt.
Felix: I'm hot and tired...Nicholas, lets go out together and see Paris tonight (excitedly)! The real Paris! Not some silly carnivale.
Nicholas: I don't know Felix. Mother and father would not approve and we are supposed to join them again tomorrow.
Felix: I want to see the lovely ladies and pretty boys of Paris dancing together.
Nicholas (smiling): But you are a terrible dancer!
Felix: I'm getting better! And it doesn't matter, I love watching them.
Nicholas: Well mother and father won't let us go alone. You are too young still.
Felix: Not when I am with you. And if I dress up they won't know how old I am.
Nicholas: Shush! You know that is our little secret!
Felix: Mother always wanted a little girl.
Nicholas: She loves you just the same. Quiet now.

Walking into a film tent we are shown a large crowd gathered and laughing as a comedy is being shown. Unamused, Felix is shown sneaking out of the rear of the tent just moments later. He walks back outside into the blazing heat and notices an untended fire hose. He looks around carefully to see that no one is watching and in an instant turns on the nozzle and begins blasting pedestrians with water. Women and children scream as they become drenched and angry men start towards Felix but are prevented from grabbing hold of either the hose or the boy by the force of the water. Many are shown slipping and falling to the ground. Felix laughs uncontrollably.

Hearing the screams from the outside over the sound in the film tent much of the audience turns their attention and walks outside to see what the reason is for all of the commotion. Princess Zenaida turns to her son Nicholas and says, "where is your brother!?". Next we are shown the three family members pushing through the crowd just in time to see two police officers finally grabbing hold of Felix while two others struggle to grip hold of the hose nozzle which continues to flop about, spraying water. Horrified the Count and Princess rush over to their son.


Princess Zenaida (rushing over): Oh my God, Felix!
Count Felixovich: Felix, what have you done?! Officer I am embarrassed and apologize for this incident.
Officer #1: The boy belongs to you?
Count Felixovich: Yes, he is my youngest son. This is his older brother Nicholas, and this is my wife Princess Zenaida.
Officer #2: Princess is it? Well your bratty prince of a boy damn near created a stampede.
Princess Zenaida (breaking away from the lecturing of Felix that could be overheard): Yes, yes we do understand and apologize for this terrible set of circumstances. We promise you that our son will be severely punished for this!
Officer #1: I'm sorry but we must detain you and the boy.
Count Felixovich: Detain us? Officer is this truly necessary? I will be happy to pay any fine immediately. (pulling his wallet from out of his pocket)
Officer #1: It's standard protocol sir. We will escort you now. Please follow.

The scene cuts away and we pick things back up at the police station. The Count and Princess are heard arguing while young Felix, still soak and wet, sits on a bench with a smirk on his face. His brother Nicholas walks over and sits down next to him...

Nicholas: You must have truly hated that Exposition Felix.
Felix: I told you I did.
Nicholas: Mother is not as mad as I thought she's be...at least not at you anyway.
Felix: They won't want me to join them tomorrow now.
Nicholas: I guess you'll have Paris to explore after all...(turning his body to look directly at his brother in a epiphany) you planned this all along didn't you? (smiling while his brother turns his head slowly, speechless, but his grin grows wider)...you little rascal, you make me jealous sometimes!

Nicholas stretches his arms across his young brother's back, places his right on Felix's shoulder, and pulls him in tighter. The boys look at each other once more and then turn their heads and look straight ahead, smiling, as the scene fades out and cuts away...



Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on December 23, 2012, 06:34:00 AM
edubs - Do you see all of the character development used in the final cut or are you just using these passages to get into the mood or the times?

I believe that too much material will over load the whole process and bringing in the childhood of too many characters will simply put off those who either don't have time to sit through these scenes, don't know enough about the characters for the scenes - no matter how well developed - to make sense to them, or simply don't care about character development.

I remember going to see a movie about Queen Victoria. During one scene, the Queen and Prince Albert are talking to Vicky and Fritz. Vicky holds up the future Kaiser Wilhelm still in skirts. I knew that and I am sure that the authors wanted to indicate that QV was his grandmother and Vicky was his mother, but most of the crowd didn't know what was gong on or who the baby was.

Its odd, I don't remember the next scene at all.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 24, 2012, 03:34:45 PM
In reading Nelpa's and other post Communist era books on Rasputin it seems he was not as disolute and influentual as was previously thought. He was also friendly towards Jews which is probably one of the resons he was so hated. It might be a good idea to have some Rashomon type scenes where we have different people giving different accounts of what happened like the incident at the Yar restraunt.

The sterotypical Tsarist policeman of the period went around wearing a green raincoat and a bowler hat. This is how they should be dressed running around TS, tailing Rasputin and following revolutionaries.

I realalize some people may be getting tired of reading about Tsarist incompetance ect well there is more to come.

September 1904 2 japanese naval officers are discussing the war at sea:
Officer 1: Good News the Russian Port Arthur force after it scattered after the Yellow Sea battle is as far as I can tell as follows: one battleship and two cruisers interned in China and one cruiser interned in French Indochina. They are out of the war as if they were sunk. We also sank one cruiser off Sakhalin. The rest of their force at Port Arthur 5 battleships and 2 cruisers some of the ships are damaged and unseaworthy.
Officer 2: We also caught the Russian Vladavostok squadron off Ulsan sank the Rurik and badly damaged the other two cruisers
Officer 1: It looks like we will be able to destroy the enemies Pacific fleet overhaul our ships and be ready for the enemies Baltic fleet when it arrives.
Officer 2: I wonder where the Russian Baltic fleet is right now?
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 24, 2012, 06:00:24 PM
From Tide at Sunrise:
At a Russian dockyard wathing 2 crusiers being fitted out for the pacific Admiral Rozhdestvenski says to a fellow naval officer:"What success can there be? We should have not started this hopeless business and yet how can i refuse to carry out orders when everyone is sure of success?"

This is roughly what was said at a 11 August 1904 conference according to the book "The Tsar's last Armada" present are Nicholas II, Grand Admiral GD Alexei A. GD Alexander M "Sandro", Naval Minester Avelan, War minester Sakarov, foriegn minester Lamsdorf and admiral Rozhestvenski
Rozhestvenski; i am almost sure the port Arthur squadron  will be annihalated before i reach the far east. I insist the squadron recieve reinforcements. I insist we buy the Argentinan and Chilian crusiers. They are fast modern ships not like some of ours.
Everyone agrees but they want the Squadron to sail for madagascar now and wait for them there
Rozhestvenski: No! one the squadron needs training, two the squadron needs to get there in march when vladivostok will be ice free
War Minester Sakarov: I agree do to defeats the army won't be able to attack until spring and by that time Port Arthur would have fallen.
GD Alexei: Keep the squadron in the baltic until spring buy the Argentinian and chilian crusiers and then send them to the far east.
Rozhestvenski: No, the squadron leaves in the fall, delays would make it impossible to go through the immense preperations again, for instance the frieght colliers. It would be better  to leave now and wait for reinforcements at Madagascar.
Avelan: I strongly agree
everyone else agrees
Lamsdorf: I am still worried about our ability to supply the fleet.
Nicholas: We have Ginsberg!

after this meeting nicholas takes rozhestvenski to see the newborn Alexei. Who is with Alexandra.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 25, 2012, 03:00:25 PM
The next scene shows young Felix with brother Nicholas at his brother's mistress Polia's flat some years later. Polia is shown applying make up and looking herself over in the miror while in the background we see and hear Nicholas and Felix playing a gypsy song together. Nicholas is on guitar and Felix is singing harmonies in soprano. A couple of opened bottles of vodka are sitting nearby and the clock on the wall indicates that it's just after 9pm. Stopping and putting his guitar down Nicholas shares an idea...

Nicholas: I have an idea. Lets skip the party and head to the nighclubs where the gypsies will be performing.
Polia (turning her attention instantly and in surprise): But we are expected Nicholas. Dmitri and Marie will be disappointed.
Nicholas: We'll say I got sick, and we'll make it up to them by going together to the ballet next month. It will be quite alright I'm sure.
Polia: But Felix is not old enough yet to attend the clubs. They'll stop us at the door.
Nicholas: In uniform he might pass for an adult.
Felix: What uniform?
Nicholas: Don't you have your school outfit here from yesterday?
Polia: School outfit? (laughing) He won't get two steps inside a club wearing that. He looks older dressed as he is now than in that silly schoolboy uniform.
Nicholas: There must be a way. If we hurry we'll have time to see if we can get him past the doorman...and if that doesn't work we can simply go to to Dmitri's as originally planned.
Polia (after a pause): There might be another way (smiling).
Felix: What is that?
Polia: Well they surely won't be fooled by you as a boy, but as a lady...perhaps they might.
Nicholas (smiling): Yes! Marvelous!

Scene cuts to Nicholas and Polia dressing up Felix as a young woman. Nicholas is shown in the background grining and, at times, laughing. He nods in approval as Polia picks out and puts on different articles of female clothing onto his younger brother. We then cut quickly to her finishing up the application of make up onto Felix's face. She walks him over to a large mirror where he stands in between Nicholas and Polia in full costume dress. Felix looks at himself excitedly...

Nicholas: Brilliant!
Polia: I knew it would be.
Nicholas: Brother you are one of the most beautiful women in all of St. Petersburg!
Felix: Thank you (clears throat and works in a higher pitched female accent). How lovely of you to say so your highness (gives his hand to Nicholas to kiss)...and your lovely wife Polina. So good to your see you again madame (curtsies).

The three of them break out in laughter and then prepare to head out of the room and out on the town. The scene fades out and cuts away...

January, 1905 - Paris, France

We cut to another scene showing Felix again dressed as a female. He has accompanied his brother to the premier of the opera "La Salutise". Felix's outfit is even more elaborate than before and his female manerisms have been perfected. The two brothers are shown sitting next to one another in the first row of the stalls. To his right Felix notices an older dignified gentleman sipping wine and eyening him up. Every so often Felix can be shown glancing over and smiling in his direction but cannot quite make the person out. Finally at intermission the house lights go up and he can see quite clearly that his admirer is none other than King Edward VII of England.

The scene cuts quickly outside in the foyar area where Felix is shown standing alone momentarily. Several men pass by and nod and smile in the direction of this elegant looking beauty who they have not seen before. Moments later Nicholas, cigarette in hand, is shown walking towards his younger brother and is bursting out in laughter...

Felix: What is it? What has gotten into you?
Nicholas: I was practically accosted by some dignified fellow with a message from his majesty. He desperately wants to know who the lovely young woman is that I have been escorting.
Felix: What did you tell him?
Nicholas: I made up some ridiculous story that you were just a friend...but can you believe it, the King of England?!
Felix (laughing): Well...what do I do now?
Nicholas: I think he wants to see you.
Felix: Now?
Nicholas: Yes!
Felix: But what if things go too far and he finds out that...
Nicholas (interuppting): He'll probably just want to share a drink or two. I wouldn't imagine him to go too far. He is married to the Queen afterall.
Felix: This is like a dream. But it's all so dreadfully silly.
Nicholas: Just imagine the stories he might tell you. Be careful not to let on that you know the Tsar and the the Queen's sister.
Felix: I should go alone?
Nicholas: I'll wait up for you Felix. Let me escort you over. We don't want to keep his majesty waiting!

Felix is shown being escorted over by Nicholas arm in arm. The scene cuts quickly to a private suite in the opera the house where the King has requested Felix meet him. The doors are thrown open and the King is shown getting up from his seated position and bows as the Prince walks towards him visibly blushing...

Felix (extending his hand): Your majesty, it is an honor.
King Edward: (kissing it): Madame Felixovna the honor is all mine.

Scene again cuts away. Felix is shown reentering the foyar where brother Nicholas is chatting with another gentleman, and moves towards him quickly...

Nicholas: Would you excuse me for a moment?
Gentleman: Why, yes, of course.
Nicholas (moving towards his brother excitedly): How was it?
Felix: I think we should go...now please.
Nicholas (walking over to the exit, and summoning a taxi once outside): Brother are you alright?
Felix: Yes it was fine, but...but I needed to get out of there quickly. The King was quite taken with me. He wanted more than just to have a drink. My cover was about to be blown.
Nicholas: Oh my! But what if the King would have been more than happy to spend his evening with an attractive young boy?
Felix: I wasn't prepared to wait and find out. Had it been some other man, perhaps.
Nicholas: Well it must have been thrilling!
Felix (entering the taxi): It was, it was very much so. But these older men...they are so kind and gentle and romantic, but I could never be attracted to them physically.
Nicholas: Oh? Even one so powerful as the King of England?
Felix: I'm afraid he was so dreadfull hairy (bursts out laughing)!

The two brothers are shown laughing as they sit side by side and closesly together in the back seat of the taxi. The carriage is then shown trotting off and the scene again cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 25, 2012, 03:13:21 PM
Spring, 1908 - Moika Palace ground, St. Petersburg

Next scene flashes forward a few years later. Felix and a young gentleman name Stefan are shown sitting with one another in the afternoon at the Yusupov Palace at Moika. We pick things up in mid conversation. Visual clips of the story Felix tells accompany his words.

Felix: You see Nicholas knew the manager of the Aquairum personally. He convinced the man to let me sing at his opera house. Promoting me as a beautiful young Frenchwoman and rising talent who sang the latest Parisian songs. The manager was ever so delighted to meet and hear me perform. He gave me a two week bill, and just like that the Yusupov boys were in business together!
Stefan: How did you manage to pull it off for so long without someone finding out?
Felix: We Nicholas and Polia saw to my clothes. They ordered a dress of blue tulle embroidered with silver, and a headdress of ostrich feathers in several shades of blue. To complete the effect I wore my mother's well-known jewels...Three stars took the place of my name on the program and this intrigued the public. When I came onto the stage, blinded by the spotlights, I was in such a panic that for a few moments I felt completely paralyzed (chuckling). The orchestra struck up the first bars of "Paradis du Reve," but the music seemed faraway and indistinct. A few kindly people among the audience on seeing my agitation tried to encourage me by applauding. I finally pulled myself together and sang my first number, which was received very coldly.
Stefan: Oh such a pity.
Felix: Ah, yes, however the next two songs, "La Tonkinoise" and "Bebe' d'Amour," had an enormous success. The last one roused such enthusiasm that I had to repeat it three times.
Stefan: How wonderful!
Felix: Nicholas and Polia waited for me in the wings afterwards, greatly excited. The manager suddenly appeared with a huge bouquet of flowers and warmly congratulated me. I found it difficult to keep a straight face so I thanked him as best I could, gave him my hand to kiss, and dismissed him hastily.
Stefan: Did you leave then to go celebrate?
Felix: We enjoyed ourselves right there at the theater. Strict orders had been given that no one should enter my dressing room, but while Nicholas, Polia and I rolled on the sofa in convulsions of laughter, flowers and love letters poured in. Officers whom I knew very well asked me to supper with them at the "Bear"...Of course I longed to accept, but Nicholas expressly forbade it and took me with all our friends to finish the evening with the gypsies. We were all quite drunk within a couple of hours and later on I was finally obliged to stand on a table and sing to the accompaniment of guitars.
Stefan: It sounds so very remarkable. A night that would be hard for one to duplicate.
Felix: Duplicate it we tried. I appeared six times at The Aquarium without a hitch, but on the seventh evening I saw some friends of my mother staring at me through opera glasses. They recognized me from my likeness to my mother and also knew the jewels I was wearing.
Stefan: Oh dear.
Felix: And so the scandal came out. My parents made a terrific scene and did their best to humiliate me into submission. But Nicholas loyally took the blame and said it was all his fault. My parents' friends and the companions of our bohemian life were sworn to secrecy. They kept their word and the affair was hushed up. But my career as a cabaret singer was nipped in the bud I'm afraid (giggling).
Stefan (smiling): Very regrettable. I should have liked to seen you perform.
Felix: Yes, well, at least I did not give up those disguises which provide me with such delightful amusement.
Stefan: Your highness I understand you're family is the wealthiest in all of Russia...next to the Imperial Family of course.
Felix: Please my dear fellow, call me Felix. Yes I suppose you're right. It never occurs to me.
Stefan: You must have seen much of the world.
Felix: Actually we seldom travel abroad. There is so much to see here in Russia. We have estates scattered all over the country, many so far from St. Petersburg that we've never seen at all. (chuckling) One of our estates in the Caucasus stretches for a hundred and twenty-five miles along the Caspian Sea.
Stefan (surprised giggle) Are you joking?
Felix Yusupov: Not at all. The crude petroleum is so abundant that the soil seems soaked with it, and the peasants use it to grease their cart wheels.
Stefan (laughing): Do tell me more.
Felix Yusupov: Our private coach is attached to the train when we go on these visits. It's all so well furnished and quite lovely. My parents of course had a large bedroom, a private study for him as well. My mother has a sun room where she goes to read and escape sometimes.
Stefan: Escape? Even on your private family trips?
Felix Yusupov: Oh there's nothing private about them. We have dozens of friends and staff who join us. On all our journeys we are accompanied by a host of people without whom my father could not exist.
Stefan (smiling): In how many provinces did you say you have a palace to visit?
Felix Yusupov (putting out his cigarette in an ash tray): Seventeen.
Stefan (leaning back in his chair): Seventeen! My lord. It must hurt your head just to think about owning so much and the responsibility that will fall to you one day...yes?
Felix Yusupov: Well my brother Nicholas is the heir to our fortune. But we are quite close. So, yes, I suppose there is much to consider.
Stefan (gazing at the Prince): Indeed so.
Felix Yusupov (pausing to smile in return and then raising his voice): Oh well, what do I worry? I'm off to Oxford next year. I'm young, I'm adored, I'm rich, and dammit I'm going to enjoy myself for now!
Stefan: Hear, hear! We shall dance with gypsies tonight!
Felix Yusupov (raising his wine glass): Yes, it will be more than a party...it will be a celebration! Cheers my darling man!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 25, 2012, 03:13:40 PM
Scene shifts to Felix being awakened one morning, June 23, 1908, by his private valet Ivan...

Ivan (rousing Felix from his sleep): Your highness...your highness! Please come quickly, something terrible has happened!

Felix, half dressed jumps out of bed and rushes towards his mother's room. While racing down the hallway he sees the faces of many servants appearing grieve stricken while his own face goes pale. He is then shown bursting through a pair of doors into his father's dressing room. The Count stands pale as death before a stretcher on which Nicholas's brother's body lay. His mother kneels beside the body in tears and rants off a string of nonsensical words. Felix's eyes well up in tears and he staggers towards his mouring parents, throwing hinself into the outstretched arms of his father.

The scene shifts to some days later. Nicholas's body is shown having been placed at the chapel and an endless procession of family and friends has lined up to mourn the fallen prince. While in line we catch up with Grand Duke's Dimitri Constantinovich and Nicholas Nikolaevich discussing the death of Nicholas Yusupov...

Grand Duke Dimitri: I fear this a blow from which the Yusupov family might not be able to recover.
Grand Duke Nicholas: Yes, the two sons we're know quite well to enjoy themselves, but one never could have foreseen this.
Grand Duke Dimitri: I hear the incident took place in the early morning on Prince Belosselsky's estate, on the Island of Krestovsky. Rumor has it that Prince Nicholas would not fight and his assassin initially fired and missed.
Grand Duke Nicholas: He would not fire? How foolish!
Grand Duke Dimitri: I suppose he could not bring himself to kill a man who he had already wronged.
Grand Duke Nicholas: This woman. I understand they were to be married in secret. But the Count and Princess did not approve and it was broken off. So she resolved to return to her lover and marry him instead.
Grand Duke Dimitri: Yes, and the prince could not ultiumately accept that arrangement. He followed her to Paris and the two of them rekindled their love affair.
Grand Duke Nicholas: It's just awful that such a tragedy had to occur in order to teach these consumate playboys a lesson.
Grand Duke Dimitri: Indeed. Young Felix would do well to learn from such behavior and change his ways.
Grand Duke Nicholas (pausing): Look at him up there (glancing near the front of the line where Felix is shown receiving mourners). He'll be the wealthiest man in Russia. He comes from one of the most prominent families in all of Europe. I pray to God that the Count and Princess can move past this tragedy and that the heir to their fortunate does something to make them proud. Do something for the good of Russia.

Scene fades and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 25, 2012, 03:23:51 PM
edubs - Do you see all of the character development used in the final cut or are you just using these passages to get into the mood or the times?

I believe that too much material will over load the whole process and bringing in the childhood of too many characters will simply put off those who either don't have time to sit through these scenes, don't know enough about the characters for the scenes - no matter how well developed - to make sense to them, or simply don't care about character development.

I remember going to see a movie about Queen Victoria. During one scene, the Queen and Prince Albert are talking to Vicky and Fritz. Vicky holds up the future Kaiser Wilhelm still in skirts. I knew that and I am sure that the authors wanted to indicate that QV was his grandmother and Vicky was his mother, but most of the crowd didn't know what was gong on or who the baby was.

Its odd, I don't remember the next scene at all.

Just posted three more scenes above. I have two others to add still. One will be with Felix speaking with Dmitri Pavlovich in 1912 or '13 and the other will show him visiting Rasputin for the first time.

This is most certainly character development and the scenes are to be viewed as a string one after another. The killing of Rasputin and its perpetrators is obviously an essential piece to this story. Had Felix been a less interesting character I would probably have only made a point to introduce him shortly before the murder in 1916. As it were I think him fascinating and the audience finding much to be interested in. But, yes, it's also helpful as a 'mood of the times'. A peak into the world of a wealthy. young, carefree (and bisexual) royal. Something outside the tightly guarded palace walls but not also something having to specifically do with the revolution itself. A nice detour and rather amusing I think.

The audience might not understand the significance of Felix, and the scenes I've chosen to include, immediately, but I think they'll get it once we begin the build up to and subsequent elimination of Rasputin. Just a thought of course...not saying these aren't scenes that can't be trimmed down or cut out completely. Just keep in mind that we need to make this entertaining, not just historically significant.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 26, 2012, 01:07:07 AM
Good scenes developing the guy that will kill Rasputin.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 26, 2012, 04:56:41 AM
Yes, I think we need to develop Yussupov and Dimitri P as characters well before the murder of Rasputin. We can also use them to show some of the dissolute behaviour that Alexandra so much disapproved of.

A couple of small points (as usual):
1) Yussupov says himself in Lost Splendours that pupils from his school were banned from nightclubs and all the fashionable restaurants (along with members of the Corps des Pages and the various military schools).
2) Was Edward VII actually hairy? I don't know, but in any case how would Yussupov find out without a certain amount of undressing? Presumably the king would be in white tie, or at any rate black tie, in either case with stiff shirt. You might have Yussupov say that when he saw the backs of his hands he realised he must be dreadfully hairy. Alternatively, the young officers with whom Yussupov dined in a private room at the Bear were dreadfully hairy - I think a spot of unbuttoning of military tunics would be OK here.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on December 26, 2012, 04:52:36 PM
It will be interesting to see them develop to the point where they figure Rasputin has to go.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 26, 2012, 08:04:07 PM
In a fashionable St Petersburg Salon two ladies are discussing current events September 1904
Lady 1: The Minester of the Interior is Prince Sviatopolk-Mirsky. Do you know anything about him?
Lady 2: He is supposedly a man of the highest liberal princepils.
Lady 1: What a change from Plehve
Lady 2: A good part of the Baltic fleet is about to sail for the Pacific. Most of the newspapers have been speculating the sainty of sending a fleet with no bases on the way around the world.
Lady 1: I don't put to much faith in those newspapers. Admiral rozhdestvenski is is command. He is a real sailor and Turkish war hero.
Lady 2: Unlike the Grand Admiral "7 puds of august flesh", as the sailors call the grand Duke Alexis also of fast women and slow ships fame.
Lady 1: Yes, everyone was greatly impressed with the gunnery demonstration he put on for the Kaiser and Tsar 2 years ago.
Lady 2: I have heard you had a relative sailing with the fleet.
Lady 1: Yes he is a midshipman on the battleship Alexander III
Lady 2: What a lucky fellow! this ship is one our latest battleships many of the crew are from the Guarde Equipage and the Dowager Empress is the honorary commander. No doubt are fleet will sweep the japanese from the seas when it arrives.
(The two ladies wander offtwo naval officers who have been standing nearby comment on them:)
Officer 1: Do you think we should tell them whats really going on?
Officer 2: You mean sending the 2nd pacific Squadron to the Pacific is a fools errand and has little chance of success?
Officer 1: yes
Officer 2: That many of our ships are obsolete hulks unfit for combat.
Officer 1: Yes.
Officer 2: That most of our sailors are recently called up illerate conscripts who have never seen a electric light bulb before they joined the navy or reservists who everything they learned is obsolete and useless.Along with some criminal and revolutionary scum.
Officer 1: Yes,
Officer 2: That Admiral Rozhdestvensky Turkish war hero record is overblown and putting on a gunnery show for the Kaiser and Tsar while spectacular has little to do with real war?
Officer 1: Yes, but on second thoughts we shouldn't it might upset them too much. Also Rozhdestvensky is still better than most of the other admirals we have.
Officer 2 I understand on the battleship Orel there is an engineer who has a library of revolutionary books ect.
Officer 1: Yes, he's one of civilian engineers we had to call up since the navy doen't have enough to go around. this should help the crew pass the time on the way to the Pacific.
Officer 2: Earlier on today a lady asked why men aern't lining up to join the fleet. i told her all a sailor has to look forward to is low pay, rotten food, frequent beatings, signs on parks that say "Dogs, beggars, all lower ranks of the army and navy not allowed", and a voyage round the world to die in a battle we have little chance of winning.
Officer 1: On the other hand we have Moisei Ginsaberg supplying us. He does good work.
Officer 2: Doesn't the Tsar and everyone know this man is a Jew!?
Officer 1: His Imperial Majesty does but Ginsberg is about the only man who can supply the Squadron on the voyage.
(Final Note: Moisei Ginberg a Jewish contractor did supply the Russian Baltic Fleet on its voyage to the Pacific. Believe it or not.)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 26, 2012, 10:41:57 PM
Yes, I think we need to develop Yussupov and Dimitri P as characters well before the murder of Rasputin. We can also use them to show some of the dissolute behaviour that Alexandra so much disapproved of.

A couple of small points (as usual):
1) Yussupov says himself in Lost Splendours that pupils from his school were banned from nightclubs and all the fashionable restaurants (along with members of the Corps des Pages and the various military schools).
2) Was Edward VII actually hairy? I don't know, but in any case how would Yussupov find out without a certain amount of undressing? Presumably the king would be in white tie, or at any rate black tie, in either case with stiff shirt. You might have Yussupov say that when he saw the backs of his hands he realised he must be dreadfully hairy. Alternatively, the young officers with whom Yussupov dined in a private room at the Bear were dreadfully hairy - I think a spot of unbuttoning of military tunics would be OK here.

Ann

Well Anne that's pretty expert analysis as usual. I'm going to start by addressing your second point that is spot on. I think I can tweak this somewhat to keep the "dreadfully hairy" line which I find amusing but now know is not specifically about the King. I have been reading through "Lost Splendor" but must have gotten things a tad mixed up...

Felix (entering the taxi): It was, it was very much so. But these older men...they are so kind and gentle and romantic, but I could never be attracted to them physically.
Nicholas: Oh? Even one so powerful as the King of England?
Felix: Well he was leaning over and touching my arm and mother's necklace drew his attention as well. From the back of his hand and the little I could see of his arm I imagine him to be the type of man that doesn't interest me.
Nicholas: And what type is that?
Felix: I'm afraid he might be the dreadfully hairy type (bursts out laughing)!

To your first observation, should I take this to mean that pupils weren't allowed at clubs because of their age or some other reason? This would alter the scene of course, as for now I have him barred on account of his age.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on December 27, 2012, 09:07:19 AM
Erik

I don't think the schoolboys etc were all banned from clubs and restaurants simply because of their age. The younkers of the various military schools were subject to the ban, and some at least were in their early 20s - Gustav Mannerheim was 22 when he graduated from the Nikolaevsky Cavalry School. Yussupov also says somewhere in 'Lost Splendours' that there were places he shouldn't really have gone into in 1915-16 because he was a member of the Corps des Pages - and he was nudging 30 at the time!

As I understand it, if anyone subject to the ban tried to get into one of the places covered by the ban, the staff would turn them away. In 'Russian Hussar' by Vladimir Littauer, the author's mother tried taking him to the Bear for lunch a few days before he was commissioned, and he was duly turned away.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 27, 2012, 10:36:15 AM
Erik

I don't think the schoolboys etc were all banned from clubs and restaurants simply because of their age. The younkers of the various military schools were subject to the ban, and some at least were in their early 20s - Gustav Mannerheim was 22 when he graduated from the Nikolaevsky Cavalry School. Yussupov also says somewhere in 'Lost Splendours' that there were places he shouldn't really have gone into in 1915-16 because he was a member of the Corps des Pages - and he was nudging 30 at the time!

As I understand it, if anyone subject to the ban tried to get into one of the places covered by the ban, the staff would turn them away. In 'Russian Hussar' by Vladimir Littauer, the author's mother tried taking him to the Bear for lunch a few days before he was commissioned, and he was duly turned away.

Ann

Thanks for the explanation. I'll rework the dialogue accordingly. I'll drop the line about the 'schoolboy' uniform and simply refer to the ban in effect preventing Felix from entering. Basically something along the lines of, "Felix Yusupov won't be allowed to enter, but Madame Felixovna will!"
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 27, 2012, 02:12:12 PM
September, 1912 – Alexander Park, Tsarskoe Selo

Next scene takes us to Tsarskoe Selo where Felix Yusupov is shown in an open carriage riding through Alexander Park with Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich. After a few moments the camera zooms in on the young men and their conversation...

Felix: It must be nice knowing through all these years that the imperial family has taken such a liking to you.
Dmitri: I am the adopted son of the Grand Duchess Elisabeth, and they’ve taken on an active role in my upbringing ever since Grand Duke Serge was killed. They exiled my father Paul. Surely they feel it’s their responsibility to look after me some. Maria and I.
Felix: Oh don’t be silly, your connection runs deeper than blood lines and guilt…you are a favorite of the Tsar.
Dmitri: I suppose.
Felix: Well suppose this…I’m hearing rumors Dmitri. Olga Nikolaevna is seventeen this November. Some believe the Tsar and Empress to already be angling her towards a suitable husband.
Dmitri (smiling dismissively): Don’t be silly.
Felix: Rubbish! You are at the top of anyone’s list. A Grand Duke, son of the Tsar’s uncle, the Empress’s favorite sister is your guardian…
Dmitri (interrupting with eyes rolling sarcasm): Oh go on please!
Felix: Attractive, tall, elegant, well-bred…plus I hear young Olga has no desire to leave Russia or marry a foreigner. She’s such a sweet and pretty girl don't you think...hmmmm?
Dmitri (smirking while gasping): Might we change the subject?
Felix (Slouching back into his seat and laughing): Of course we can my dear man!
Dmitri: It’s such a lovely autumn afternoon. Depressing to think it will turn cold and gloomy in such short order.
Felix: No more open carriage rides only means that I will have more time to spend on other activities.
Dmitri: Oh? Your tastes change with the seasons?
Felix: My tastes often change by month or by week.
Dmitri: So I gather.
Felix: My reputation precedes me does it? Well maybe you should come and judge for yourself.
Dmitri: Come where?
Felix: With me, tonight, we’ll take a car into town. We’ll dine, drink, and enjoy the gypsy music and dance until dawn!
Dmitri: I’ve ventured out to many clubs in St. Petersburg you know. I’m not unfamiliar with the scene.
Felix: Ah, yes, but I assure you there are places I know of that are unfamiliar to you. Allow me to escort you tonight Dmitri…I will show you a St. Petersburg that you’ve never seen.

The carriage is shown riding off and we then see a montage of scenes involving Felix and Dmitri and set to music…
•   Dmitri and Felix are shown dining in a busy restaurant and seated at a table with two officers and two young women. All are well dressed and appear to be in good spirits.
•   The two young men are then shown riding in the back of an automobile, laughing, and uncorking a bottle of champagne.
•   Next scene shows them in attendance and surrounded by admirers while on stage gypsies are shown performing song and dance.
•   Final scene shows the Prince and Grand Duke in a private room. They are cheering on a lovely pair of gypsie dancers who perform before them. Other men and women are present, visibly intoxicated, and all are surrounded by bottles of wine and vodka. The clock on the wall indicates that it is just after 6am.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 28, 2012, 09:25:19 PM
Finishing up with my Felix Yusupov scenes for the time being...

Summer, 1909 – St. Petersburg

The scene shifts to Felix’s first meeting with Grigory Rasputin. He has returned from Oxford in England where he has completed his first semester at the university. Encouraged by mutual friends Munia and her mother Lubov Golovina Felix is set to meet with the Starets in the drawing room of their estate on the Winter Canal. They have invited Rasputin for tea and he is due to arrive shortly…

Lubov Golovina (standing to greet Felix as he walks into the room): The Prince has arrived!
Munia Golovina: Felix...darling!

The two women greet Felix warmly and he takes his seat next to them as they pour him a cup of tea…

Lubov Golovina: So well of you to come. Father Grigory will be arriving shortly.
Felix (smiling hesitantly): Very well…there is still so much of this man that remains a mystery to me.
Munia Golovina: Many are suspicious of him, but their suspicion vanishes upon meeting his holiness. The others know not of what they speak.
Lubov Golovina: Yes he is a man of exceptional spiritual power. I understand Felix that you are quite religious and taken with mysticism.
Felix: Well yes but I also retain a healthy dose of skepticism towards those claiming supernatural powers.
Lubov Golovina: It is important to keep a clear focus, of course, but I promise you Grigory Efimovich will not disappoint.
Munia Golovina: I believe he has been sent to us to purify and heal our souls, and to guide our thoughts and actions.
Felix (sipping from his cup): I see.
Munia Golovina (misty eyed and emotional): You must understand Felix. How devastated I was after your darling brother’s death last year. You know this to be true. I loved him…we all loved him. For a while I thought of following in the footsteps of Grand Duchess Elisabeth. She is such a noble woman. I was heartbroken and terribly confused. But then Grigory Efimovich came to me and spoke his words of wisdom. He put me right…put my mind at ease and strengthened my spirituality. We will all see Nicholas again...I am sure of it!
Lubov Golovina (holding her daughter’s hand sympathetically): You see Felix he has no human weaknesses, no vices. Born a simple peasant he is an ascetic whose whole life is devoted to prayer and healing of the sick and weak.

Moments later the doors to the room are opened and in steps the Starets. All three stand and Rasputin looks them over, smiles and first approaches Felix…

Rasputin: Good evening my dear boy!

Rasputin leans over to kiss the Prince on his cheek but is politely rebuffed. Rasputin pauses and smiles and then quickly turns his attention to the women in the room. He takes both in either arm, hugging and kissing them on the cheek and mouth. The four are then shown seated, words are shown being exchanged but drowned out by theatrical music. Rasputin is then shown pacing around the room mumbling under his breath. Lubov, Munia and Felix continue to sit and drink their tea while watching him with great fascination. The scene shifts again and Rasputin can be seen, but not heard, speaking directly to Felix who is shown giving very brief responses. Rasputin studies the Prince with his mysterious eyes seemingly piercing into the soul. Finally the music stops and we are shown Rasputin and the others again standing as he prepares to depart. Rasputin hugs and kisses each of the women and, having acknowledged their previously awkward exchangce smiles and bows in the direction of Yusupov…

Rasputin (pointing towards the women): You see these women Felix…you have faithful friends in them. You should listen to them. They will be your spiritual spouse and mother. Yes, they have spoken very well of you, and I too now see that you are good and you are well suited to each other. As for you my dear boy…you will go far, very far!

The camera focuses back on the faces of Felix and Rasputin starring briefly at each other in dead silence. The scene fades out and cuts away…
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on December 31, 2012, 12:05:53 PM
October, 1909 - Livadia Palace, Crimea

Brief scene catches up with Nicholas sitting in a chair next to Alexandra stretched out in bed. She is again under the weather. We begin by showing the Empress scribbling a note to be delivered to daughter Marie and handing it off to one of her ladies-in-waiting. Nicholas is shown reading attentively in the chair next to her. His right leg folded over the left...

Alexandra (handing off the note): Thank you Sophie (bowing and then leaving the room).
Nicholas (turning his attention toward his wife): Who was that too?
Alexandra (sighing and smiling): Marie. She seems to be feeling rather ignored lately.
Nicholas: I think she misses her mama is all.
Alexandra: She loses confidence easily. She's the sweetest of all but not as headstrong as Olga, or capable as Tatiana.
Nicholas: Or independent as Anastasia.
Alexandra (smirking): Yes. She feels she needs extra affection. The poor little girly wrote me last week saying that at times she doesn't even feel loved.
Nicholas: Nonsense. I cannot think of a single ill word spoken of her. It seems that she is probably the most loved of all.
Alexandra: Just a silly phase for a girl. I imagine feeling the same when I was her age. Of course by then I didn't have a mother... (pausing) I'm preparing a letter for you for your train ride my darling.
Nicholas (smiling): And I shall look forward to reading it.
Alexandra: Yes, you will read my lines while it is carrying you far away from your wifey and children. Your long and lonely journey to Italy.
Nicholas: Made much longer and lonelier by the absence of you and the children.
Alexandra: It is very hard letting you go all alone, but I know you are safe in God's hands. I feel awful for not being able to rally...to be at your side.
Nicholas: You are needed where you are healthy Sunny. You will feel better upon my return, I am sure of it.
Alexandra (taking Nicholas by the hand): How is it that you put up with me? How did I manage to find a man so pure and unselfish, trusting and kind? Yet you are always serene...no matter what battle may be going on inside. You seem to keep all of your struggles to yourself. There is never a word of rebuke if I am naughty...how is this Nicky?
Nicholas (pausing then smiling): Well I suppose I'm just as you say...pure, unselfish, trusting and kind.
Alexandra (smiling): There was a time when I almost enjoyed being invalided. Having you tend to my every need. Nursing your wifey back to health. Now it's awful. I dread the moment of goodbye and I want so desperately to come with you. I hope God will give me strength in the future to behave well. Formerly I could always master myself, but now I have less strength to and it's my despair.
Nicholas: It is hard, I know.
Alexandra (welling up in tears): Oh Nicky, I promise you. I promise to try hard to get well. I must at least be able to accompany you by motor sometimes.
Nicholas (drying her eyes): You mustn't push yourself too hard Sunny. You are a great wife, mother and Empress. I challenge any man to tell me differently.
Alexandra: Thank you...but you know they always want more from me.
Nicholas: I don't care what they want. The court can have their gossip. It is we who rule this country.
Alexandra (smiling contently): I do love it so when you put your fist down. You must do so more often.
Nicholas (smirking): Yes you're right. (pausing) It's getting late (looking at the clock on the wall). Time now for Dr. Botkin to have a look at you. I'll send for him.
Alexandra: It is so hard to let you go...me not like it.
Nicholas (smiling): Me not like it either.

The couple embrace each other and Dr. Botkin is then shown being led into the room moments later. We see him opening his bag having placed it on a desk and preparing his medical equipment. Nicholas, still sitting by his wife's bed and taking her by the hand can be seen speaking to the doctor (his words drowned out by the film score), while Alexandra lies her head back into the pillows starring straight ahead, a slight grin on her face and in complete silence. The scene fades out.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on December 31, 2012, 03:26:11 PM
Hmmm - a "slight grin?"  That sounds like a spoiled brat who just got her own way and is reveling in her victory.

Perhaps a "sweet smile"? Unless you truly were indicating that she likes getting her own way and hearing Nicholas tell her how wonderful she is.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 01, 2013, 12:09:13 AM
Alixz, now there's a thought that might fester some :-) of course feel free to take "slight grin" however you want. It's not part of the actual script, just my description of the likely character emotion. A director can work it how they see fit.

But point taken.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 01, 2013, 03:59:15 AM
Just a thought. It may be worth mentioning why Nicholas is going to Italy.

I have a vision of Alexandra as someone who rather enjoyed being ill, so a slight grin fits for me.

Regards

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on January 01, 2013, 10:03:38 AM
That is how I took it. I just wasn't sure that was how edubs meant it. But since you got the same impression as I did, I guess it is the right emotion to convey.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 01, 2013, 10:56:37 AM
Ann, why was he going to Italy? I don't know much more than that he was travelling (some of the way at least) on the Standart and left from Livadia. I know earlier in the year he went alone to Sweden specifically to visit King Gustaf.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: amelia on January 01, 2013, 11:50:29 AM
Dear Erik,

I really like your script veyr much - I hope you find someone to buy it...


I also want to wish you and yours a very happy new year, full of health and happiness

Eva McDonald
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 01, 2013, 01:27:48 PM
Dear Erik,

I really like your script veyr much - I hope you find someone to buy it...


I also want to wish you and yours a very happy new year, full of health and happiness

Eva McDonald

Why thank you! And to you and yours as well Eva! Hope you're doing some more of your own writing :-)

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on January 01, 2013, 06:27:35 PM
Quote
  1909 Oct.    Italy (Racconigi) 

This is what I found in the thread about the Chronology of Nicholas II as Tsarevich and Tsar

Why did he go? It is said that he went without Alexandra because she was afraid of terrorists.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 01, 2013, 09:45:06 PM
Getting back to some further development of the relationship between Nicholas-Stolypin-Duma. Not a lot of time left for the Prime Minister to leave his mark on our story. Important that we incorporate at least a few more scenes before his time expires...

Autumn, 1909 - Tsarskoe Selo

We catch up on a conversation between Nicholas and Pyotr Stolypin. It's the late afternoon and the two are meeting with one another. There is less tension than before as the two men have come to embrace one another, somewhat, and being in the midst of a relatively peaceful and prosperous time for the empire. Stolypin is seated in a chair, smoking a cigar, while an energetic looking Nicholas is shown pacing slowly behind his desk and glancing around the room and out the window...

Stolypin: If I may say so your majesty you seem rather, well, jovial.
Nicholas (surprised and smiling): Am I not usually so friendly?
Stolypin: Oh it isn't that you're not friendly sire...just that during our usual discussions you seem rather anxious, or irritated by something. Often with good reason of course.
Nicholas (pausing than laughing): Well I suppose you're right. Maybe I am just in a good mood today. It seems that we are having a good run of it lately Pyotr Arkadyevich...would you not agree?
Stolypin (smiling while taking a drag from his cigar): Yes your majesty, I would. There is of course much more work to do. The Duma has supported our demands for military improvements, land reform, and our social welfare measures.
Nicholas (smirking): Your social welfare measures. My vetoing of the Naval bill in May on the other hand seems to have worked perfectly...talked some sense into them.
Stolypin (smiling): Yes, well, the influence of your much reviled land captains has dwindled considerably as well...but there is still more that can be done. More legislative weaknesses that can be exploited.
Nicholas: This Duma cannot be reproached with an attempt to seize power, and there is no need at all to quarrel with it.
Stolypin (pausing): Very well.
Nicholas: Of course Prince Orlov never tires of telling me that the very existence of a Duma is a blot on the autocracy.
Stolypin: A Duma whose powers are held in check becomes both useful and necessary. Orlov is willfully ignorant of the changing world around him. Monarchies and tradition are being threatened everywhere. It takes a wise leader, not merely a powerful one, surrounded by men of vision to lead in the 20th century.
Nicholas (pacing about the room): Hmmm. And then there is General Gerasimov would have me believe that not a single revolutionary organization is still functioning in the entire Russian Empire.
Stolypin: Only a modest exaggeration from Okhrana.
Nicholas: So I should pay no mind to the occasional bloody train robbery or student protest?
Stolypin: Isolated incidents your majesty. The students are naive, foolish young men, susceptible to Zionist conspiracies and even the most banal literature. Let them make some noise and rattle a few chains. Then we'll come along a slap their knuckles with our rulers.
Nicholas (chuckling): I know how you enjoy corporal punishment Mister Prime Minister. I would hate to have you for a professor.
Stolypin (smiling): Better to be feared than loved.
Nicholas (turning to look out the window): My father was both feared and loved. A great Tsar must be. I've struggled to strike a balance between the two.
Stolypin: Due respect to your great father he did not have as much to deal with as you. He did not rule for as long either. Give it time. Progress is often slow and agonizing, but it is measurable.

Nicholas stares at Stolypin, his hands linked behind his back, as those pleased with his response. A knock on the door and an Aide-de-camp enters the room...

ADC: Your majesty, Mister Prime Minister, excuse me. The Empress is requesting your presence in the drawing room. She informs me that your distinguished guests have arrived and they are taking tea.
Nicholas: Oh yes, let the Empress know I'll be over momentarily (ADC bows and closes the door behind him).
Stolypin (rising from his chair as though preparing to leave): Well your majesty I should be taking my leave.
Nicholas (walking over towards Stolypin): Why don't you join us?
Stolypin (surprised): Sire?
Nicholas: You should come, for tea anyway. I'm sure the Crown Prince and Princess Margaret would enjoying meeting you.
Stolypin: And the Empress?
Nicholas (smirking): I think it's time my wife gets to know you a bit better, don't you? She can't help but be suspicious of anyone in government who speaks their mind. It's not in her nature to be trusting you see.
Stolypin (hesitantly): Yes, I understand.
Nicholas: She's even more of an autocrat than I. She won't warm to Prime Minister Stolypin, but she can learn to personally like Pyotr Arkadyevich.
Stolypin (nodding and grinning): Well of course I am at the service of you and her majesty.
Nicholas (extending his arm and pointing towards the door): After you then.
Stolypin: Thank you sire.

Both men are shown exiting the door being opened by a sentry. The scene fades then cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 02, 2013, 03:00:33 PM
Hello Erik

I don't know why Nicholas was going to Italy either. If we can't find out, it might be best to move this scene to when Nicholas was going somewhere else without her.

It's perhaps a bit late in the day, but he went to Victoria Louise's wedding by himself.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 02, 2013, 03:36:25 PM
Hello Erik

I don't know why Nicholas was going to Italy either. If we can't find out, it might be best to move this scene to when Nicholas was going somewhere else without her.

It's perhaps a bit late in the day, but he went to Victoria Louise's wedding by himself.

Ann

Well I did read that was he was specifically going on a trip alone to Italy. I didn't make that up in other words, so it did in fact happen and around the time that I have suggested here in my writing. Whatever, the audience is surely going to accept the fact that as a world leader Nicholas traveled quite often. I wouldn't think they'd demand to know the details of how and why in each instance.

On a side note I see you have posted several new scenes in continuing on with your story. I very much look forward to reading them Ann!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on January 02, 2013, 07:00:28 PM
There is so much about Nicholas II and his personal life and travels without Alexandra that are unknown to us simply because they don't make good reading when the author is concentrating on the "love story" and the murder at the end of it.

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 02, 2013, 08:52:46 PM
Reval 26 September 1904 The Imperial train arrives and out steps Nicholas II in Naval Uniform. The honor guard snaps to attention. Admiral Rozhdestvenski salutes the tsar and introduces him the his subordinates Rear Admirals Baron Von Felkham (short, very fat, clean shaven, comic voice, good sailor) and Enquist (short long white beard, inept, got the job because he had a relative in the naval minestry). After the exchange of salutes Nicholas prodeeds past the honor guard with the Admirals, Alexandra carrying Alexei, Maria Fed, Queen Olga of Greece, GDS Xenia and her husband GD Sandro.
 Scene at lunch on the yacht Standart Nicholas to Rozhdestvenski: After lunch I will begin my inspections of the ships as planned. The Empress will not be coming as she feels it would be too cold for her and the heir.  She has presented all the ships with hand-made chalices. Queen Olga is going to present all ship captains with mother of pearl crosses.
Rozhdestvenski: The ships are ready for your inspection Sire. The chalices from the Empress were most welcome and no doubt the crosses from the queen will be equally welcome.

Scene: Nicholas II boards a ship the crew indress uniforms snap to attention. Everything is scrubed, painted, polished ect. The Tsar gives a speech to the crew where he vows vengence on the "...insolent Japanese who had troubled the peace of holy Russia.." It ends with "... I wish you a victorious campaign and a happy return to your native land." The crew were impressed.

From Tide at Sunrise and the Tsar's last armada
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 02, 2013, 11:07:46 PM
I like the scene you've detailed James, it creates a nice visual. Continuing on...

Next we are shown various clips of Rasputin’s controversial daily routine. For the most part the dialogue is being drowned out by the film score...

- Rasputin is sitting at a table surrounded by admirers. A young woman sits across his lap while he strokes the long brown hair of her friend seated in the chair next to him.
- We see him in bed sipping from a glass of wine with two women on either side of him undressing and preparing to perform sexual acts.
- In another scene he is shown listening in to the ear piece of his telephone while an opera singer on the other line belts out one of his favorite tunes. Rasputin takes the phone and dances around the room, rather clumsily, before the electric chord winds up wrapping around him.
- Another woman is shown lying on a couch with her eyes closed and lips trembling as Rasputin stands directly over her. The camera then zooms in on him whispering into her left ear, “You think that I am polluting you, but I am not. I am purifying you.”

We then cut briefly to a scene involving Nicholas, Alexandra, Olga Alexandrovna, Anna Vyrubova and Rasputin sitting and finishing up tea in the drawing room at Anna’s cottage. Rasputin, the Tsar, Empress and Anna are all smiles and laughter while Olga sits contently. She grins slightly as though listening to a joke that she isn’t in on but finds the laughter of her guests amusing none the less. Nicholas and Alexandra continue, reminiscing about something humorous from their past while out of the corner of her eye Anna catches the Starets starring directly at her, then quickly over to Olga (who is not paying attention), and then back at Anna. It appears to be a signal of some sort and almost immediately Anna rises to her feet…

Anna Vyrubova (excitedly): Oh dear how could I have forgotten!
Alexandra (calming herself down from her laughter): What is it Anna?
Anna Vyrubova: I must show you and the Tsar a private letter I received just yesterday.
Nicholas: What sort of private letter?
Anna Vyrubova: The affectionate kind. Sent to me from a dashing young officer who has taken a liking to me!
Alexandra: Oh how lovely. Yes was must have a look.
Anna Vyrubova (directing her attention to Olga): Your highness you won’t mind if we leave you for a moment? It will be for only a couple of minutes.
Olga Alexandrovna: Oh no, I don’t mind.
Rasputin: I will keep her highness company. Anna you must invite this boy to meet with me.
Anna Vyrubova: Yes indeed I will!

Anna leads the Tsar and Empress out of the room and as soon as they exit Rasputin gets up from his chair and begins to move closer to Olga Alexandrovna...

Rasputin: Such a good hearted child that Anna is.
Olga Alexandrovna: Yes she’s very nice. Extremely dedicated to the Empress.
Rasputin: As are you my dear. But Anna does not possess your charms.

A slight and uncomfortable grin passes across Olga’s face as Rasputin moves in behind the chair she is seated in…

Rasputin (standing directly behind her): It pleases me to see you again. I would be grateful to see you more often my child.

Rasputin places both hands on either shoulder of the Grand Duchess and with the back of his right hand begins to stroke her right arm. The camera focuses in on a terrified looking Olga. She closes her eyes, takes a deep gulp, and then rises from her chair to immediately walk across and out of the room. Rasputin, looking rather amused, begins fiddling with his beard and sits back down.

The scene cuts quickly to just days later. The streets of St. Petersburg are shown engulfed by a winter storm. Sleet, snow and freezing rain pour down heavily as the temperatures are unseasonably warm on this particular evening. Anna Vyrubova exits a carriage holding an umbrella and quickly makes her way up to the entrance of Olga Alexandrovna’s palace. She is let in by a maid and a surprised Olga meets her just inside the doorway...


Olga Alexandrovna: Madame Vyrubova? What on earth…?
Anna Vyrubova (wet, disheveled and breathing heavily): Thank you for receiving me your highness. I won’t be long. I’m just a messenger.
Olga Alexandrovna (motioning toward the maid): Ellena, fetch a towel would you please?
Ellena: Yes your highness.
Olga Alexandrovna: Messenger for whom? And you could not have phoned rather than to subject yourself to this terrible weather we are having?
Anna Vyrubova (being led down a hallway and into a room): It’s Father Grigory.
Olga Alexandrovna: Did something happen to him?
Anna Vyrubova: No, he is quite alright. But he is terribly concerned that he may have offended you during your recent visit to my home.
Olga Alexandrovna (pausing with a bemused expression): It doesn’t matter. I am fine.
Anna Vyrubova: He wanted to apologize in person but he was worried you would not receive him.
Olga Alexandrovna: Well he’s probably onto something there.
Anna Vyrubova: He wishes to see you again your highness. He tells me and the Tsar and Empress how much he admires you. That you’re such a strong woman and a perfect lady.
Olga Alexandrovna: Tell him that I appreciate his compliments and I more than accept his apology, and that I do not wish to see him.
Anna Vyrubova: Oh please, forgive me my lady, but he wants to see you so much! He has offered to meet you anywhere and at any time of your convenience.
Olga Alexandrovna (raising her voice and responding curtly): Anna I know how you so admire this man. I understand what Alix, my brother and others see in him also. But there is a line one must draw between receiving a Holy Man for his occasional wisdom and services, and making him part of one’s inner circle. I respect Grigory Efimovich, what he has done to help the young Tsarevich in particular, and do not doubt the sincerity of his devotion towards imperial family, or to you. But he is not someone I deign to consort with. Tell him Olga Alexandrovna says no! I do not imagine that is a word he hears often enough!
Anna Vyrubova (embarrassed and bewildered): Forgive me your highness…I will take my leave now. (turns and heads towards the door).
Olga Alexandrovna (watching her walk away and feeling sympathy): Anna! Wait, please. It’s a mess outside. Stay and visit for a while won't you? Lets warm you up with some hot tea by the fire. We can sit and talk as ladies do.
Anna Vyrubova (turning around and smiling): Oh, yes, thank you your highness…very kind of you!
Olga Alexandrovna (taking her coat): So this officer you mentioned the other day. He fancies you does he?

The background music starts up and the scene fades out then cuts away…
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 02, 2013, 11:08:08 PM
January, 1911 - Tsarskoe Selo

Next scene takes us back to a meeting in Alexander Palace involving Nicholas and Pyotr Stolypin. The mood is quite different this time and the alarmed Prime Minister has returned to speak alone and press the Tsar on the growing issue of concern that is Grigory Rasputin. We pick things up early in their conversation...

Nicholas (irritated but calm): I've heard these accusations before Mister Prime Minister, and if they continue for much longer I will personally see to it that every last newspaper in Russia seizes to print. These damn ignorant fools exaggerate and sensationalize every story. My family has been dealing with it for generations now. Please tell me you have something more to report than handful of scandalous accusations made against a pious servant of Russia, and his relationship with the Imperial Family!
Stolypin: Well your majesty it seems the monk Iliodor, who is close with Rasputin, is also under suspicion. The report I am holding from General Kurlov suggests he has been giving some rather fiery sermons of late.
Nicholas: Iliodor has always been loyal to the throne.
Stolypin: Now he is calling on his followers to use violence against the authorities. And he's hiding behind your name sire. He claims that most officials are traitors to the empire. Kurlov calls him a "downright maniac".
Nicholas: What does this have to do with Grigory Efimovich?
Stolypin: He's been defending the monk's behavior your majesty. During two recent sermons before a crowd of thousands Iliodor suggested that there was nothing wrong with Rasputin kissing women at random and bathing with them. We have reports of drunken orgies with gypsies. Just recently I've heard stories of him tempting innocent young women to visit his home under the guise of a sort of spiritual confession. Many of these women have husbands. He hypnotizes and then sleeps with him. Manipulating their bodies as well as their minds.
Nicholas (indignantly): He is still human. He has vices. I refuse to acknowledge a few reports of unsavory activities being justification for his removal from the city. We aren't even certain how much of what we hear is true. There are many who are jealous of Grigory Efimovich. Many who would like to see him disgraced. They will say most anything...
Stolypin (interrupting): Your majesty it is not an issue of the law, but of principle and public perception. The synod has reprimanded Iliodor...they've ordered him to leave Tsaritsyn, but he has refused to go. Instead there is Rasputin meddling in the affairs of the church and lobbying both the clergy and your majesties to overrule their authority on the manner. Through means of subterfuge one might say.
Nicholas (pausing and taking a deep breath): I received a letter from Witte recently. He claims that what is happening cannot help but weaken the influence of the church and arouse fears for the future of Russia.
Stolypin: I must agree with his assessment.
Nicholas: The you should meet him.
Stolypin: With Count Witte?
Nicholas (looking out a window with his back to the Prime Minister): With Rasputin...meet him in person and see for yourself that he is sincere and misunderstood.
Stolypin (pausing): I should like to bring Kurlov along with me. If this Rasputin is as righteous and impressive as you suggest he'll take no issue with speaking candidly to the two of us.
Nicholas (turning back around to face Stolypin and nodding): Very well...I'll set up the meeting. He'll feel more comfortable if he is summoned directly by Tsarskoe Selo than by the office of the Prime Minister.
Stolypin: Yes, thank you sire.

The scene cuts immediately to Rasputin entering Stolypin's study. Led into the room he moves slowly towards the Prime Minister and General Kurlov who rise from their chairs seated behind a desk. The Starets is greeted and shakes hands with both men, silent, and a hypnotic stare directly into their eyes...

Stolypin: We appreciate you coming.
Rasputin: I always come at the urging of the Tsar. Father to all of Russia.
Stolypin: Would you like some tea?
Rasputin: No I am not thirsty.
Stolypin (pouring himself and Kurlov a cup as he continues to speak): Grigory Efimovich you have been asked here today because of the growing concerns of the government towards what are a series of rather unpleasant rumors involving you and some of your associates.
Rasputin: What sort of rumors? People are always making up stories about me.
Stolypin: Many reports of your unsavory activities. Some might be considered borderline illegal.
Rasputin: I am a man of God, but I am cursed with sin, just as any ordinary man. No more, no less.
Kurlov: So you do not deny the accusations?
Rasputin (pausing then smiling): My dear gentleman. For every fool who tries to slander me I will introduce to you ten of my admirers who worship me.
Stolypin: You are cunning Grigory Efimovich. The imperial family is quite taken with you. There are also allies in the church and perhaps a few in St. Petersburg and beyond who have fallen for your mysticism and charms. But you have many more enemies. Still I am interested in none of this. My duty is to preserve and protect the empire.
Rasputin: Your duty is to preserve and protect the government. It is the Tsar and Empress who rule the empire, not the Duma or the Ministers...And it is through men like me that they hear the true voices of their loyal subjects, and are guided by God's will.
Stolypin: You claim speak for the almighty do you?

Rasputin leans back in his chair, closes his eyes, and begins to utter some incoherent quotations from the Bible. Stolypin and Kurlov glance at one another and then back at Father Grigory, equally intrigued and disgusted. Moments later Rasputin finishes, opens his eyes wide and stares silently at each man...

Stolypin: May we continue?
Rasputin: You men are wrong about me. I am a most harmless and peaceful man.
Kurlov (raising his voice): Now listen to me! I have documented evidence against you. In this very report that I hold in my right hand (holding it up and waving it back in forth). I could squash you by bringing you to trial! This meeting was no more than a courtesy. You will be ordered to leave St. Petersburg without delay.
Rasputin (standing up in anger): You men are fools! I will not be threatened by you...you will be cursed! I am protected by God and by the Tsar and Empress. They will hear of this!
Kurlov (as Raputin turns his back and storms out of the room): Go back to your village Grigory Efimovich...and never appear here again!...Never again!

The door slams shut and the scene immediately cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 03, 2013, 03:55:45 AM
Erik

Apologies if what I said came out all wrong. I thought you could simply have Nicholas say something like, 'Sunny, darling, I wish didn't have to leave you, but I really have to go to  [whatever it is].'

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 03, 2013, 09:16:41 AM
Oh no problem whatsoever!

I need to make a correction on my own writing that's a little embarrassing. Nicholas starts his conversation by describing his irritation with the news media to Stolypin. I have him saying "seizes" to print when of course it should say "ceases" to print :-P
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 03, 2013, 09:19:22 AM
I did like your depiction of Olga Alexandrovna by the way.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 03, 2013, 06:16:34 PM
From the Tsar's last Armada: Capt Bukhvostov of the battleship Alexander III gave the following speech at a farewell party:
"You wish us victory. It goes without saying we wish it too. But there will be no victory! I am afraid we will lose half the squadron on the way to the Far East. if that does not happen the Japanese will annihilate us. Their ships are better and they are real sailors. i can promise you one single thing: we will all die but never surrender."
There was nothing on how the rest of the guests at the party reacted to this in the book but no doubt it really shocked some people!

Meanwhile back at Port Arthur around this time, an army officer runs into a naval officer he knows
Army officer: Hello again sailor! I thought you were gone for good this time.
Naval officer: So did I. For awhile it looked like we were going to get away to Vladivostok, but the flagship took a hit that killed the Admiral and tossed the squadron into confusion. Rear Admiral Prine Ukhtomski if he had decided to push on to Vladivostok regardless a good part of the squadron probably would have made it. Being the coward that he is, he turned back to Port Arthur! He has been replaced by Capt. Viren of the cruiser Bayan but he is afraid to run for it in part because part of the squadron is interned and the force we have left, 5 battleships and one cruiser that are seaworthy or can be made seaworthy, is to small to take on the Japanese. So it looks like we sailors are stuck here until the Baltic Fleet shows up or the fortress falls. If the latter occurs we will lose all our ships.
Army officer: Well I am glad you're here,  Men and guns from the Squadron will help us in our defense of the fortress
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 04, 2013, 03:55:45 PM
Thanks Ann and good work James!

March, 1911 - Tsarskoe Selo

The next is a continuation of the allegations into Rasputin's behavior. The Empress has been told by the Starets himself of the stormy meeting between he, Stolypin and Kurlov. She is naturally displeased by the attacks but Nicholas, however reserved, is standing by the recommendations of his Prime Minister to banish the Holy Man from St. Petersburg. He talks with Alexandra midday and alone in his private study...

Nicholas (pacing around and agitated while his wife looks up at him from a seated position): We must talk about our friend.
Alexandra (concerned looking): Father Grigory?
Nicholas: Yes.
Alexandra: What is it?
Nicholas: Seems that many believe he has worn out his welcome here in St. Petersburg.
Alexandra: Is that so?
Nicholas: I've spoke at length with Stolypin and the other ministers. They want me to banish him from the city for a period of time no less than six months.
Alexandra (dismissively): Silly, foolish men, as always. They ought to be concerning themselves with matters of the state, not our friend!
Nicholas: Grigory Efimovich is a matter of concern for the state. Or at least that is what he has become...and I am inclined to agree with them.
Alexandra (rising from her chair): You cannot be serious Nicky?
Nicholas (irritated): Why not? Why can't I?
Alexandra: Father Grigory has been a blessing to us, to our entire family! You know as well as I that these men do not know the true Father Grigory. The pious man of God who protects the empire and cures our son! They understand nothing but rumors!
Nicholas: They understand all too much. I read reports, I know of many stories full of unsavory details.
Alexandra: You read what they want you to read Nicky!
Nicholas (pausing and walking away from his wife): Perhaps so...but the public, the ministers, the court...for God's sake members of our own family! They read just the same. Rasputin is a threat to the prestige of the throne. The royal family cannot be seen consorting with such a controversial character...not so often anyway.
Alexandra: You must do what is right! You mustn't listen to these sensationalized rumors and stories. We need him in our lives Nicky!
Nicholas: I have a responsibility. I'd be a fool not to acknowledge what others have told me...many others. You don't care to hear these accusations. You are blinded by your faith and loyalty to him.
Alexandra: Do you not believe in him? All of this time, do you still doubt his sincerity and his love for us?
Nicholas (pausing): Sunny you know how I admire him. I am truly grateful for what he has done. It is because of this that I have ignored almost ever word, every scathing accusation until recently. I won't grant all of their requests, but I do feel it necessary to do something...
Alexandra (interrupting): It is Stolypin isn't it? He has convinced you. Not the other ministers or the Grand Dukes, or what you have read...but the Prime Minister. One man!
Nicholas (pausing and slowly raising his voice): I hear stories of his involvement in the Khlyst. Drunken orgies. Seducing married women. Then there are farcical tales circulating over all of Russia. That he sleeps with you and the girls (grabbing the torn out page from a newspaper off of his desk)...look at this! [cartoon of Rasputin dancing with a naked Empress while the scantily clad Grand Duchess's pray to him on their knees. In the background the Tsar is shown looking on in dismay...helplessly and pathetically].
Alexandra (appalled and crumbling up the page): Filth and lies!
Nicholas (moving closer to her): We know that, but others do not.
Alexandra: What do I care of what others believe?
Nicholas (grabbing her by each arm): Remember not long ago when Madame Tiucheva came to us about our friend? She was horrified to find him lurking around the children's bedrooms. It was perfectly logical for her to be concerned and proper of her to tell us. But instead of growing angry with him you took his improprieties out on her. You dismissed a fine governess from her post!
Alexandra (angrily): What is it that you are suggesting? That I am influence by Grigory Efimovich to the point where I have not a mind of my own?
Nicholas: No Sunny. But you refuse to see what others do. Often so do I...not every report is as ridiculous and untrue as the one in that newspaper. Things have gotten out of hand and I need to control of the situation. My decision has been made!
Alexandra (after a long pause): How long will you be separating him from me?
Nicholas: I should think a four month absence will long enough for things to blow over. Long enough to show the government and the people that we are not subjugates to him.
Alexandra (teary eyes and displeased): I see (moves towards the doorway).
Nicholas (concerned look and following his wife with his eyes): And when he returns he will be welcomed back with open arms.
Alexandra (stopping and turning her attention just before exiting through the doorway): I will tell the children and make the necessary arrangements.
Nicholas: Arrangements?
Alexandra: For Alexei. We must pray every night for his well being. Our saintly friend will not be around to help us for quite some time. And when he does return and while you are welcoming him back with open arms, I will beg for his forgiveness.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 04, 2013, 03:56:05 PM
Alexandra exits the room. The camera zooms back in on Nicholas leaning up against his desk. He is looking down, then takes a deep breath, raises his head, and closes his eyes. The scene cuts away and picks back up immediately with Nicholas addressing the Starets alone in a room...

Nicholas: I hope you can understand that it does not please me, sending you away.
Rasputin: Yes, Batiushka.
Nicholas: That is why I wanted to see you today. To tell you of my decision in person.
Rasputin (bowing): Thank you for your kindness
Nicholas (standing up from his chair): I am not pleased to hear of your many indiscretions. I've know of them for quite some time and it's been weighing on my mind.
Rasputin: Is Matushka very upset with me?
Nicholas: No. She disregards the accusations. I'm not certain she would believe them even if you told her yourself. It seems that her loyalty and devotion to you is unshakable...and I like you as well Grigory Efimovich.
Rasputin: You are saints, and I am your disciple. God will bless and watch over us all. You mustn't worry Batiushka. We will meet again...soon I hope.
Nicholas: I look forward to it.
Rasputin: I will miss you and Matushka, and the children, and some others. But not St. Petersburg.
Nicholas: Oh?
Rasputin: I am not fond of it. I come here because it is here that I am needed. But it is a nest of lies and deceit and temptation. I am a simple man of God. St. Petersburg makes my head ache. It wearies me and fills me with sin.
Nicholas: So you will be journeying home to Pokrovskoe?
Rasputin: No, Jerusalem.
Nicholas (mildly surprised): The holy land?
Rasputin (smiling): Yes! A pilgrimage to the land of Christ. I have wandered before...it is my calling as a servant to God.
Nicholas: I should like to hear of your journey once you arrive home.
Rasputin: Of course, I will share it with you. Share everything.

Nicholas moves closer to shake Rasputin's hand, but instead of shaking it the Starets kneels down and kisses it before reciting a short prayer. The scene fades out and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 05, 2013, 08:40:16 AM
I like it!

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 06, 2013, 12:51:05 AM
Thanks again Ann :-) Moving right along...

December, 1910 - Paris, France

We take a few moments to catch back up with Vladimir Lenin and wife Nadya Krupskaya, still in exile. Lenin's mood over the course of the past year has grown increasingly pessimistic as the Tsarist regime has successfully reasserted it's authority and ousted many of his fellow revolutionaries. The scene picks up with Lenin shown hard at work reading and writing at a desk in his private study. In the kitchen his wife Nadya reads from a French underground newspaper. She comes across a story that visibly alarms her and quickly bursts into the room to report the news to Lenin...

Krupskaya (alarmed and dismayed): Ilyich. Bukarin has been arrested! Did you read this?
Lenin (looking up momentarily and then back down at his desk): Just a moment I’m almost finished.
Krupskaya: You know of this?
Lenin (dropping his pencil and looking up irritated): Yes of course I do.
Krupskaya (walking over and pointing out the article in the paper): Well…this is a disaster! The last remnants of the Moscow Bolshevik are being scooped up and arrested.
Lenin (sarcastically): Yes at this rate every last revolutionary in Russia will have been imprisoned, executed, or exiled by this time next year. If the government was as good for the people as it is at getting rid of them there would be no need for us in the first place!
Kruspskaya (dismayed): What do we do now?
Lenin: What can we do here in Paris...but to read and write and keep working?
Krupskaya: All you do is work.
Lenin: All there is for me to do is work. It’s the only thing that keeps me going, keeps my spirits from sinking to the depths of despair. Work…and of course your loyalty and companionship Nadya.
Krupskaya: I believe in you, so does Inessa. Millions of Russians know your name and will one day anoint you their leader.
Lenin (sinking back in his chair and starring straight ahead at nothing in particular): They do, do they?
Krupskaya (after a pause): The revolution will come swiftly. We must be patient and prepared to lead once it arrives. You still believe Ilyich, don’t you?
Lenin: The past year has been a complete disaster. Bolsheviks left and right are abandoning party work. Stalin and Kamo have been arrested and exiled. Sazonov is dead…so is Tolstoy for that matter. We have been infiltrated by the Okhrana and secret agents. Martov has been calling me out in the press…he and the Mensheviks have many believing the very word “Lenin” stands for obstruction and disunity.
Krupskaya (taking a seat across from her husband): Kautsky has been defending you and denouncing them in kind.
Lenin: Yes, and Trotsky is becoming more of an ally. His “Pravada” newspaper is quite popular with the Russian workers, but it’s not enough. Not here at least, rotting away in exile.  
Krupskaya (after a pause): It could be worse...I understand that home in Russia they are planning the commemoration ceremonies for next year's 50th anniversary of the Emancipation of the Serfs.
Lenin: Yes, Russians will be in a celebratory mood. The poor peasants lulled to sleep yet again by the self aggrandizing and propaganda of the Tsarist regime. They will hail the “Tsar liberator” and force the masses to their knees to worship their hero and holy martyr. Nicholas will then remind them of the blood thirsty revolutionaries who took the life of his grandfather. And after that he will do the only two things he knows how to.
Krupskaya: What is that?
Lenin (camera focusing in closely on his face): Punish anyone who dares to question him…and do everything in his power to convince them that they still need their Tsar.  

Scene fades out and cuts away. We pick things up a few months later and in Kiev with the unveiling of a monument honoring Tsar Alexander II. Several hundred people are in attendance and applaud as three men pull down a cover draping the statue centerpiece. Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich in full uniform steps out in front of the statue, pulls out a speech from his breast pocket and begins to read...

Grand Duke Cyril (reading from his speech): Ladies and gentleman. I thank you all for attending on this most auspicious of occasions. We gather here today not only to unveil a beautiful new memorial but to honor the life of the great Tsar. The Liberator who granted the freedom of 23-million common Russians fifty years ago, on this day, the third of March, eighteen hundred and sixty one. Alexander the second was a giant in the hearts of his countrymen, a powerful leader in the eyes of the world, and a grandfather to me (crowd applauding)…
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 06, 2013, 12:52:01 AM
The Grand Duke continues to read as the scene fades out and we are taken to Alexander Palace and the bedroom of Nicholas and Alexandra. The imperial couple are preparing for bed and engaging in light conversation...

Alexandra: I hear the unveiling of the memorial in Kiev went over quite well.
Nicholas: Yes, Cyril Vladimirovich attended. He gave a speech.
Alexandra: Yes I heard. Rather strange wouldn’t you say? He was just a boy when your grandfather was killed. He couldn’t have been more than four or five. I would think those in attendance would rather have heard from someone who actually remembers the Tsar.
Nicholas: He was merely representing the imperial family. I understand he wanted to go.
Alexandra: Of course he did! Cyril is quite an ambitious fellow, just like the rest of the Vladimirovich’s. Their mother most of all.
Nicholas (smiling): Aunt Miechen?
Alexandra: I’ve never been comfortable around her. I don’t trust her either.
Nicholas: That’s quite a bit of hostility you have towards a well regarded member of the imperial family.
Alexandra (speaking sarcastically while taking off her earrings): They love her for her parties. She is the best hostess in all of St. Petersburg don't you know? I believe she attempts to spite me in her attempts to outdo the court. It seems to always be a game for Maria Pavolvna. A match pitting her Vladimir Palace against the Winter Palace.
Nicholas: I’m surprised to hear you complain at all Sunny. You always tell me how you despise balls and parties, and most formal engagements. At the very least I would think you’d find Miechen useful. Distracting St. Petersburg society so the burden does not fall to you.
Alexandra: It’s no burden. I simply choose not to accept. Your mother loves her. They are such similar women.
Nicholas: I’m sorry to hear mama being so closely associated with someone you dislike.
Alexandra (climbing into bed next to her husband): Oh Nicky, it’s not that…and I apologize if I have gone too far. It’s just that I’ve been your Russian wife for more than sixteen years now. And in all of this time I'm still made to feel like a foreigner. Perhaps I should have spent more time at the court, or been more personable. But where were they opening their arms to me? I was young and frightened. I spoke little Russian. Your father died and we had no time grow together as a normal husband and wife should. We were thrust into the role of Tsar and Empress.
Nicholas (moving close and placing his hand affectionately over her mouth): Shhh shhh shhh…you don’t need to apologize to me Sunny. You have nothing to answer for.
Alexandra (pausing and smiling): Thank you darling…(pausing to kiss one another)…tell me, again, of your grandfather and what you remember. Tell me of his very end.
Nicholas (surprised): Not a very pleasant bedtime story.
Alexandra: Please. I want to hear it. You hold too much inside. You keep things from me, but not because you mean to…only because it’s not in your nature to share your feelings. You have a heart of gold my dear, but it is always guarded.
Nicholas (pausing and shifting around the pillows behind his head): Alright…it started years earlier.
Alexandra: What started?
Nicholas: The attempts on his life. There were several of them. The Tsar who gave the serfs their freedom and granted a long list of reforms was still under constant threat from radical revolutionaries. It was the second Sunday in March, almost thirty years ago. In keeping with his custom every Sunday he attended military roll call at the Mikhailovsky Manege. He was well guarded you see. Six Cossacks, the chief of police and the emperor’s guard accompanying him in an enclosed carriage. They followed their usual route through the Catherine Canal. Suddenly there stood a radical named Rysakov emerging from the crowd who had gathered along the roadside. He was said to be carrying a small package wrapped in a handkerchief, like a gift…
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 06, 2013, 12:52:18 AM
As Nicholas tells Alexandra the story of his grandfather’s assassination he becomes narrator to a scene depicting the events as they are described. It continues on with the young member of the radical “People’s Will” movement, Nikolai Rysakov (shot in slow motion) tossing the bomb contained package underneath the front of the carriage and horses hooves. The explosions knocks Rysakov off his feat, kills at least one horse, a Cossack guard riding alongside and badly wounding the carriage driver. The carriage itself however rocked and rattled survives mostly unscathed…

Shifting to moments later a shaken and bewildered, but unhurt Tsar, emerges and three policeman immediately pounce Rysakov. The Tsar is being attended to by two of the Cossack guards. Through the shouts and screams coming from the crowd and carriage the cossacks can be heard pleading with the Tsar to allow them to carry him off to safety. He agrees but also hesitates and seems to thank God that more damage was not inflicted…

Meanwhile struggling with his detainers Rysakov frantically shouts out “Grinevitsky! Grinevitsky!” to his accomplice still standing among the crowd. Moving forward with a similar looking package in his hand co-conspirator Ignaty Grinevitsky shouts in the direction of the Tsar, “it is too early to thank God”. He then tosses the bomb at the Tsar’s feet and it explodes. The second assassin runs away and the camera focuses in on the bloodied and mangled looking Tsar crying out for help. Two Cossacks are able to lift him up and are shown carrying him away past a crowd of several other wounded pedestrians writhing in pain and crying in despair…

The scene shifts to Alexander II in his dying moments stretched out on a bed. His legs are barely attached and blood seeps both from his lower wounds and partially ripped open stomach. His face was badly mutilated as well with his right eye completely shattered. He breathes heavily and murmurs incoherently as his sobbing wife the former Princess Ekaterina Dolgorukaya leans over her dying husband while being held by a Grand Duchess relative. Other members of the imperial family surround him, tearful or in shock, and two priests stand nearby giving Communion, Extreme Unction, and administer his last rites. The camera focuses in on eldest son Alexander Alexandrovich arm in arm with wife Marie Feoderovna. They speak with the attending physician momentarily before he returns to the bedside of their dying father…

Alexander III (holding up the doctor by his arm as he passes by): Doctor Botkin…how long?
Doctor Botkin (dismayed): Fifteen minutes…perhaps less.
Alexander III (look of anger on his face): Look at what they've done! They called him a liberator. He gave them reforms, and this is how they repay him!...So it shall end with me. They'll never get their parliament so long as I sit on the throne. My father was a great man, but he was wrong about them. I understand what Russia needs. His death will be avenged!

A tearful Marie Feoderovna listens without a word. She is shown clinging to her husband and rests her head on his right arm. Out of the corner of her eye she then notices her eldest son, Nicholas, standing several feet behind her and to the right. He is stands transfixed, starring directly at his dying grandfather. His mother, upon spotting him, cries out “Oh Nicky” and rushes over to his side, grabbing and hugging him before leading him out of the room…

The scene then shifts quickly to several minutes later. The doctor and his assistants look at each other and the priests who nod their heads in response. A thick white blanket is placed over the body of the fallen Tsar as the sobbing among relatives continues to be heard in the background. We shift back to present day and Nicholas II lying in bed next to his now sleeping wife who rests her head upon his chest. He is awake and his eyes wide open as though thinking back to and pondering those tragic events that have helped shape both he and his father's reigns. The scene fades to black.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on January 06, 2013, 02:13:07 AM
nice effect
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 06, 2013, 05:36:37 AM
This is very good.

A small detail. My understanding is that Alexander II got out of his carriage to check whether any of his entourage had been killed or injured - could you show that.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 06, 2013, 09:32:03 AM
Ann, yes I'm aware. I sort of blew past that intentionally because I didn't want to stretch out the scene too far...keeping the focus on the Tsar and assassins. But you're probably right. I could touch things up a tad showing him stagger out of the carriage. Perhaps holding an ear that's ringing from the noise created by the blast. The two Cossacks naturally rush over to his side pleading with him to remain in the carriage or to hop on their horseback where he can be removed to safety. He can be showing saying something along the lines of "I'm alright, I'm alright! Is anyone else hurt". Then followed by "I'll leave with you in a moment. I want to see _______ (name of dead Cossack) and _________ (name of injured driver)...do you have the man who did this?"

Then as he is helped along to the side of his fallen and injured men or Rysakov, the other assassin steps forward. Sound better?

Alixz thanks for your compliment. Can you assist me as moderator with some minor editing? There are a couple of typos that I won't bother with for now but, for the purposes of making it easier to read, can you make BOLD 'Alexandra:' under 'Nicholas (surprised)' in the second post? And in the third post please make BOLD 'Doctor Botkin (dismayed)' if possible?
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Terence on January 06, 2013, 01:57:06 PM
edubs, good job, you have quite the knack for writing.
You might want to revise this
his sobbing wife Maria Alexandrovna
as she died in 1880 and he was md. to his mistress at his death.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 06, 2013, 06:42:25 PM
edubs, good job, you have quite the knack for writing.
You might want to revise this
his sobbing wife Maria Alexandrovna
as she died in 1880 and he was md. to his mistress at his death.

Ohhh man. Shame on me and thank you very much Terence. Both for the compliment and the correction!

How could I have forgotten it was Catherine "Katya" Dolgorukov at the fallen Tsar's bedside. It will be edited accordinly.



Done and Done - I should have caught that, too.  Alixz
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 07, 2013, 02:24:55 AM
Erik

That sounds just the job.

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 07, 2013, 05:48:45 PM
May 6, 1910 - St. Petersburg

The imperial family, which here includes Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna and Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich, gathers in a room in the Winter Palace. It is a somber mood as they have just been informed of the passing of King Edward VII of England. Foreign Ambassador Alexander Konstantinovich Benckendorff reports the sad news...

Benckendorff: Naturally there will be memorial services for the King. Foreign Minister Izvolsky requests to know which members of the imperial family will be attending.
Nicholas (pausing): I should like to attend but I'm afraid it might be difficult at this time.
Marie: It's most logical for me to go. Besides I want to be there and to keep my sister company during her time of mourning.
Mikhail: I will escort you mother. I'll do my best to comfort the Queen as well.
Marie: Thank you Misha.
Nicholas: Yes thank you both.
Benckendorff: Very well. I'll see to it that the necessary arrangements are made. Your majesties (turning his attention to Nicholas and Alexandra), there will be a requiem held at the British Embassy here in St. Petersburg that you'll be able to attend.
Nicholas: Yes, certainly, thank you Mister ambassador...might you excuse us now? There are some private family matters we need to discuss.
Benckendorff: Certainly your majesties...your highness (bowing and walking towards the door).
Mikhail: Count Benckendorff, pardon me. Were there any last words from the King?
Benckendorff: Oh, yes, I apologize for not sharing. The King's last words were, "I am very glad". (exiting the room)
Mikhail (after a pause): I am very glad?
Alexandra: He was quite ill. Thankful to leave this world and be with God I should think.
Marie (seated and teary eyed): He was in Biarritz until recently. They were quite critical of him for staying in France so long during this difficult period for England. If they only knew how ill he was and how hard he worked until the very end.
Nicholas: A blessing from the Lord that the Queen arrived home just in time to be at his side.
Marie: Yes! Alexandra would have hated herself for not being there. No doubt she's already overcome with grief...(getting up from her chair)...I must go now. I must write and speak to her before we depart for London.
Nicholas: And I must write George.

The scene fades and cuts away quickly to the newly crowned King George V. He is at his desk in a private study. Next to him is an open book of stamps that he has been putting together during his down time. On a piece of paper next to it we see him scribbling a thoughtful letter to his Russian cousin. George's voice narrates the scene and describes the letter...

George: "Dearest cousin Nicky. Thank you kindly for your warm letter and condolences on this sorrowful occasion. As we prepare to honor the fallen King there has been little time to think or do much else. I have barely even had the time to reflect on the fact that I am now to be King. And so many of the great responsibilities that have consumed my father now fall to I, his son. On the day he died the King was urged to rest but refused. "No, I shall not give in. I shall go on. I shall work to the end." You know how difficult and stubborn the King was towards his health Nicky. You know it as well as I. But he was a King to the very end. I shall dedicate my reign to his memory and live by those final words he has spoke...I hope we shall always continue our old friendship to one another. You know I never change and I have always been very fond of you. Together we can bring a lasting peace. There may be difficulties with Germany, but I think they can be overcome. If only England, Russia and France stick together the peace in Europe is assured. --- your dearest cousin, George."
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 07, 2013, 05:49:26 PM
Scene fades out and cuts to a discussion aboard the Standart involving Nicholas and Bulgarian Ambassador Anatoly Vasiliyevich Nekliudov...

Nicholas (seated across from his ambassador): We set sail tomorrow morning, and I wanted to greet you and congratulate on your new position while there was still time.
Nekliudov: Oh yes, thank you your majesty. Very kind of you...off the coast of Finland I understand?
Nicholas: Yes. A trip my family and I look forward to each year.
Nekliudov: Well enjoy your stay and God speed to you sire!
Nicholas (smiling then pausing): When I return there will be a number of matters to settle. Izvolsky is a good man but I'm afraid he has made a mess of the situation in the Balkans.
Nekliudov: He was deceived as many of us were.
Nicholas: Russia cannot be seen backing down from another threat. That is why it is of the utmost importance that we retain peaceful and friendly relations with Germany and the Austrians. We cannot afford to be led into a fight.
Nekliudov (pausing): Forgive me your majesty, but are we certain such vacillating of our position is in our best interest? Such idleness in foreign affairs is a risk unto itself.
Nicholas: We have continued to strengthen our ties with England and France. We are a powerful triumvirate. But the King and Prime Minister know as well as I that a show of force is both unwise and unnecessary.
Nekliudov: Your majesty I assure you the Empire is fully prepared to stand up for itself in the event of any sort of provocation. Of course no one wants war, but a wavering and irresolute Russia, one who appears weak, is of far greater concern.
Nicholas (getting up from his chair, looking briefly out the window and then starring directly at the ambassador): Listen to me Nekliudov. Do not for one instant lose sight of the fact that we cannot go to war. I do not wish for war. As a rule I shall do all in my power to preserve for my people the benefits of peace. But at this moment of all moments everything that might so much as lead to war must be avoided. It would be out of the question for us to face a war for five or six years, in fact, until 1917. Although if, and only if, the most vital interests and the honor of Russia were at stake we might, if it were absolutely necessary, accept a challenge in 1915. But not a moment sooner in any circumstance or under any pretext whatsoever...are we clear mister ambassador?
Nekliudov: Perfectly clear your majesty.
Nicholas (pausing and nodding his head while regrouping): Well then...like I said before I simply wanted to speak with you in private. Lets have some tea, or perhaps a drink?
Nekliudov: Yes, indeed that would be nice. Thank you sire.

Nicholas is shown pouring his ambassador what appears to be a small glass of vodka from a stash kept in one of his desk drawers...

Nicholas: I save this for special occasions, and since I will be setting sail tomorrow...lets have up with it.
Nekliudov (both men raising their glasses): To a safe and splendid journey for the Tsar and his family!
Nicholas (smiling): Thank you.
Nekliudov: And to a peace in Europe that will last for all times!
Nicholas: To Russia!
Nekliudov: To Russia!

The men salute and cheers one another before taking a sip. The scene cuts away and picks up once more at the start of an island trail in Finland. The Standart has docked and many of the passengers can be seen taking in the beautiful sights and frolicking around on the rocky beaches and flush green landscapes. Alexei and the Grand Duchesses are shown huddled around with several sailor nannies, ladys-in-waiting, and governesses. Alexei, nearly seven, encourages Nagorny and Derevenko to come with him to explore the island. The camera shifts it's focus back to Nicholas who gives instructions to the several sailors and soldiers huddled around and preparing for the hike...

Nicholas: I have not hiked on this particular trail for quite some time but I recommend you gentleman prepare yourself for many miles of often strenuous physical activity over an uneven terrain...I'm not fond of stopping to break more than once so it may be a challenge for some of you to keep up. Feel free to fall back if your legs are not up to it as I promise we won't set sail until every last member is on board. But in case if by accident I forget about some of you and set sail anyway it might be wise to turn back before I do (men heard laughing)!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 07, 2013, 05:49:44 PM
Just then a nine year old Anastasia Nikolaevna bursts through the horseshoe circle of men and lines up along side of them. She is dressed in long pants and boots, a buttoned down shirt and cap, and has a canteen strapped across her shoulder...

Nicholas (surprised and amused): And what do we have here?
Anastasia: I'm coming with you papa!
Nicholas: You are, are you?
Anastasia: Yes I am ready to go hiking with you and the men!
Nicholas (looking around at the faces of the men desperately trying to hold back their laughter): Are your certain you'll be able to keep up? Your legs are rather short aren't they?
Anastasia: I like to go on hikes. I have been practicing for it papa.
Nicholas: Practicing? Where?
Anastasia: In Alexander Park and the Children's Island. I run around and up many stairs at the palace so my legs will be strong. No one can catch me...not even Olga!
Nicholas: Well I'm certain of it. But this is no ordinary game for children. These are big and strong men following their father on a long and hard journey around this island.
Anastasia: I can do it papa, oh please let me join you! These men cannot catch me. I will keep up, you will see!
Nicholas (leaning over while the rest of men laugh): And I see you have your boots on and you canteen is all ready and filled with water...listen closely my dear child. Your papa is leading his men and must always be out front. If you fall behind I will not wait for you.
Anastasia (standing up straight, chin up and defiant): Very well!
Nicholas (addressing the full crowd of men): Gentleman, it appears we have a surprise guest who will be joining us today! May I introduce to you her Imperial Highness and commander of the 148th cavalry regiment, Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova!

To young Anastasia's great embarrassment the men make a somewhat patronizing salute, most with smiles on their faces and a few laughing. Nicholas then begins to lead his troop on the hike, at a quick pace, waving goodbye to Alexei, his daughters, and others in the distance. Waving goodbye to their father in response the camera momentarily fixes in on Olga and Tatiana...

Olga (watching as her father, youngest sister, and men depart): What on Earth does Nastya think she's doing? She'll never keep up!
Tatiana: And you know how impatient papa is. He doesn't like to wait for anyone.
Olga: Well they can't just leave her behind when she gets tired. Those poor men will have to carry her.
Tatiana: It will be such a funny sight!
Olga: That silly Imp! Why can't she behave like the rest of us?
Tatiana (laughing): Mama let her go. I think she wants to teach her a lesson.
Olga: She'll learn her lesson alright! I should like to spank her when she returns.
Tatiana: She won't care. She'll laugh and laugh at you, and run away. She'll make fun of us and tell us how much fun she's had, even if she hasn't had any!
Olga: Oh Tanya will we ever make a lady of her?
Tatiana: No, I think mama and papa had two sons!

Olga and Tatiana begin to giggle and walk off together following the rest of the crowd. We then shift the focus to the hikers making their way up a steep hill. Nicholas is barely breaking a sweat, but several other men are beginning to struggle in the heat and Anastasia is quietly sobbing and limping her way forward near the back of the line. A sailor then rushes up to Nicholas's side, the Tsar having put some distance between himself and the rest of the pack...

Sailor #1 (between quick breaths): Your majesty. Forgive me. The Grand Duchess is struggling to keep up I'm afraid.
Nicholas (looking slightly amused): Well what did you expect?
Sailor #1: Yes sire, I'm wondering however if now me be a good time to stop. For her sake.
Nicholas: Absolutely not. She should have known better. I warned her.
Sailor #1: Yes your majesty.

The sailor looks behind him and falls back in line several feet behind the Tsar. Near the back of the line two sailors are discussing how they should handle the situation involving the struggling Anastasia...

Sailor #2 (whispering): What should we do.
Sailor #3: About what?
Sailor #2: The Grand Duchess is crying. We can't let fall too far behind.
Sailor #3: Her father doesn't seem to mind.
Sailor #2: Do you want to be held responsible if she falls back and gets hurt or lost?
Sailor #3 (disgruntled): Alright. I'll carry her first and then hand her off to you. Each of us can take a turn...as if following the Tsar with our arms and hands free wasn't already enough of a challenge!
Sailor #2: It won't be so terrible. She's small and probably light. It will be like carrying a full knapsack.
Sailor #3: Silly girl...I wouldn't mind stuffing her into a knapsack.
Sailor #2 (moves his way over to Anastasia): Hello Anastasia Nikolaevna...are you alright?
Anastasia (wiping tears from her eyes): I'm fine.
Sailor #2: Are you certain?
Anastasia: No, papa goes too fast, he must be mad!
Sailor #3: He goes too fast for all of us. You shouldn't be upset. You are a very brave young girl to come with us.
Anastasia (pouting): My legs are tired and my feet hurt...and it's too hot to breathe.
Sailor #2: Yes, I know. Well all feel the same way...listen, we are going to help you so you do not fall behind and hurt yourself. Viktor here is going to carry you for a while, and then so will I. How does that sound?
Anastasia (slowly nodding as though humiliated at conceding defeat): OK.

The sailor Viktor stops and gets down to one knee thereby allowing Anastasia to climb onto him and then be taken away via piggyback. The men are shown from behind in a fast paced walk, nearly jogging. The scene fades and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 08, 2013, 09:21:53 PM
I have some errata for the last post. I don't think Anastasia would be wearing long pants. Back then it was almost unheard of for women to wear pants. I don't even think there is a picture of any of the girls wearing them. Also Anastasia was not made honoray Chef of the 148th Caspain Infantry regiment until 1915. See the posting OTMA regiments on the Imperial family section. The daughter were not made Chef of regiments until they were age 14.

From the "Tsar's Last Armada"
At Kronstadt naval base
Captain of the Cruiser Dimtri Donski: "We are going to the tropics and need a refrigerator"
Admiral: Refrigerator! you will find yourself on the bottom of the sea and you will not need it there."
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 08, 2013, 09:58:32 PM
James,

The cavalry regiment I'll change as I realise you are correct about that. I wanted to have Nicholas say something sarcastic and humorous at his young daughter's expense. Any recommendations?

Also with the long pants I'll also defer to your expertise. What would she have wearing here? I understand long pants weren't normal attire for females but I don't imagine too many women went on eleven mile hikes either. Anastasia was clearly being a tomboy and trying to fit in with the men. I figured this also might have included an attempt to emulate their uniforms. Ideas?
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Vecchiolarry on January 08, 2013, 11:04:16 PM
Hi,

You certainly are just a typin' away, aren't you!!!  Very vivid scenes and that's just what a movie needs....

One small nitty picky - George wouldn't be a 'newly crowned king' yet.  New - yes;  but he wasn't crowned until 1911...

I know what you mean, but I'm just being anal!!!  Carry on...  You have my support...

Larry
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 09, 2013, 02:13:16 AM
How about having Anastasia in a sailor suit with a skirt, and saying that she wishes she could wear trousers (note, to a Brit pants are what you wear underneath your trousers!).

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 09, 2013, 09:07:50 AM
Ann) Alright I think I got it. I'll alter things a little bit to have Anastasia wearing that sailor suit, and then having Nicholas point out the fact that she's going to have an extra hard time of hit hiking in a skirt. Should I have the Imp respond with something along the lines of "I wanted to wear trousers but mama said none would fit me"...referring to the fact that only much taller men aboard would have been wearing them. That make sense?

Larry) Well I thank you! Yes you are correct for pointing out the technical error in my description. He was not "newly crowned" as yet. I'm simply trying to convey that the responsibilities of king have now fallen to him, crowned or not. He of course has much on his plate to consider at this point. I'll correct it.

If those of you have been noticing I'm a sucker for closing scenes with fateful or prophetic last words. In this case we have George ending his letter to Nicholas with confidence about the stability of peace in Europe. Oops!

Thanks for the input from all three of you (James included), I should have another scene to post by late afternoon today or this evening...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on January 09, 2013, 09:51:27 AM
I don't think that Alexandra would tell her daughter that "none of the trousers" would fit her. She would simply not approve. Alexandra, remember, was a strict product of the Victorian Era. She was supposed to have made derisive remarks about the "hobble" skirt.

Perhaps, " I wanted to wear trousers, but Mama wouldn't hear of it."
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 09, 2013, 11:24:52 AM
I don't think that Alexandra would tell her daughter that "none of the trousers" would fit her. She would simply not approve. Alexandra, remember, was a strict product of the Victorian Era. She was supposed to have made derisive remarks about the "hobble" skirt.

Perhaps, " I wanted to wear trousers, but Mama wouldn't hear of it."

Alixz, I like it! Of course knowing the Imp as we do she probably would have raided the wardrobes of several of those on board to try and find something she could swipe to wear. And only after realizing that nothing was going to fit a smallish nine year old girl did she gaive up and stuck with her sailor uniform. Anastasia of course wouldn't let the proper attire keep her from doing something she had her heart set on. It was hiking with the men in a bathing suit if necessary! lol

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 09, 2013, 07:02:14 PM
I am not an expert on ladies and girls fashions of the period, but i do know the basics. There is a photo of OTMAA ashore from the Standart and the girls are all wearing sailor suits, Also there are a number of pic of AN in her section in her outdoor clothes. I would say for a hike at this time she would be wearing a skirt the same length as the one on her sailor suit. Stocking, because bare legs were a no-no back then; boots and of course a hat. I hope this is some help.

back to the RJ war:
1 October 1904 the great day has arrived the 2nd pacific squadron is about to sail for the far east. Admiral Rozhestensky gives the command for the fleet to weigh anchor. Shortly afterwards the battleship Sisoy Veliky signals that she has lost her anchor. Rozhestensky, flys into his usual rage and has the Sisoy Veliky signaled to find its anchor while he signals the rest of the squadron to cancel the order to weigh anchor while the Sisoy veliky recovers hers. the next day 2 october the squadron is finaly able to start its voyage.

That night Nicholas writes in his diary:"Bless its voyage, lord permit that it arrive safe and sound at its destination that it succeeds in it terrible mission for the safety and happiness of Russia." he then draws a cross. After which he gets into bed with Alexandra and she says to him "We must have a strog country for baby."

Around this time Nicholas sister Xenia writes in her diary: "Horrifying to think what awaits them."

4 October denmark 2 naval officers are talking
Naval Officer 1: The Sisoy Veliky, Orel and Zhemchug are all conducting repair work. The destroyer bistry has rammed the battleship oslyibaya fortunetly there isn't to much damage. The destroyer prozorlivy has a condenser leak and is returning home with the icebreaker Yelmak .
Naval officer 2: with that lunitic of a captain on the Yelmak who won't obey signals unless you fire a shot across her bow I glad to see her gone.
Naval Officer 1: There have been all sorts of intelligence reports out of japanese torpedo boats and trawlers with torpedo tubes , and mines being laid in our path.
Naval Officer 2: I have read and heard them too. They have everyone on edge, like something bad could happen to us long before we get to the far east.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 09, 2013, 11:56:11 PM
Next scene has Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feoderovna coming to visit the Imperial Family from Moscow. We begin with Ella shown in private conversation with her sister Alexandra seated among the enchanting gardens of Alexander Park...

May 10, 1911 - Tsarskoe Selo

Alexandra: Ella dear do you always dress in white now?
Ella (pausing to look down at her attire): It's a good color. It brings out the best in me. It's light and cheerful, but also how nun dresses. Very dignified.
Alexandra: I think it's wonderful that you've dedicated your life to the service of the Lord.
Ella: Yes, well, only natural I suppose...nothing has quite been the same since Serge was killed.
Alexandra: Yes dear Ella, I know it all too well.
Ella (deep breath, pausing, then smiling): Well...I suspect it's now our sworn duty to love and protect the next generation of Romanovs. The daughters grow more beautiful every time I see them Alix. And of course Alexei. What a perfect little boy and Tsarevich. So dear and handsome and charming. I believe the Lord needed you to wait those nine long and agonizing years. He needed the extra time to perfect his special gift to Russia.
Alexander (starring straight ahead, in a momentary day dream, with a concerned look plastered on her face): Yes...
Ella (leaning in moments later): Alix?
Alexandra (snapping out of her trance, smiling widely and apologetically): Yes! Oh, forgive me.
Ella (mildly perplexed): Darling are you alright?
Alexandra: Oh yes, I'm fine. Just sank into a daydream for a moment I'm afraid...(collecting her thoughts) but, yes, the children. They are all that matter. That and what we preserve and pass on to them.
Ella: Yes of course.
Alexandra: Speaking of them, Dmitri is such a wonderfully handsome young man don't you think?
Ella: Oh yes. I do worry about him sometimes. He's bright but not terribly head strong. He is easily led astray and must be looked out for.
Alexandra: I have noticed this as well. I've heard some foolish stories. Some of which are normal for a bachelor of his age. Others worry me some. But he has a good heart, and he'll be fine with the right woman by his side.
Ella: You're right, we must take it upon ourselves to find a suitable match for him. A good wife to take the place of what has been missing for so much of his life.
Alexandra: His father and his uncle?
Ella: Yes of course. It is most difficult for a boy to grow up with barely a father. As it was for you and I to lose dear mother.
Alexandra: I was fortunate had you and the Queen.
Ella (smiling and moved): We did our best. And judging from the results our hard work paid off...of course Dmitri has to look no further than to his own sister to see the model of the perfect royal.
Alexandra: Yes! My what a lovely young woman. Married for three years and little Lennart is two already. Where does the time go?
Ella (laughing): Yes was it not yesterday that Maria was just a little girl? Playing games with her little brother and teaching him to dance?
Alexandra: Sometimes I find it hard to believe it is 1911 already. Just saying it sounds strange. It was odd entering a new century. You spend your entire life in the 1800s and then all of the sudden it's a new age. A new and very difficult age.
Ella: You seem to be holding up alright. How is your health?
Alexandra: It comes and goes. I have good days and bad. There is always so much to worry over.
Ella: Put your faith in God. He feels your pain and can ease your suffering. If not of the body then of the soul.
Alexandra: Yes, you are right. God is always in my thoughts. I pray to him often...and I am spoken to by those whose voice he communicates through.
Ella (pausing): I understand you have been seeing more of the peasant Holy Man. Grigory Rasputin is his name, yes?
Alexandra: He is not currently in St. Petersburg. He's on a journey to the Holy Land. But yes, he is often in my thoughts and is a good friend to our family.
Ella: Yes I hear the children are quite fond of him. The Tsarevich in particular.
Alexandra (slight grin and growing ever cautious and guarded in her replies): Yes, they are. As are the Tsar and I, and many others who understand his providence.
Ella: You understand that not all welcome this man? We hear much about him Moscow. There are many who are skeptical.
Alexandra: Rumors I'm certain. There are endless rumors. Even here in St. Petersburg there are many who fear him and refuse to understand.
Ella: Many rumors, yes, but at least a few of them substantiated.
Alexandra: Few people know him as we do. I do not claim him an infallible angel. But his heart is pure, his powers are real, and his intention is good.
Ella: Well Alix my dear you would certainly know better than I. It's just that I wish to see you protected, always.
Alexandra: Thank you. I assure you we are quite alright.
Ella: Yes, well, what do you say we walk back inside? I think it's almost time for tea.
Alexandra: Yes of course.

Alexandra follows her sister closely as they walk back towards the palace. A couple of sentries can be seen several feet away and standing at attention. As the Empress and Grand Duchess pass by slowly they file in behind just as the scene begins to fade out and cut away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 09, 2013, 11:56:34 PM
Next scene takes us to the famous Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Nicholas is attending the performance of "Boris Godunov" and is shown entering his imperial box and shaking the hands of those around him. He has attended with his mother Marie, eldest daughter Olga, sister Xenia and niece Irina. The other daughters are home recovering from a bout of illness and being watched over by the Empress. Included in the hand shaking are Grand Duke's Constantine Constantinovich and his younger brother Dimitri. The two gentleman are shown taking their seat several feet removed and in quiet conversation...

GD Dimitri (as the camera focuses in on the imperial family): That Olga is growing up nicely and Irina might be the prettiest girl in all of Russia. Still it's hard to believe they well be so elegant decades from now as the Dowager Empress...well into her 60s and still positively ravishing.
KR: Yes the Tsar seems rather subdued however.
GD Dimitri: I understand the children are sick?
KR: Yes and the Empress is watching over them. For her I imagine their illness is rather convenient. She shows herself in public as little as humanly possible.
GD Dimitri (studying his program): Fyodor Chaliapin. Worth the price of admission right there don't you think?
KR: Indeed. But I wonder if those in attendance tonight, including Nicholas, know how friendly Chaliapin is with Maxim Gorky?
GD Dimitri: Gorky? The writer?
KR: And the socialist activist. Quite outspoken at that...at least in his writings.
GD Dimitri: Well it doesn't surprise dear brother. No one is as familiar with the arts as you.
KR: Yes I suppose...will you be alright tonight brother? Your vision that is.
GD Dimitri: Thank you yes. When it's well lit such as of now I can see quite clearly. When it's dim I hope you won't mind if I ask a question or two? I can always hear their voices of course.
KR: Certainly not, by all means...how is your eyesight affecting your riding?
GD Dimitri: Little as far as I can tell. A horse is not a machine but when guided by a skilled rider it knows where to go.
KR (smiling): Well know one knows better than you. What I am to the arts you are to equestrianism!
GD Dimitr (pausing to smile)i: I understand you met with the with the Dowager Empress recently?
KR (sighing): Yes it was pleasant enough a conversation I suppose. Minnie was surprisingly open with me.
GD Dimitri: Oh? Anything worth sharing?
KR: Hard to say. And underlying displeasure with her daughter in law's behavior. She seems to feel uncomfortable visiting her son and grandchildren because of it. It is sad to see that while her relations with the Empress are not exactly poor, they are not quite right either.
GD Dimitri: Strained?
KR: Yes. One thing she mentioned was the cold and constant draught in Alix's rooms. She blames this, in part, for the Empress's ill health. She herself catches cold at Tsarskoe because of it.
GD Dimitri: That is unfortunate. But it seems to fit with the general view of those towards Alix. Cold heart, cold home.
KR: Sadly, yes. I feel differently. Alix is a hard woman to know but once you do know her there are many things to like. The Dowager Empress mentioned one other thing that distressed her before we dropped the subject.
GD Dimitri: Yes?
KR: The family continues to receive that foolish Holy Man, Grigory Efimovich. The Dowager Empress believes he has been elevated to the point where he practically orders them, instead of the other way around. Alix tells the children to keep it secret and not to say that they have seem him. But it can hardly be beneficial to accustom the children to such dissimulation.
GD Dmitri (over the music that begins to play and introductions that are announced): No. Certainly not.

Brief scenes from the play are show over the next several moments. Then as the first act draws to a close the curtain closes, but briefly, and reopens soon thereafter to show the entire cast looking out to the crowd. Chaliapin stands front and center and having noticed the Tsar, Dowager Empress and other notable Romanovs in attendance leads the cast in an impromptu rendition of "God Save the Tsar". The audience, surprised at first, turns their attention to the Tsar's box. Nicholas and his family members were talking among themselves and greeting those seated around them but quickly take note of the gesture from the stage. The cast collectively drops to a knee and the entire audience rises to their feet and stands at attention...

The orchestra is quick to acknowledge the moment and begins to play the anthem as it is being sung. The scene cuts quickly to the end of the verse as the audience applauds. Many within the crowd begin singing it again and up starts the orchestra a second time. Nicholas smiling, yet mostly hidden behind others is finally urged forward by his mother. He motions warmly to the crowd and bows to the actors on stage. The camera cuts quickly to Grand Duke's Dmitri and Constantine again...

GD Dmitri (raising his voice over the noise): I should think the Empress would have enjoyed being here for this.
KR (eyes moist and responding slowly): Yes. Yes, it's amazing. God save the Tsar indeed!

As the singing continues on, from the corner of his eye KR see's a young theater assistant who he recognizes. The gentleman motions at him from behind the back of the box and KR, after excusing himself, meets him in the hallway of the upper balcony...

Assistant: Your highness, the performers request an audience with the Tsar.
KR: What do you mean?
Assistant (handing him a piece of paper): Here. This petition. An ongoing dispute with the director of the imperial theaters. They request the Tsar's intervention into the matter.
KR (reading over): I'll take the petition and handle things from here. Thank you.
Assistant (bowing): Your highness.

KR folds the petition several times while standing at the back of the box and stuffs it into his pocket. A sense of frustration and disappointment comes across his face as the camera focuses in one more time at the smiling Tsar and his immediate family. Olga and Irina are drying their eyes with handkerchiefs, the Dowager Empress and Xenia have moist eyes as well. All of them overcome by what they believed to be a spontaneous act of patriotism from the performers and audience. The scene fades out and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 10, 2013, 06:32:55 PM
Inthe north sea during the night in october the fog has just cleared when the officer of the watch on the flagship the battleship suvarov gets a message from the repair ship Kamchatka which has fallen behind do to engine trouble. He awakes the Admiral  who reads the message: "Chased by torpedo boats we are firng on them."
Suvarov: How many? From which side?
Kamchatka: from all directions
Suvarov: How many torpedo boats? give details.
Kamchatka; about 8 torpedo boats
Suvarov: What distance from you?
Kamchatka: a cable length
Suvarov: Have they discharged any torpedos?
Kamchatka: We haven't seen any
Suvarov: Are they still in sight?
There is a 20 minute gap where the bridge crew on the Suvarov starts to panic then:
Kamchatka; We cannot see any.

About 90 minutes later a Suvarov lookout yells out "ship ahouy"
Admiral Rozhestvensky looking through his binoculars spots what he think is a torpedo boat and yells "battle stations! enemy torpedo boat! open fire!"
The crews of all the ships race to there battle stations in various stages of undress and start shooting in all directions. Then a lookout on the bridge of another ship spots other ships and yells "Enemy crusiers!' and points in their direction. This ship and others fire at them. After 10 minutes or so Admiral rozhestvensky suddenly yells " cease fire they're trawlers! and our own cruisers!" After about 10 more minutes the russian ships finely all cease fire in some cases officers have to drag men ffrom their guns. and the fleet sails on into the night.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 11, 2013, 06:40:53 PM
2 weeks later in St Petersburg a Russian foriegn minesty official and a naval officer are discussing the "Dogger bank incident"
Official: Well we avoided a war with England. Our fleet opened fire on their fishing fleet sank one trawler and damaged others.
Naval officer: They thought they were being attacked by Japanese Torpedo boats.
Official: Our Crusiers Aurora and Dimitri Donski were damaged by other ships in our fleet.
Naval officer: Our Battleships thought they were the enemy.
Official: Then there is the Kamchatka which apprently fire at the swedish Merchat ship Aldebaran, the German trawler Sonntag, and a french schooner.
Naval officer: She thought they were the enemy.
Official: This makes us look both stupid and brutal! If our fleet is so inept we need to recall them and sue for peace! This war is turning out to be a total distaster for us!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 11, 2013, 08:09:30 PM
Field marshall oyama and his chief of staff Maj Gen. Kodama are meeting:
Kodama: We have defeated the enemies attack on the Sha river. They won't be causeing us any problems for awhile so we can resume our attack on Port Arthur. It will be resumed as soon as the 3rd army gets replacements for its losses and another division arrives. We also have to get the 11 inch siege guns into position. As you know they are very heavy, they were designed for coast defense purposes and weren't designed to be moved around. Work on trenches is going well and tunnels are being dug under the enemies defenses.
Oyama: It appears the Russians have turned Port Arthur into a modern day sevastopol (Note: scene of a famous siege during the crimean war). I am afraid capturing it will be very costly for our army but it is something that must be done.
Kodama: the main reason we suffered so many casualties in our first attacks is because no one realized how strong the defenses were and Nogi kept attacking when most other generals would have called it off. Based on my own personal reconassiance I have decided to shift the main weight of our attack froe the the east to here (points at map) at 203 meter hill in the west. this hill is key terrain if we capture it we will have observation of the whole harbor and be able to sink the Russian ships still there.
Oyama: Good! and how is the issue of winter clothing do?
Kodama: Almost complete beside winter clothing broght in from Japan, purchased from the chinese and captured from the russians we have enough for all our soldiers with plenty in reserve. Also all soldiers are issued 2 blankets.
Oyama: Good! i have decided that you are going to go back to port Arthur to direct the siege.  I give you a day or so to get the paperwork done ect and I suppose I will have to manage without you for awhile.
Kodama: yes, i wil try and capture the city as soon as possible.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 11, 2013, 09:31:44 PM
From "Tide At Sunrise": "One Group of Cossacks rode into a (Chinese) village where the inhabitants in their curiousity came out to look at them. imediatly the Cossacks drew their sabers and launched into a attack against men, women and children.'

Two Russian officers are siting in a hotel restrautant in Mukden early november 1904:
Officer 1; Well our offensive against the japanese at the Sha river failed. it looks like Port arthur is doomed.
Officer 2 Here come those two new nurses iv told you about.
The 2 nurses come up everyone introduces themselves they sit down and start talking:
Officer 1; And how are you ladies finding manchuria?
Nurse 1: This is not what we expected.
Officer 1: Oh , and how is that?
Nurse 1: First of all the train ride here was the most miserable trip i have ever been on! one accident, delay and derailment after another its a wonder we ever got here!
Nurse 2; add to this about 10% of the soldiers on our train deserted! and we were shot at twice why travaling from Harbin to Muckden!
Officer 1: Those bandits or khunhuzy have become a real problem in the past few months attacking trains ambushing patrols. Our Cossacks once again have proven themselves useless.
Officer 2: i wouldn't say were totally useless they do excell at burning Chinese villages, killing the men and raping the women.
Nurse 2: Gasp!
Officer 1: I know this may seem cruel to you Madam but this is war. we reguard almost all chinese as either possible bandits or spys.
Nurse 1: This explains why about 1/4th of the casualties we deal with have either Syphlis or Gonorhea
Nurse 2: We also have quite a few men are shot either in the hand or foot.
Officer 1: Sounds like self inflicted wounds to get out of serving in this godforsaken war.
Nurse 1; General ezerski a Gendarme officer is the chief inspector of hospitals. our doctors must wear swords while treating patients in the wards or be disiplined! he also likes to ride around from train to train looking for malingers. He often drags sick men from their beds and declares them well.
Nurse 2: The army thinks dysentry reflects badly on them so it is now called influenza.
Nurse 1: Add to this we nurses and doctors often have to sleep on the floor between patients beds because we have so many wounded to take care of.
nurse 2; Also many our poor soldiers are in rags and its getting cold out . Where is their winter clothing?
Officer 1: many of our soldiers lost their greycoats ect. during the retreat from liaoyang so thats why so many of our soldiers are running around wearing Chinese conical hats, jackets, trousers,and shoes. We don't have any reserve clothing on hand to issue to them
Nurse 2 how awful! and they don't have blankets either and winter is coming on.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 12, 2013, 12:17:55 AM
Really good James. I got a true sense of the nurses disdain and appallment with the war and some of their duties.

A little bit slow going for me as the last two days have been quite busy. Should have something posted by tomorrow evening. Thanks for reading!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 12, 2013, 06:27:57 AM
Erik

If this is slow going by your standards, what are you like when going at full speed?

Ann (who is going well when producing a couple of paragraphs in one go!)
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 13, 2013, 12:50:02 AM
Thanks Ann, that made me smile :-)

Alixz. I assume you divided things up? I now see a part I & II of this topic. No problem, just curious.

Now as promised a very large string of scenes. Thank for reading and I look forward to your thoughts as always...

March, 1911 - Marie Palace, St. Petersburg

We pick up the next scene inside Marie Palace at a meeting of the State Council. Standing at the center and surrounded by several members one particular councilman is shown railing against Prime Minister Stolypin's bill that would spread the Zemstvo system of governing to the southwestern provinces...

Councilman (over clamoring shouts): Gentleman! Gentleman...please! As this bill before you proves, the Prime Minister no longer speaks for the council, the Duma, the Tsar, or with the best intentions for the Russian people. He is navigating a liberal course that has been rejected by all levels of society and the Tsar himself!
Sergei Witte (standing up unannounced): Point of order! (crowd quiets down some) Anyone who knows me knows that I have had my disagreements with Prime Minister Stolypin. Nor have I ever been a strong supporter of the Zemstvo's. But such accusations of deceit and treason are both counterproductive and beyond the pale. Stolypin is not a puppet of the government at any level. This country has prospered while under his guidance. Peace and stability have regained the upper hand after years of insurrection threatened the very existence of the Empire. I urge you, move to reconsider.
Councilman (holding up a copy of the bill): This bill will be rejected. And if the Prime Minister should convince the Tsar to sign it into law by decree, he will face nothing less than a censure, followed by calls for resignation! I encourage Stolypin to press on...let him feel the wrath of this chamber! (a combination of applause and angry shouting ensues)

The councilman slams the bill down on the desk in a fury as the scene instantly cuts away...we pick it up a moment later with Stolypin seated at his desk surrounded by a pair of assistants on either side. He has just been delivered the news that the State Council has voted to reject his bill. He is equal parts angry and despondent...

Pyotr Stolypin: Damn foolish council. They toss aside my legislation and then threaten me. Challenging my character and dignity!
Assistant #1: Sir I believe they are baiting you. They wish for you to press on regardless of their vote and their dissent. Simply as a way of bringing the hammer down.
Pyotr Stolypin (sarcastically grinning): Right smack in the middle of my legislative forehead I see. I understand what they are trying to do, and I'll take their bait...the silly bastards. It's the Tsar who compels them. He has been maneuvering behind my back.
Assistant #2: Sir there is no evidence to suggest that the Tsar has anything...
Pyotr Stolypin (angrily interrupting): Don't tell me Nicholas isn't behind it! The Tsar is more capable than most men know, and is fantastically devious when it suits his agenda.
Assistant #1 (after a pause): What would you like us to do now sir?
Pyotr Stolypin: I'll tell you what is going to happen now. Two years ago I casually intimated my desire to resign under the correct circumstances. You should have been there. His face went pale as if someone told him his wife or children had just been kidnapped. He then became angry. It was anger covering for fear. He told me that this is not a question of lacking confidence in me. It was his will. He reminded me that we live in Russia and not abroad...as though I had forgotten...and therefore he refused to consider the possibility of any resignation.
Assistant #2: Resignation sir? But you aren't serious?
Pyotr Stolypin: Perhaps not at the moment. I will once again dangle my position in front of the Tsar's face in order to call his bluff. Should he bend to my will, and do what is best for his subjects in turn, I shall continue to serve as his Prime Minister. But if Nicholas acts in any other manner, anger or indifference, then I will assume to have lost his majesty's confidence. And then I will know, unequivocally, that as I have always served Russia to the best of my ability that it will then be time to serve it once again by stepping aside.

The scene cuts away and shifts quickly to Stolypin standing across from a seated Tsar behind his desk. The Prime Minister appears to have just moments earlier described his reasoning for the necessity of Zemstvo's bill...

Pyotr Stolypin (cautiously): If I no longer maintain the confidence of the Duma, and you your majesty, it seems the only logical thing to do is step down from my position.
Nicholas: Is that how you see it Stolypin? Any time I disagree with you, any time I assert my own will contradictory to yours you must come back at me with the threat of resignation?
Pyotr Stolypin (after a pause): It is most difficult to perform my duties under the current conditions...
Nicholas (interrupting while getting up from his desk to pace around the room): I cannot accept your resignation, and I hope you will not continue to insist upon it. You must understand that in accepting your resignation I not only should lose you but also create a precedent...what would become of a government responsible to me if ministers came and went? Today because of a conflict with the council, or tomorrow, because a conflict with the Duma.
Pyotr Stolypin: I've spent much of my political capital advocating for this bill. Now that it has been rejected, if I am not perceived to have the confidence and backing of the Tsar I shall appear weak. I then cannot under any circumstances serve to the best of my abilities.
Nicholas (being talked over): Stop it now.
Pyotr Stolypin: It is either this bill or me your majesty!
Nicholas: I do no accept such an ultimatum. Think of some other way out and let me hear it!

The camera focuses in on both men starring daggers at one another. The scene shifts again to Anichkov Palace. Dowager Empress Marie Feoderovna has decided to intervene and assist her son by summoning Count Vladimir Kokovtsev for a meeting. The two are shown seated together and having a pleasant conversation over tea in a large and elaborately decorated lounge room...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 13, 2013, 12:51:20 AM
Marie Feoderovna: I can well understand that Stolypin is almost in despair and is losing confidence in his ability to conduct the affairs of state.
Count Kokovtsov: The Prime Minister is a polarizing figure.
Marie Feoderovna (sipping from her cup): That much is quite certain.
Count Kokovtsov: Yes, but one cannot ignore his considerable talents and accomplishments...nor his loyalty to the throne and to Russia.
Marie Feoderovna: Perhaps it's more the role itself than the man in the role that makes for such a difficult situation.
Count Kokovtsov: Indeed your majesty. His predecessor Goremykin was ill suited to the role of Prime Minister. Extremely conservative and inflexible, he was, as he has described himself, "a man of the old school." Stolypin is far more capable...more forceful a man. But it is because of this that his personality is often incompatible with others. I've noticed a sort of love-hate relationship between he and the Tsar.
Marie Feoderovna: Yes, unfortunately my son is too kind. But I am perfectly sure that the Tsar cannot part with Stolypin. If he were to insist on the Tsar's support for his Zemstvo bill I have not the slightest doubt that in the end Nicholas would give in.
Count Kokovtsov: He has not spoken with the Prime Minister since their meeting three days ago.
Marie Feoderovna: He has not given his answer because he is trying to find some other way out of the situation. He seeks advice from no one. He has too much pride and, with the Empress, goes through such crises without letting anyone see that he is agitated.
Count Kokovtsov: Many in the government have suggested as much.
Marie Feoderovna: Their observations are correct. The Prime Minister will never be made aware of it but as time goes by the Tsar will become more and more rooted in his displeasure with Stolypin. I feel sure that Stolypin will win for the present, but for a short time only. He will soon be removed. It will be a great pity both for the Tsar and for Russia.
Count Kokovtsov: It seems we must do all in our power to avoid such a tragic fate.
Marie Feoderovna: What can be done? Pride is a dangerous thing when in the hands of the wrong individual Kokovtsov. My poor son has so little luck with people (taking another sip of tea).
Count Kokovtsov: Well whatever should happen I must thank you kindly for your candidacy, and for your confidence in me your majesty.  
Marie Feoderovna: I like you and I trust you Kokovtsov. But I have other motives as well.
Count Kokovtsov: Oh? And what are they?
Marie Feoderovna: It has become quite clear to me that should things continue on this current path I may be speaking to the future the Prime Minister.

Kokovtsev lowers his cup of tea and gives the Dowager Empress a long and surprised look. The scene then cuts away and we pick things up a few months later in Kiev for the unveiling of a statue honoring the late Tsar Alexander III. Stolypin and Kokovtsov are shown riding in an open carriage and trailing the Tsar's vehicle which is surrounded by guards and police. The camera focuses in on the two statesmen..

Stolypin: It seems unimaginable that it has been nearly seventeen since the mighty Tsar passed.
Kokovtsev: Yes. And accordingly it is amazing to think that Nicholas II has reigned for as long.
Stolypin: Seventeen long and difficult years. Of course the Tsar is up against much more than his father. But he also has not the strength of character to handle crises the way his later father would.
Kokovtsev: The world is rapidly changing. Things were far simpler and straightforward in Alexander's time.
Stolypin: It is not by accident that this was the case. His reign was a rejection of the many more liberal measures of his father. Nicholas is swimming in the wake.
Kokovtsev: Agreed. I believe Nicholas is a kinder and gentler version of his father.
Stolypin: He possesses the same mind but their personalities and skill sets greatly differ...things will only get more difficult for the Tsar from here. These are dangerous times. The prevailing peace and prosperity of recent years is but an illusion. It's the calm before the storm that's currently just beyond the horizon.
Kokovtsev: Then it is up to those of us who surround him to act as curators to the Empire.
Stolypin (sarcastically): Ha! Curators. We are but pawns my dear man. Nicholas himself is a fatalist. Look at this open carriage we ride in...leaving us completely exposed and vulnerable. No one concerns themselves with those who ride in behind of the Tsar. You see...we are superfluous.

As the carriages are shown making their way through the city and streets lines with onlookers, the camera focuses in on Grigory Rasputin. He is shown standing between two well dressed female admirers. Mumbling something into the ear of the lady to his left, and drowned out by crowd noise, Rasputin notices the Prime Minister seated in the carriage with Kokovtsev trailing the Tsar. Suddenly he pushes his way through the crowd...

Rasputin (shouting): Death is after him!

Confused, many in the crowd turn their attention to the rambling Starets...

Rasputin (dramatically): Death is driving behind him!   
Man (yelling): What are you babbling about you fool?
Rasputin: Shut up!

Rasputin pushes his way through the crowd and begins to run after the carriage, again shouting "Death is driving behind him!". Two police officers grab a hold of Father Grigory halting his momentum. He shouts once more "Death is after him!" as the scene fades out and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 13, 2013, 12:52:22 AM
Thing pick up as we shift to the following day and Stolypin fussing with his collar and beard in front of a mirror in his hotel room. He is well dressed and preparing to attend a play entitled "Tsar Sultan" at the Kiev Opera House. Knocking on the door and told to enter steps a member of the Okhrana carrying a bag...

Okhrana agent: Your wife has safely arrived at the opera house mister Prime Minister.
Stolypin: Very well, thank you...what's in the bag.
Okhrana agent: At the request of others I'm here to urge you to wear this bullet proof vest sir (taking the vest out of the bag).
Stolypin (smirking while fixing his tie): Have we not been over this?
Okhrana agent: We have been receiving threats. There is reason to believe you might be in danger.
Stolypin (reacting dismissively while walking across the room to put on his jacket): There is always reason to believe I might be in danger.
Okhrana: Then please allow for bodyguards to accompany you.
Stolypin: And put the lives of other men in danger? Why? Ivan you are a good man and I appreciate your concern and that of the police. But you know me better than that by now. I go where I go, and I do so without fear. To acknowledge fear is to concede defeat. Our enemies are victorious not only when they succeed in killing, but when they succeed in making us afraid. Bullets and bombs at times can be stopped. Harder to eliminate is the will of an assassin. If it is my destiny to perish in an act of violence than so be it. It is in the service of my county and my Tsar...but I will not endanger those around me.

The Prime Minister exits the room and the scene cuts to the opera house. The imperial party includes Nicholas and his eldest daughters Olga and Tatiana. They are shown being greeted enthusiastically with bows and hand shakes. The daughters are in elegant attire and visibly enjoying the attention they are receiving. A couple of boxes over Stolypin and wife Olga Borisovna Neidhardt are also exchanging hand shakes and warm greetings from those seated around. Included is Count Kokovtsev who then takes his seat in the row behind the Prime Minister.

A brief montage of scenes from the play are then shown while the camera intermittently cuts to crowd shots. The Tsar smiling and speaking in a whisper to a grand duke seated to his right. To his left sit his daughters who are fully absorbing the performance with pleasure. Shifting down to the front row behind the orchestra we see Stolypin smiling contently and gripping his wife's hand as the music plays on. Standing by the doorway at the back of theater we see a young man in evening clothes lurking in the shadows. He wears an emotionless expression. Walking past and out through the entrance an audience member gives him a long look as though wondering why this gentleman is either not in his seat or standing in the lobby.

We then shift to the end of the second intermission. The house lights go up and several members of the audience are shown standing and stretching their legs. They smile and make conversation, evidently pleased with the Rimsky-Korsakov production. Stolypin rises with his back to stage. He leans forward to shake the hand of a gentleman seated two rows behind him and engages in what appears to be light conversation. Coming down the isle is the man from the back of the theater. He makes his way down towards the front dodging several other audience members heading out the exit in the opposite direction.

Finally reaching his destination moments later we seem him move close to close to the Prime Minister as though prepared to ask a question or deliver urgent information. Looking at him quizzically Stolypin asks "may I help you?". Just then [filmed in slow motion] the man draws a Browning revolver from his breast pocket and fires two shots. One grazing the Prime Minister's arm, the other lodging into his chest. Knocked down into his sit there is a momentary pause. Then female screaming can be heard and great commotion. Other audience members quickly descend upon the assailant and tackle him to the ground. The Tsar and his daughters quickly turn their attention. Stolypin makes immediate eye contact with the Tsar and makes the sign of the cross in the air. Seemingly fearing the worst he calmly removes his gloves and unbuttons his jacket revealing his blood soaked waistcoat. His wife Olga bursts into tears at the realization that her husband has been shot and screams several times for a doctor's assistance.

The Tsar looks on, suddenly horrified. Tatiana Nikolaevna bursting into tears, turns and buries her head into the shoulder of her older sister Olga who stares ahead in dead silence as the screaming and commotion can clearly be heard surrounding her. Police officers are then shown roughly escorting the assassin out of the back of theater. The man receiving the angry shouts of audience members as he is whisked away with a bloody mouth for his troubles. We are then shown the Tsar and his family quickly being escorted out of the back of the imperial box. Nicholas's face has gone pale, Tatiana and other women in attendance are shown in tears as well. Olga Nikolaevna continues to console her sister, herself still in shock over the tragic event that she has just witnessed...the first time any of the imperial children have been exposed to death through violent means. Sadly it would not be the last. The scene fades out and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 13, 2013, 12:52:47 AM
We pick things up once more days later at the Winter Palace. New Prime Minister Vladimir Kokovtsev has been sworn in by the Tsar, Empress and Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich in a private ceremony. Afterwards those in the room begin to discuss the preceding tragic events that led to Kokovtsev's sudden promotion...

Kokovtsev: I can only pray for the strength and wisdom to fulfill my duty to the Tsar and Russia. Lord knows these are difficult times, and Stolypin's shoes will be nearly impossible fill.
Nicholas: Stolypin's death is indeed a loss for Russia. I am sad but my sadness is overwhelmed by anger. The police have failed once again to keep an eye out.
Kokovtsev: Yes they have your majesty.
Nikolasha: What more do we know of the assassin?
Kokovtsev: His name is Bogrov. He is a radical double agent working both for the Okhrana and as a revolutionary. He purchased a ticket to the play with his police identification. The police believing all along that he was an informant working on their side. It turns out that his sympathies were with the revolutionaries.
Nicholas: Where is he now...still under interrogation I presume?
Kokovtsev: Yes your majesty. There is much to learn from this man before he is surely executed.
Nicholas: I'd just assume get rid of him immediately. I hope the police are particularly brutal in their methods. His betrayal deserves no less. This sort of deceit must be discouraged. One can only imagine how much time and many of our resources were wasted following through on leads that we now must assume were meant to deceive us. Nothing bothers me more than these wicked men infiltrating our organizations.
Kokovtsev: Yes sire. The Okhrana has been publicly disgraced and there much work to be done in order to restore its reputation.
Nikolsha: I should think so!
Kokovtsev (after a pause): Your majesty, I understand you spoke with the Prime Minister before he died. There are many including his wife Olga who wish to extend their gratitude to you for your kindness.
Nicholas: I was encouraged to leave Kiev immediately. My reasons for staying were both to see my fallen Prime Minister and as an act of defiance towards these policeman who have failed me...I wanted to encourage him as well. Stolypin is a fighter. I truly believed he was going to make it through this ordeal, but I was sadly mistaken.
Kokovtsev: Never the less it was a warm gesture to the memory of a great Russian. Servant to the Tsar and his people. As am I (bowing).
Nikolasha: I see you have been quite active in your role already mister Prime Minister. Rumor has it that you quelled a riot and put a stop to a pogrom in response to the assassination.
Kokovtsev (responding to the Grand Duke as Alexandra and Nicholas take a long look at one another): Yes, well, it is well known that Bogrov is a Jew. I sensed there would be some sort of senseless retribution against the many innocent Jews living among us and I suppose you could say I made a preemptive strike.
Nicholas (turning back his attention to the new Prime Minister with a hesitant smiling): Yes, well, thank you for your service. I assure you there will be issues of far greater concern confronting us in the immediate future.
Kokovtsev: And I look forward to deploying my considerable energies to accomplishing each and every task before me.
Nicholas: The Lord entrusts us with great responsibility. But you must understand that everything in this world is predetermined. Everything is God's doing. May God continue to be on our side and be with you Mister Prime Minister.

Just then a knock at the door and sentry enters handing the Tsar a message in writing...

Nicholas (reading): Oh, it's my mother. She telephoned. You must excuse me for a moment.
Kokovtsev: By all means your majesty. Please extend my warmest regards to the Dowager Empress.
Nicholas: I will, thank you. The only person I know more angry than me over Stolypin's assassination and the conduct of the Okhrana is the Dowager Empress...Nikolasha would you care to join me?
Nikolasha: Most certainly. 
Nicholas: Alix please keep the Prime Minister company. I will return shortly.
Alexandra: Yes indeed.

The Tsar and his Grand Duke uncle are shown exiting the room leaving behind Kokovtsev and the Empress...

Kokovtsev (smiling and nodding): Your majesty...you look very well. I am sorry to hear that you do not feel as such.
Alexandra (seated): It's my legs. They hurt from time to time and render me immobile.
Kokovtsev: Well I certainly wish you a swift recovery.
Alexandra: Yes, thank you.
Kokovtsev: I also wanted to compliment you on your lovely daughters who I had the opportunity to meet briefly in Kiev. And also to express to you my regret that they were forced to witnessed such a shocking tragedy...how are they holding up, if you don't mind my asking?
Alexandra: The are quite alright. Their shock was only in seeing a murder before their eyes for the first time. My daughters are perfectly capable of understanding death and God's plan for us all.
Kokovtsev (smiling): Of course your majesty.
Alexandra (pausing to pour herself a cup of tea): I notice that you keep on making comparisons between yourself and Stolypin.
Kokovtsev: Oh? Well if only because we now have shared in the unique experience of serving in the same role.
Alexandra: What I mean is you seem to do too much honor to his memory and ascribe too much importance to his activities and his personality.
Kokovtsev: We had worked closely together your majesty. His loss effects me on a personal level as well as on a professional one.
Alexandra: Believe me, one must not feel sorry for those who are no more. I am sure that everybody does only one's duty and fulfills one's destiny. And when one dies that means that his role is ended, and that he was bound to go as his destiny was fulfilled.
Kokovtsev (slightly taken aback while pouring himself a cup of tea): Yes, I suppose that's one way of looking at.
Alexandra: Life continually assumes new forms, and you must not try to follow blindly the work of your predecessor. I urge you to remain yourself and do not look for support in political parties. They are of so little consequence in Russia.
Kokovtsev: Do you have any other recommendations?
Alexandra: Find support in the confidence of the Tsar and the Lord will help you. I am sure that Stolypin died to make room for you. This is all for the good of Russia. And it is for this reason alone that I shall honor his memory.
Kokovtsev: Well I appreciate the advice and I'm honored by your confidence in me your majesty. I hope to reward you for it.

The new Prime Minister is shown taking a sip from his cup of tea and the two exchange long looks at one another as the scene fades out and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 13, 2013, 11:31:24 AM
Now that I have my computer back, I'm getting caught up here.  Excellent scenes.  Rasputin was right this time.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 14, 2013, 01:18:48 AM
Many thanks Tim! Glad to have you back on board...

October, 1911 - Moscow

Our next scene takes us to Moscow and Police General Alexander Spiridovich is engaged is a walking conversation with Prime Minister Kokovtsev. They are making their way down Tverskaya Ulitsa midday. Carriages and automobiles make their way down the street and several other well dressed pedestrian pass them from the opposite direction paying little mind. They also are being trailed by two men dressed in dark coats who appear to be members of the secret police assigned to the Prime Minister for his protection. We pick things up in mid conversation...

Kokovtsev: Naturally the Tsar is concerned over the recent events and how the Okhrana has seemingly been compromised by double-agents. There is talk of disassembling all of the security stations outside of St.Petersburg, Moscow and Warsaw.
Alexander Spiridovich: That's rather rash don't you think?
Kokovtsev: The presence of the Okhrana only forces troublemakers to retreat further underground. Better that they operate out in the open as they will be easier to locate.
Alexander Spiridovich: We need to expand not contract. Add more individuals to the payroll if necessary.
Kokovtsev (chuckling): It's a boondoggle! There are nearly 26,000 Russians receiving an average of a hundred rubles a month to supply the Okhrana with information or carry out their dirty work. Many of these individuals are in no way loyal to the organization or the empire itself.
Alexander Spiridovich (pausing): You are speaking of Bogrov of course.
Kokovtsev: One example of many. Stolypin's widow begged for his life did you know?
Alexander Spiridovich: I'm afraid Bogrov's crime was greater than the tears of one weeping widow. He did more than kill the Prime Minister, he committed a crime against Russia.
Kokovtsev: Does it give you pause to hear that many believe his actions were not revolutionary but part of a right-wing conspiracy? Stolypin was never popular with the secret police.
Alexander Spiridovich: Absolute rubbish! Such talk in the aftermath of a crisis is borderline treasonous.
Kokovtsev: Why, I wonder, did Bogrov not turn his gun on the Tsar himself? A Jewish radical angered by relentless pogroms against his people. He must realize that it is Nicholas's indifference that is far more to blame than anything Stolypin might have done to incite such criminal behavior.
Alexander Spiridovich (irritated): I dare not answer hypotheticals. All I can tell you is that this man was interrogated at length and then tried in a court of law. There is no evidence to suggest such a conspiracy. Let the damn newspapers print what they like. It will change nothing...the bottom line is this. We have had great success over the past several years in arresting many revolutionaries. Many more have been forced into exile. Russia is safer now than it has been since the reign of Alexander the Third.
Kokovtsev (stopping for a moment): And still these catastrophes continue. Might I remind you that you are presently speaking to the successor of a man who quite recently was assassinated.
Alexander Spiridovich: And might I remind you sir, that you are talking to a man who but six years ago was shot twice by an assassin...and in the same city where the late Prime Minister recently lost his life.
Kokovtsev (pausing then responding apologetically): No, no you do not. What's more I am sorry. Come now and lets turn our attention to other things.
Alexander Spiridovich: Yes, that would be better.
Kokovtsev: Surely we agree with one another on the topic of the Rasputin.
Alexander Spiridovich: He was apprehended by the police recently.
Kokovtsev: Yes he was chasing after the carriage that myself and Stolypin rode into Kiev on.
Alexander Spiridovich: He was questioned of course and naturally released. The Tsar and Empress would never stand for any real punishment. Even his exile earlier in the year served as more of a vacation than a banishing
Kokovtsev: Yes, he made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem I understand. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the imperial couple funded his adventure out of their own pockets.
Alexander Spiridovich: It's not only the Tsar and Empress. Rasputin has a long list of admirers. Even many of those who don't like him concede that he is gifted with the remarkable ability to cure the ill and ease suffering.
Kokovtsev (sarcastic chuckle): I served for eleven years in the Central Prison Administration and saw all of the imprisoned convicts. Among them there were the Siberian vagrants of unknown ancestry and as many Rasputin's as you like. These too were supposedly gifted men. Men who while making the sign of the cross with one hand could take you by the throat and strangle you with the other. All the while the smile would never leave their face.
Alexander Spiridovich: Yes I certainly understand. Rasputin will continue to be treated as any other person of interest. He is much too high profile a character to evade our round the clock police surveillance anymore.
Kokovtsev: We'll need overwhelming evidence to take to the Tsar. Nothing less will satisfy. No more small reports on his day to day and insignificant activities.
Alexander Spiridovich: Yes I agree. And perhaps in the meantime we will catch ourselves a break.
Kokovtsev: Yes, the Starets has a long list enemies too. Perhaps someone can take matters into their own hands and eliminate him. So long as they are in no way connected to the police or the government of course.
Alexander Spiridovich: Yes. That or the bloody fool does something preposterous on his own. Something that even Nicholas and Alexandra cannot ignore.
Kokovtsev: Let us hope.

The camera shows the two men from behind continuing their walk down the street. The scene slowly fades out and cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 14, 2013, 01:19:08 AM
Next scene flashes forward to late-December and shows Rasputin visiting the Yaroslav Monastery in Yaroslavl. He has been invited by the Bishop Hermogen and we are shown Father Grigory exiting a carriage in front of the monastery building before being led in by a monk. The door is closed behind him and a light is turned on illuminating the dark surroundings. Rasputin sees the Bishop standing to one side of the room and several holy men seated at the other. They have tricked the Starets into appearing at a clerical kangaroo court...

Bishop Hermogen: Grigory Efimovich.
Rasputin (bemused): Yes...what is going on?

Two large men then appear out of the shadows in behind Rasputin and grab ahold of him by either arm...

Rasputin (furious): What is the meaning of this? Who are these men?
Bishop Hermogen (calmly walking over): These men are here for our protection.
Rasputin (struggling while he is subdued): Protection from what? Take your goddamn hands off of me!
Bishop Hermogen: Protection from you! You have been brought here to be tried Father Grigory.
Rasputin: Try me? How dare you! I am judged by God, no one else!
Bishop Hermogen: Your behavior is no longer tolerable and you have brought great dishonor onto the church. You are to be tried for your treasonous actions against the Orthodoxy and the empire.
Rasputin: You are mad! Christ defies you!
Bishop Hermogen: We speak for Christ and the Lord as well you fool. (motioning towards the guards) Sit him down over there (pointing).

Rasputin is brought over in front of the assembly of holy men acting as jurors and placed in a chair. The scene cuts quickly to the end of their farcical trial...

Holy Man (Judge): The evidence brought against you is overwhelming. We find you guilty!
Rasputin (laughing mockingly): Guilty before you and no one else! Guilty in this room and nowhere else! You cannot punish me you imbeciles.
Bishop Hermogen (walking over to the seated Starets): You are a magician, not a man of God. The Synod will know of your sins. They will know you are a Khlyst and that you are an adulterer!
Rasputin: How many other lies will be told of me? You are all evil doers. Who will judge your sins? There is nothing you can do to me. I am protected by God and the Tsar. You are fucking fools of no consequence. (glancing at the crucifix being held in the Bishop's right hand) How dare you carry the symbol of our Lord. You are not worthy of his love and forgiveness.
Bishop Hermogen (angry): Filthy charlatan!

The Bishop takes the crucifix in his hand and strikes Rasputin across the head. Ordering the guards to then "punish him!" the men lift up the bleeding Starets from out of his chair and begin to punch and kick him. Shouts of profanity can be heard, mostly coming from the mouth of Rasputin, and the scene shifts quickly to the guards throwing him out a door in the rear of the monastery and slamming it shut behind them. Rasputin lands on the ground, bruised and bloodied. He then staggers to his feet and pounds his fist on the door that has been locked...

Rasputin (breathing heavily & reciting portions of a biblical passage): Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you. He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you...The Lord preserves all who love him, but the wicked he will destroy! He will destroy you all!

Rasputin slumps back down to a seated position on the step and leans his back against the door. His picks up some snow and applies it to a nasty bruise he has received above his right eye from the beating. He then looks up at the midday sun peaking its way through the clouds on this chilly winter afternoon...his mouth opens wide and eyes shut in what appears to be a moment of spiritual connectivity. The scene then fades out and cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Alixz on January 14, 2013, 08:35:12 AM
edubs - Yes, I did split this into two parts. We usually try to cut a thread around 30 pages or so for those who have slower dial up connections.  That is especially true in threads where there are a lot of photos.

I will keep an eye on the length and probably split it again at some point as you are posting new material so quickly.

Alixz
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 14, 2013, 10:05:27 AM
Thanks Alixz, I figured.

I need to edit myself the previous post. There is a glaring omission in the scene showing Rasputin being judged by his peers at the monastery in Yaroslavl. I've gotten a hold of and read portions of the Monk Iliodor's memoirs. He was present at the mock trial...a man whom Rasputin had been close with. Rasputin was less angry than fearful but he was also reluctantly apologetic. I'll be editing the scene at a later time with some of the information below...

Rasputin: Iliodor why do you betray me?
Iliodor: For a whole year you have been trying to force your friendship on me. Now the fatal hour has struck for me to get rid of you in order that I may not soil myself with your friendship. The depths of my being revolt against your vile activity. You have always deceived me. You led me into a vile transgression.
Rasputin: No, no, I befriended you!
Iliodor: I lied to many thousands of Orthodox believers. I summoned God the righteous to be my witness that you were a holy, impassionate man. For I believed you! Now in the presence of these witnesses I come out, no longer as a friend to you, but as your accuser, your prosecutor.
Rasputin: You have accused me of sin. But who is to judge your for your sins? You lied to me and tricked me here today. Lied to me for a year's time.
Iliodor: Gregory, look into my eyes!
Rasputin (looking up with an expression of sadness on his face): I defended you. Now I shall destroy you, and all your followers with you!
Bishop Hermogen (stepping forward while grasping a crucifix in his left hand): Confess now, you Devil's disciple! In the presence of witnesses has Father Iliodor spoken the truth about you?
Rasputin (slowly rising to his feet): Yes everything is true. My actions, his betrayal. All true.
Bishop Hermogen: What enables you to do it?
Rasputin: God's power.
Bishop Hermogen: Oh, you ungodly man! Why did you torture that poor innocent girl? The nun, Xenia. A woman of God!
Rasputin (a smile slowly develops across his face): I did not torture her, I relieved her.
Bishop Hermogen (enraged): Devil! In God's name I forbid you to touch women. I forbid you to enter the imperial palace or have anything to do with the Tsarina. You are a murderer and a fool. Just as the mother nurses her child in the cradle, so has the holy church with its prayers, blessings, and exploits nursed the great national shrine and autocracy of the Tsar's. And now you, reptile, destroy our sacred vessels, the bearers of autocratic power! How long will you, accursed man, continue this? Tell us! Fear God, fear this vivifying cross!

The Bishop takes the crucifix in his hand and strikes Rasputin across the head. Ordering the guards to then "punish him!" the men grab the bleeding Starets by either arm and escort him out of the room. Shouts of profanity can be heard, mostly coming from the mouth of Rasputin, and the scene shifts quickly to the guards throwing him out a door in the rear of the monastery and slamming it shut behind them. Rasputin lands on the ground, bruised and bloodied. He then staggers to his feet and pounds his fist on the door that has been locked...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 15, 2013, 12:03:12 PM
Yeah, work that scumbag over.  Too bad they couldn't have gotten rid of him for good.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 15, 2013, 07:11:55 PM
Alright, this next part was a bit difficult for me but I thought we needed something to relieve the tension a little...

November 15, 1911 - Livadia Palace, Crimea

It's early afternoon of Olga Nikolaevna's sixteenth birthday and the imperial family has retreated to their favorite vacation spot at Livadia Palace in the Crimea. The scene begins with Tsar Nicholas walking into a room occupied by his second daughter Tatiana, seated and reading, keeping her mother company who is doing the same...

Nicholas: Good afternoon ladies!
Tatiana: Hello papa!
Alexandra: Oh, hello Nicky, I wasn't expecting to see you so soon.
Nicholas: I finished up with the ministers early and thought I would get out and enjoy the day for a while.
Alexandra: Going for a walk?
Nicholas: Actually I thought I would summon the officers for a few matches of tennis.
Alexandra (surprised): But the party is tonight. You mustn't be long or exhaust yourself.
Nicholas: Oh it won't be long. Only a couple of hours. Still plenty of time to be ready for the evening my darling.
Alexandra: Guests arrive 6 o'clock dear. It would not look well for you to be late to your own daughter's birthday.
Nicholas: Sunny, dear, am I ever late?
Alexandra (pausing and smiling): No.
Nicholas: I do need to check in with Alexei first.
Alexandra: He is out for a ride with Derevenko and Nagorny. They are expected to arrive back shortly.
Nicholas: Very well, I'll meet them...Tanya would you be so kind as to telephone the Standart? Let them know I will be on the tennis court in fifteen minutes time and will need some players. You can invite your sisters down for a match as well.
Tatiana: Oh yes!...Mama will you be needing anything?
Alexandra (smiling): Run along Tanya, I'll come in a short while with Ana.

Tatiana is shown exiting the room and excitedly races down the main hallway to summon her sisters. She first enters the drawing room where Marie is shown seated near French tutor Pierre Gilliard and painting a picture. Spread out on a carpet nearby is Anastasia who is pasting photographs into an album...

Tatiana (politely): Monsieur Gilliard, forgive me for interrupting, but may I have a moment with my sisters. There is an urgent message from the Tsar I must relay in private.
Gilliard: Why, yes, yes of course.
Tatiana: Marie, Anastasia...might I have a word.

The girls exit the room and shut the door behind them...

Tatiana: Papa has called for a game of tennis with the officers! Finish up what you are doing and join us down at the courts.

Her young sisters smile and reenter the room as Tatiana moves futher down the hallway and into a dressing room where her sister Olga is trying on clothing with some assistance from Ana Vyrubova (seated), Lily Dehn, and Sophie Buxhoeveden...

Tatiana (entering quietly): Excuse me.
Olga: Tanya! Oh Tanya how do I look (proudly showing off the ballgown to her sister)?
Tatiana: Olenka oh my! I am so jealous (touching the fabric of her dress).
Olga: I think we have decided on a style. But I wonder what color...blue, pink, or white with gold trim?
Tatiana: I'm sure any will do. You'll look so lovely in all of them.
Olga (smiling): Oh you're no help!
Tatiana (giggling): I'm sorry!
Olga: Oh no matter, where are you off to now?
Tatiana: Papa and the officers are going to play tennis and I'll be meeting Marie and Nastya at the courts. I think mama is also coming!
Olga (disappointed): Oh, but I have to try on more clothes. And we haven't even picked out jewelry. (whispering into her sister's ear) I'm so dreadfully nervous.
Tatiana: It's alright. You need to stay and finish what is more important.
Olga: Ladies, can I take a break for a while?
Sophie Buxhoeveden: Olga dear you mustn't be active and get yourself all disheveled.
Ana Vyrubova: Yes your mother would be quite angry if she saw you playing tennis when you were supposed to be preparing for your big occasion.
Olga (hanging her head): Yes, I know, you are right...Tanya I'm sorry, but I must stay.
Tatiana: Don't be sorry, and don't be nervous. Remember I'll be right next to you all night long. (whispering) Nikolai Pavlovich is very handsome and I'm going to be escorted by that other officer.
Olga (holding each other hands): Who?
Tatiana: The one I told you about, who we spoke with on the Standart on our summer voyage...Rodyanov!
Olga (putting her one hand over her mouth in surprise): No! Really?
Tatiana: Yes...I'm so very excited!

Both girls are overheard giggling and carrying on. Lily Dehn then interrupts...

Lily Dehn: Girls, girls...please. Olga we must get back to it now.
Olga (turning her attention): Sorry Madame Dehn.
Tatiana: Oh dear, I've gotten so excited I forget to telephone the Standart as papa asked.
Olga: You'd better run!
Tatiana: Yes I know he's going to be all alone and very angry...you look marvelous dear sister. I'll see you in a while!
Olga: Wish me luck!

The sisters embrace one another with a kiss to the cheek and Tatiana hurries out of the room, across the hall once more, and into another where she immediately picks up a phone and calls the Standart. We cut momentarily to an officer who has just received the call and is hanging up. A few men are shown milling about nearby...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 15, 2013, 07:13:04 PM
Officer 1: That was Tatiana Nikolaevna at the palace.
Officer 2: For the Tsar?
Officer 1: Yes.
Officer 3: Which is it?
Officer 1 (smiling slowing): Tennis!

A brief cheer erupts from the officers who are relieved at not being requested to join Nicholas on one of his notoriously exhausting hiking ventures...

Officer 1: But we must hurry. The Grand Duchess says they will be sending two automobiles for us in five minutes time. Lets not keep the Tsar waiting gentleman.

Next scene shows the men piling into two Rolls Royce's that have been sent from the imperial garage to pick them up. Meanwhile Nicholas is shown standing in front of his garage where sailor nannies Nagorny and Derevenko, who are accompanying Alexei, are pulling in to park. The young Tsarevich has just come from a ride and is greatly excited to see his father, jumping out of the parked vehicle and into Nicholas's arms...

Alexei (excited): Papa!
Nicholas (jovial): Oh my. Be careful now Alexei!
Alexei: Papa it was so exciting! We drove many miles and then went for a hike, just like you do!
Nicholas (sitting on a bench with his son across his knee): A hike? Whereabouts?
Alexei: From the road down the side of the hill and to the beach. A long way from here! We were the only people. But there were a few animals.
Nicholas: Did you see anything interesting?
Alexei: There are pretty birds and gulls are everywhere. I chased them off our beach. But I was only being playful. Nagorny caught a lizard!
Nicholas: Caught a lizard?
Alexei: Oh yes, he was very pretty. I touched him and I wanted to keep him but Nagorny said we should let him go.
Nicholas: Yes he deserves to be with his family just like you!
Alexei: Yes, then we stood near the water. I wanted to jump in and swim but there were so many jellyfish...even if there weren't jellyfish Derevenko and Nagorny would never let me swim in the deep water.
Nicholas: No, and well that they shouldn't.

The sailor nannies approach and Nicholas passes off Alexei to Nagorny for a moment while pulling aside Derevenko...

Nicholas (speaking quietly): I'm going to join the men for a short while for a few matches of tennis. Please do me the favor of keeping the Tsarevich occupied for a couple more hours. If he see's the men and his sisters playing he'll want to as well, and then fuss if we tell him no...find a game to play or something he'll enjoy.
Derevenko: Certainly your majesty.
Nicholas (turning his attention back to his son): Alexei I must go for a short while and meet with some of the officers.
Alexei: OK papa, will I see you soon?
Nicholas: Certainly! (noticing the camera Nagorny is carrying) But before I go I want to take a photograph with my boy!
Alexei: Can I get on your shoulders and have Nagorny take it?
Nicholas: I have an even better idea...lets take a photo in my favorite automobile!
Alexei: Which one?
Nicholas: Which one? The one you have been riding in all day my dear!

Nicholas directs Nagorny to take a picture of he and Alexei seated together in his 1910 Delaunay-Belleville Landau. Alexei sits behind the wheel and pretends he is the driver while Nicholas, on the passenger side, extends his arms across the back of Alexei's seat. The snap shot is taken (the audience shown the black & white photograph on the screen) and the scene cuts quickly to the tennis matches. Nicholas is shown playing a doubles match against two other officers. Showing off his apparent athleticism we see the Tsar running around the court hitting forehand winners and making back handed saves. The Tsar then challenges his officer opponents to return the serve he has been practicing...

Nicholas: Five games to two, second set, serving for the match.
Officer opponent: Your game has steadily improved your majesty. It was not long ago we were evenly matched and now I can barely catch my breath.
Nicholas (smiling): Thank you. But I must admit that in spite of our success I have been holding back some.
Officer opponent (incredulous): Holding back?
Nicholas: Time to unveil my new serve. Good luck gentleman!

To his great pleasure Nicholas winds up and fires and ace down the line. Switching over to the ride side of the count the other officer opponent, sweating profusely from the brow, gets up on his toes and focuses in. The Tsar smashes another serve which the sprawling officer is able to get but a small piece of with his racket. The ball flies up into the air and lands in the next court over. Tatiana, partnered with Anastasia in a doubles match of their own against sister Marie and a lady-in-waiting, shrieks playfully as she's forced to focus on two balls heading her direction and fails to connect with either...

Anastasia (greatly irritated): You silly men! Learn to hit straight...you cost me and Tanya a point!

The Imp whips the ball back over in frustration as the men laugh. The games continue on as the camera zooms in on Alexandra. The Empress sits alone with Ana Vyrubova who is taking tea, knits and engages in light conversation...

Ana Vyrubova (gazing upon the Tsar): Nicholas is overwhelming the other officers!
Alexandra (smirking): Yes he's become quite a good player. He works very hard to keep fit and it's important that he's as well off as most men ten or fifteen years his junior.
Ana Vyrubova: Yes indeed. He looks so youthful and energetic (sipping from her tea).
Alexandra: Yes...Ana I forget to mention that I'm sorry you weren't with us in September. You would have greatly enjoyed the charity bazaar.
Ana Vyrubova: Oh yes, I hear it was a great success! Yalta's poor are surely grateful.
Alexandra: I hope so. It is the duty of an Empress, but something I very much enjoy. I put the girls to work as maids-of-honor. They had a wonderful time singing their names to postcards and selling them. Even Alexei made an appearance.
Ana: Sounds lovely.
Alexandra: It is. I am very much in my element at such events. It's one of the few times I feel truly at ease around large groups or strangers. I find the common people of society are so much simpler and friendly than those at the court.
Ana Vyrubova: I believe so too.
Alexandra: That's not say we spend our time chatting away. These bazaar's are quite competitive and we are up against one another. While the men spend their days playing tennis we make cushions and sachets, lampshades, boxes and frames...all sorts of omemade items. Not only will they fetch large sums but they are useful to the eventual owners.
Ana: I should like to attend with you the next time such an event takes place.
Alexandra: Yes, we can work together. The girls always enjoy your company...Nicky! (calling out to her husband who is between points) Thirty more minutes and we really must be going.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 15, 2013, 07:15:53 PM
The Tsar waves to acknowledge and the scene cuts away. We pick things back up two hours later, shortly before 6pm. Lily Dehn, Sophie Buxhoeveden, and Ana Vyrubova are assisting Olga Nikolaevna with the last of her clothing and the application of makeup. Nicholas knocks on the door and enters the room. The ladies clear away and turn Olga to face her father. Dressed in a pink ballgown, her thick blond hair is coiled for the first time in a womanly style atop her head...

Olga (doing a turn in her gown a smiling): Papa, do you like?
Nicholas (awe stuck): Olga...oh my daughter, you look...absolutely beautiful.
Olga: Thank you papa!

Just then Alexandra also enters the room, herself having finished dressing but moments earlier. The woman bow in succession to the Empress and exit the room leaving the imperial couple and their eldest daughter alone...

Alexandra: Oh my sweet Olga, how marvelous! You truly look like a lady.
Olga (blushing): Thank you dear mama...my first ball gown, but what do you think of my hair? I'm so very proud to be wearing it up. I feel like a lady just as you say!
Nicholas: A finer looking lady in all of Russia does not exist!
Olga (blushing again): I'm a bit uncertain about some of this jewelry. The ladies had many opinions on what would look best...mama can you help me decide?

Alexandra, smiling, turns to her husband and motions for him to walk over. Nicholas moves closely to his daughter and produces two boxes...one small piece from his right pocket and another larger box other from his breast pocket...

Nicholas: I believe this will make your decision a bit easier.

The Tsar opens each box to reveal a beautiful diamond ring and a precious necklace of thirty-two diamonds and pearls that he helps place on his daughter's finger and around her neck...

Olga (eyes moist and overcome with emotion): Oh papa, they are beautiful! I cannot believe this could all be for me. I love you both so very much.
Alexandra: And we love you! You were our first child, the most precious thing that had ever come into our lives. And now that you are a young lady you are the first to receive these gifts which symbolize your entrance into womanhood.
Nicholas (embracing Olga): Whatever I own and have to offer will belong to my children. You deserve the very best my darling child. Not only because you are the daughter of the Tsar...but becomes you are a magnificent young lady. Some day you will make your own family happy just as you have filled our world with sunshine.
Olga: Thank you, thank you. I couldn't be happier and more grateful!
Alexandra: The time for thanks and gratitude can come later my dear. Please, go, enjoy yourself. This is your birthday, your night!

Her parents embrace her warmly and the scene cuts away. Next scene shifts to just after 6pm. Nicholas, Alexandra and the Imperial children are shown greeting guests as they enter. Military cavaliers dressed in frock coat with epaulets and civilians in evening dress with white tie accompany ladies in gorgeous ballgowns laced with sparkling jewelry. The scene then shifts to Olga's formal introduction. Two large doors are opened from the side and the rear and the Tsar reenters the room locked arm in arm with his daughter. Everyone is shown standing at attention...

Nicholas: Ladies and gentleman good evening. Thank you for joining us at this most auspicious of occasions. My lovely eldest daughter Olga Nikolaevna turns sixteen today. Now her mother and I have already adorned her with gifts but we are saving the best for last. (motioning to the band leader) I present to you the Eighth regiment of the Elizavetgradsky Hussars!

The members of the regiment dressed in their blue and red uniforms with gold trim enter the room. They perform a military style maneuver in front of the audience and then Olga. Her eyes are moist and she is filled with great joy. The camera pans around the room showing the faces of smiling guests and Olga is then shown leaning over to kiss her father on the cheek. The Hussar regiment then bows and receives great applause from those in attendance. One officer then steps forward...

Officer: At present, your Imperial Highness, the traditional device of your regiment received its full sense...to preserve the name of Olga, the white pelisse and the standard.
Olga (surprised): This device already existed?
Officer (smiling): It existed and yet exists.

The officers bows to her highness and his majesty. He along with other officers line up to bow, kiss the hand of, and congratulate the Grand Duchess...

Next scene shifts to dinner and the parties seated at each of their tables. The imperial party naturally seated at the head table with Olga, the guest of honor, seated at the middle. Next to her is Standart officer and Aide-de-Camp Nikolai Pavlovich Sablin acting as her honorary escort for the evening. Her sister Tatiana sits immediately to her right and next to her own officer escort N.N. Rodyanov. Among others sits Stana and Militsa with husbands and Grand Duke relatives Nicholas and Peter Nikolaevich. The camera briefly focuses in on the activity at other tables that include younger sister's Marie and Anastasia seated with a number of their imperial relatives. Also in attendance various maids-of-honor, members of the retinue, and local society women being accompanyed by and, in some instances, flirting with various military officers. The attention moves back to the main table and focuses in on a brief conversation between Olga and Nikolai Sablin, an officer some fifteen years her senior...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 15, 2013, 07:16:40 PM
Olga (whispering): Everyone is looking at me.
Sablin (smiling and responding softly): And why shouldn't they be?
Olga: I know but I'm embarrassed. I didn't think a young lady was entitled to this much attention until her wedding day.
Sablin: Well you highness at least by then you'll know what to expect.
Olga: I think they like me. But of course I am the daughter of the Tsar. They probably feel they must smile and greet me warmly.
Sablin: Oh I think it's much more than that. They see a beautiful young lady...a girl just yesterday who has grown up before their eyes.
Olga: But a girl does not grow up over night.
Sablin: No, but an event such as this is a culmination of sorts. Many in attendance have known you since you were a child. They've watched you evolve from a little girl into a breathtaking young woman. They are happy to be in your presence as much as they care to make an impression on your mother and father.
Olga (giggling): Thank you Nikolai...listen to father carry on!
Sablin: I think he's telling stories of you.
Olga (blushing and turning her head as she grips Sablin's arm): Oh dear Lord!
Nicholas (from across the table): Ten pounds, can you believe it? That beautiful, fair, normal sized daughter of mine was an enormous baby!
Alexandra: I was in labor for seven hours and at nine in the morning they finally needed forceps to pry to poor child loose.
Queen Olga of Greece: Poor child? More like poor woman!
Alexandra: Yes, indeed!
Nicholas: One time when she was a little girl I was told a story from one of our drivers. Apparently they had taken her by a museum in St. Petersburg that was displaying a wonderful collection of carriages. Little Olga demanded to sit in each and every one of them as though trying them out for size and comfort. Finally settling on one she found to be perfect, she looks up and says quite determinedly, "I'll have this one!", and orders that the carriage be brought back to Tsarskoe Selo in time for her daily drive (laughing around the table)...thankfully the order wasn't obeyed. I had to convince her that it was I who told her driver no. Otherwise she was about to insist on him being punished for ignoring her.
Alexandra: Only until she put it out of her mind. A couple of days later they were again the best of friends.
Nicholas (laughing): But my favorite story has to be about that time you commissioned the artist to have the girls portraits taken (turning towards his wife).
Alexandra (smiling): Oh yes. It was only a few months after Marie was born. Olga would have just turned four and Tatiana was two and a half. The artist started out by taking photos, which were charming enough. It was thought that he would then collect them and paint portraits off of those pictures. But the man decided he needed each of the children present, much to the dismay of the girls and their nurse watching over them. He needed each of them to sit fairly still for three or four hours. Much longer than any normal child could sit still. Tatiana obeyed but came to me crying once it was finished. Olga would never be so patient. After a short while she jumped to her feet and shouted, "you are very ugly man, and I don't like you a bit!"...Naturally the artist felt insulted and had the gall to respond, "You are the first lady who has ever said I was ugly, and moreover, I'm not a man, I'm a gentleman!"
Stana (laughing): A gentleman he says? Taking offense to and yelling at a four year old child?
Militsa: A Grand Duchess no less!
Alexandra: I'm actually quite relieved that I was not present as it would have spoiled such an funny story. Our nurse at the time said she was dying of laughter. The gentleman was quite puzzled at her behavior. And wouldn't you know it, Marie, but a baby, was the only one who managed to behave herself!
Nicholas (motioning towards Olga as the laughing continues): Yes, can you imagine what this gentleman would have to say to our lovely daughter here today. (raising his glass to sounds of "Hear!" "Hear!")

The blushing Olga smiles and raises her glass as well. The scene then cuts away and picks up after dinner as the tables are being cleared away making room for a large dance floor. Then taking the hand of his wife and eldest daughter and making their way to the middle of the room the Tsar prepares an announcement...

Nicholas: Since I know my eldest daughter would not want it any other way, we are going to open things up a little and relax the normal formalities. That means you gentleman who find a Grand Duchess to your liking, ask for her hand to dance with without hesitation. No special authorization necessary this evening. I wouldn't want the distraction of having to permit all of your requests anyway since, as you can see (taking hold of his wife's hand who blushes before bowing to the crowd), I already have my partner for the evening and will be most preoccupied (light laughter from the crowd). Just watch yourselves gentleman. I'm a father of four beautiful daughters who obsess over men in uniform (grinning sarcastically, then looking at Alexandra)...alright, let us dance!

An enthusiastic cheer erupts from the crowd as many men are shown approaching their female companions, bowing to them, and then shown making their way onto the dance floor as the Crimean regimental band plays loudly. Workers throw open the glass doors and let the fragrance of roses fill the room. The floor is soon filed by women in gowns with jewels dancing with men in white uniform. We are shown a sequence of pieced together dance scenes including waltzes, contre-dances, hungarians, cotillions, and mazurskas. Those who are not dancing are shown strolling outside in the palace garden and along the marble balconies. One couple engages in a romantic exchange while looking upon the huge autumn moon and it's glowing reflection on the surface of the Black Sea waters...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 15, 2013, 07:16:51 PM
The camera then focuses in on Olga having danced with her father which is followed quickly by her in the center of the room and in the arms of ADC Sablin. She is in a daze like a fairytale, seemingly lost in the sound of music and adoring eyes encircling both she and her partner from around the room. The scene then shifts to a while later and the Empress seated nearby several women with her young son Alexei standing next to her and showing signs of exhaustion. A woman who has made eye contact with the Tsarevich notices his yawning and smiles in his direction. Seeing this exchange the Empress turns her head and addresses her son...

Alexandra: Oh goodness! Alexei you must go to bed at once.
Alexei (pouting): But I don't want to. I'm alright mother.
Alexandra (slight grin): Alright you say? Look at you yawning behind my back. Don't think I don't know what you're doing?
Alexei: But I'm fine I'm just taking a break.
Alexandra: It has been a long day and you are still just a boy.
Alexei: I want to stay until the girls go! Why do they get to step up all night.
Alexandra: They are all older than you and none of them look so tired. Look at you darling, you can barely keep upright.
Alexei: But mama!
Alexandra: Baby, please, enough. I'm going to see your father...ladies will you excuse me for a moment.

The Empress is then shown making her way over to her husband and leans over his left shoulder while he is seated at a table engaged in a game of Bridge will fellow officers...

Alexandra: Ohhh, I'm no expert darling but I think you should pass.
Nicholas (startled and smoking on a cigar, then quickly hiding his hand): Will you excuse me for a moment gentleman.
Alexandra: I'm sorry to interrupt.
Nicholas (smiling): Don't be silly. As you can see things were not going terribly well for us in that game.
Alexandra: Yes I think tennis is more your game than card playing.
Nicholas: (chuckling then pausing to notice each of his daughters dancing with officers): Look at them. They seem so happy, and Olga most of all.
Alexandra: Tatiana and that young fellow Rodyanov have been inseparable.
Nicholas: Well you know Tanya. Once she becomes smitten with a boy she can look at nothing else. No different than with Marie...and just look at Anastasia and Boris. He must be twice her size!
Alexandra (chuckling): Poor fellow's back will ache for days bending down constantly. But he's a true gentleman...Nicky, Alexei is about to pass out from exhaustion but is being stubborn about going to bed. I was hoping you could step in for a moment?
Nicholas: Yes of course. The poor boy probably misses my attention is all.

The Tsar walks over towards his son and is shown leaning over in front of him from a distance. Their words are drowned out and Alexandra looks on smiling. The scene cuts away momentarily and picks back up long enough to show a pouting but exhausted Alexei being carried out of the room by tutor Pierre Gilliard. Then we are shown a clock on the wall indicating that it is just after 2am. Nicholas and Alexandra extend their formal goodbyes and walk with each other arm in arm to their bedroom, trailed by a pair of palace guards. Alexandra yawns and engages in brief small talk with her husband...

Nicholas (noticing his wife's yawning): Oh my. It seems that bedtime can not come a moment too soon.
Alexandra: Yes, I've been fighting it for at least the last couple of hours...your sure can throw a party my dear.
Nicholas (smiling): We can Sunny. You were marvelous tonight.
Alexandra (smiling in return): Thank you, and you. Do you think Olga enjoyed herself?
Nicholas: I think it was an occasion she will never forget. I'll be surprised if the girl can sleep at all tonight.
Alexandra (giggling): She'll probably be up talking to Tatiana til dawn about all of the handsome officers they met and danced with.
Nicholas: Yes I would imagine so. Amazing to think our eldest daughter is sixteen.
Alexandra: She's a lovely young lady with countless admirable qualities, and will make a fine wife.
Nicholas: Yes, well, I hope she'll remain ours for a little while longer.
Alexandra: Let us hope. Too many more nights like these, surrounded by handsome men, and she'll never be able to decide on just one to commit herself to.

The imperial couple share in some laughter as they the turn the corner and the scene cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 16, 2013, 12:01:00 PM
Nice family scenes.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 16, 2013, 07:33:56 PM
I have a couple of gripes on reply 390 I would have thought the women would have been curtsyong to Alexandra not bowing. Also Olga regiment was the 3rd not the 8th hussars.

You mention Chaliapin in #371 this is something in the book "Tide at Sunrise' on him:

 "Crossing Admiralty Square, madame Kusa, one of the principal dramatic sopranos at the Imperial Russian Opera and wife of a leading Russian composer, saw the cavalry fire the first volley into the crowd.
 "The Japanese you don't know how to kill, but defenseless people at home you kill," she shouted in anger to an officer in the elite Preobrazhemski regiment.
"Pass along, imbecile," he answered.
(Oops! i forgot to mention this was on bloody Sunday)

"Madame Kusa was discharged from the imperial Opera. The mighty Chailapin, the great bass singer and idol of st petersburg, resigned in protest."
(No doubt this was the talk of the town ect)

more "The presitige of the Tsarist name has been ruined for ever," Lenin exulted. "The uprising has begun."
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 16, 2013, 11:04:45 PM
I have a couple of gripes on reply 390 I would have thought the women would have been curtsyong to Alexandra not bowing. Also Olga regiment was the 3rd not the 8th hussars.

Curtsey rather than bow, yes it will be changed. Funny your mention the Third rather than the Eighth regiment too. I originally had it as the third regiment but then switched it having seen the eighth printed somewhere else. I wasn't certain exactly as to which was correct, but thanks for clearing that up once and for all.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 17, 2013, 02:03:42 AM
Smallish point, but would the younger girls and Alexei have been allowed to stay up for the ball? Alexei was nine years younger than Olga, so barely seven at this point. I would think that he would have been allowed to stay up to see the guests arriving and then hustled off to bed!

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 17, 2013, 09:10:21 AM
Ann, I tried not to specify times other than the very end of the ball at 2am.

Regarding Alexei, here is a quote taken right off the AP from General Spiridovitch's observations of the evening...

The Empress, who was quite uncomfortable, followed the party, seated in an armchair next to a column.  Next to her was the Tsarevitch in a white sailor's uniform.  He watched everything going on around him with a genuine curiousity.  The Empress told him to go to bed, but he asked permission to stay.  And, then, he did so again.  It required the intervention of the Emperor.  He approached, said several words, and instantly the Tsarevitch, pouting, retired, accompanied by his teachers Gilliard and Petrov.

So it's hard to tell when exactly he was sent to bed but it seems obvious that he was up for at least a little while. As for the GDs...

Two o'clock rang out, when they finished dancing the final mazurska.  The Empress got up.  Their Majesties went around the room, greeting the guests; the Grand Duchesses extended their hand out to everyone.  The ladies curtseyed deeply and the men bowed profoundly in a most respectful manner, the officers saluted militarily.  Their Majesties and their children retired to their rooms. The ball was over.

Sounds to me like they were up for the entirety of the party. I supposed Spiridovitch might only have been referring to Olga and Tatiana when he speaks of the "Grand Duchesses" and then "children". But since there is no way to confirm that I think I'm going to roll with what I have here. It was a special occasion after all...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Kalafrana on January 17, 2013, 02:15:52 PM
Erik

If you are going on the basis of what is recorded then that is fine. I was being cautious on the basis that we are dealing with an age when being too young for something that everyone else was enjoying was part of life.

Regards

Ann
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 17, 2013, 06:41:56 PM
March, 1912 - Moscow

The next scene begins by showing a man in his mid-30s, fairly tall, brown hair and a neatly trimmed mustache & beard being led out of a jail cell and into an interrogation room. A pair of guards place him in a chair where he is seated across from two agents of the Okhrana...

Agent #1: Thank you gentleman, that will be all for now. Please wait outside and we will call for you.
Agent #2 (flipping through paperwork): So, Yakov Yurovsky...is that correct?
Yakov Yurovsky: Yes it is.
Agent #2: It appears you have been placed under arrest by the secret police in connection to several revolutionary activities conducted through your years.
Yakov Yurovsky: I was informed shortly after having been arrested that this was in fact the reason for my detainment.
Agent #1: Are you in a position to dispute the charges against you?
Yakov Yurovsky: Yes I should hope to.
Agent #2: It says here that you have been seen consorting with socialist radicals that we have had under surveillance for quite some time. Your face and name appears several times in connection with them. Constantly in and out of their apartments and places of business. What say you to this?
Yakov Yurovsky: Have I been under personal surveillance or am I seen only when entering and exiting the homes and offices of these particular individuals?
Agent #2: Why do you ask?
Yakov Yurovsky: If the police was monitoring my daily movements, from morning til evening, they would surely have seen that I enter the apartments and places of work of many individuals.
Agent #1: And why do you do that?
Yakov Yurovsky: I am a rather well know jeweler and watchmaker by day. And by evenings and on weekends I work on the side as a part time photographer. Many of these people of interest to you I know only as customers.
Agent #2: Customers you say?
Yakov Yurovsky: Why yes. I know nothing of their political activities. Do socialist revolutionaries not also like to have their portraits taken or their watches fixed? I work for a full service shop in the city, we do many house calls. Our clients are often busy during the days and require us to visit them during business hours when they are unavailable to come to our store.
Agent #1 (getting up from his chair and pacing around the room): I see...and what do you discuss with these men while you are on your appointments and servicing them? Our surveillance tells us that you often spend quite a while in their homes and business. Are you taking pictures Yurovsky or talking politics?
Yakov Yurovsky (grinning): Gentleman. I can see where you might view me with suspicion, but I encourage your men to join me sometime as I sell jewelry to a client. It takes anywhere from 15-minutes to a half an hour for most customers to decide what they like, and that is only if their wives aren't involved. Several more minutes are then required to fill out orders and with such lengthy and expensive transactions I am often offered tea before departing. The same goes for our custom watch repair business. I've often spent up to two hours in the home or office of a client who needs a fix...and, with due respect, have you ever spent time with a professional photographer while he sets up to take a picture? There are many steps to prepare both the camera itself and my subjects for a shot, and I never know how many they will order me to take until we begin.
Agent #2: Sounds to me like you've done well for yourself...but perhaps you can help explain an incident from fifteen years ago involving a workers strike.
Yakov Yurovsky (fidgeting in his chair): Yes, that was regrettable.
Agent #2: I understand you helped organize the strike.
Yakov Yurovsky (after a pause): Well I could sit here an tell you how workers such as I were submitted to inhumane conditions, and naturally angry. But I don't think that is very relevant to your investigation.
Agent #1: And why is that?
Yakov Yurovsky: As your partner has pointed out the event took place fifteen years ago. I was a young man of nineteen, frustrated and angry. But that was then. I regret my involvement but I am no longer such an agitator. I'm a husband, and a father, and as your report has touched on I am a hard worker who keeps very busy.

Yurovsky's voice begins to trail off as the scene fades out, and we pick things back up by flashing forward to some twenty-six years later...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 17, 2013, 06:42:52 PM
July, 1938 - Kremlin Hospital, Moscow, SFSR

A nurse is shown walking down the isle between the beds of several ill patients carrying a tray of food and milk. Moments later she peaks her head into a private room and notices a visitor seated next to her bed ridden and sprawled patient Yakov Yurovsky. The visitor is Gregory Nikulin, former deputy commandant of the Ural Regional Soviet, who has come to spend some time with his former boss in these his dying hours...

Nurse (noticing Nikulin): Oh, how do you do?
Nikulin: Very well, and you?
Nurse: Fine thank you...Chief Yurovsky I've brought you your lunch.
Yurovsky (smiling feebly): I see that, thank you. Please bring it here. This is my good friend Gregory Nikulin. We were just catching up on old times.
Nurse: Very well...I'll leave you two alone and check back in a half hour. Be sure to eat all of your food today Chief.

Yurovsky smiles in the direction of the nurse who departs the room and picks back up his conversation with Nikulin...

Yurovsky: I tell them it is because I have no appetite that I do not finish, when actually it's because hospital food is so wretched most days.
Nikulin: Yes I would imagine so. Hardly fit for a dog from the looks of it (camera focuses in on a plate of meat and bread, with some soup, and a glass of milk).
Yurovsky: But I cannot complain. They take good care of me. There are far worse places a man can die.
Nikulin: And how are you feeling?
Yurovsky: Hard living has gotten the best of me I'm afraid. I've been a revolutionary and loyal socialist since 1905 and never expected to die over the course of several months in a hospital bed and tending to by nurses.
Nikulin (chuckling): Not what men like we have prepared ourselves for.
Yurovsky (smiling): Certainly not! I wanted to go down and a blaze of glory. Killed by bullets or bayonets. A solider's death! Instead I'm an aging man being conquered by a damn ulcer.
Nikulin: Nothing it seems has turned out as we expected.
Yurovsky (coughing): No. Stalin has turned this country upside down. Is this really the Russia we fought for? The Russia our comrades died for?
Nikulin: Progress is slow, agonizingly so. Lenin's death was a turning point. We expected him to live for many more years and guide us through the uncertainly of the post-revolution. Instead the fight has never ended.
Yurovsky: History has come full circle.
Nikulin: Yes, indeed it has. Our current fight with the Japanese reminds me of the war in 1904. There are growing tensions in Europe. Hitler has Germany mobilized and I fear a war on the scale of the First Great War is inevitable...in the meantime it seems that all we have done is trade one ruthless Tsar for another.
Yurovsky: You know it has been three years since I've seen my daughter Rimma. Purged into one of Stalin's labor camps on suspicion of counter-revolutionary activity. It didn't even matter to the authorities that I was her father. Now I am certain I will never see her again.
Nikulin: It's a crime and a shame.
Yurovsky: It's been four years since our little reunion of the Regional Soviet. My life has been spiraling out of control ever since. I've grown surly and outspoken. My son Alexander has been jotting down some of my memoirs while there is still time.
Nikulin: Any interesting confessions you would like to share with me now? I understand if you'd rather keep things private of course.
Yurovsky (pausing then smirking while in reflection): I've been treated like a leper for years now. You have been one of the only friends I can trust...I'm haunted Nikulin.
Nikulin: Haunted?
Yurovsky: By the ghosts of our past. We all know when my life's history is written what I will be remembered for...the only thing anyone will care to remember.
Nikulin: You mustn't live in regret. You did what you were ordered. We did what we had to do.
Yurovsky: I have been living in regret...now I am dying with remorse. I see their faces, and ever since our return to that place four years ago I've not been able to get it out of my brain. It is my punishment you see. You will say we were following orders, but I think we were cursed to be there. It was all part of the plan. Blood on our hands...mine most of all.
Nikulin: The Tsar had blood on his hands too. Probably the Empress as well.
Yurovsky: And what say you of the others? What say you of Stalin and Lenin and Trotsky? Do all leaders not do what they must for what they believe to be the greater good? But where is our reward...our vindication? He was not the Bloody Tsar on that night. He hadn't been for many months. He was Nicholas Romanov. Husband and father of five...the man was knocked from his pedestal, then imprisoned for more than a year with his family. Was this not enough? Was the shame and humiliation not punishment enough?
Nikulin (pausing): It was determined that a living Nicholas presented a threat to the revolutionary cause. That if he were...
Yurovsky (interrupting): Rubbish! Nicholas was a distant memory by July of 1918. The White's could have rescued him and sent him away. No Romanov would ever have sat at the throne of Russia again...but it wasn't enough for us. The Soviet has no interest in justice, only terror. You see it now, as well as I.
Nikulin: I do Commandant, I do.
Yurovsky (breathing heavily and voice crackling): Listen to me now.
Nikulin (leaning over): Yes Commandant, what is it?
Yurovsky: I must write to my children. I must tell them of their father.
Nikulin: What can I do?
Yurovsky: Write for me now...just write down what I say. I will speak to you and tell you my story. One that they have never known.
Nikulin: Absolutely. I'd be honored to hear it as well!
Yurovsky (strained look as though in pain): Yes, thank you.
Nikulin: I see you have some paper and a pencil on your desk over there.
Yurovsky: Yes that'll do.
Nikulin (helping his sick friend lie down and get comfortable): Here you are...now, with whatever strength you have, speak and I will write.
Yurovsky (after a pause): [continued on next page]
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 17, 2013, 06:43:07 PM
Dear son and daughters. I am now sixty years old. As it turns out I have told you almost nothing of myself, especially my childhood and youth. I was born in 1878 in Tomsk. Ten children grew up in my father's family, and with them poverty bordering on destitution. We could not break out of it, even though the children began working for masters at the age of ten. Father was a glazier and mother a seamstress. They worked hard, to the point of exhaustion. My father was a deeply religious man, but we were Jewish, and slowly through the years we distanced ourselves from our faith. The Empire hated Jews...from the Tsar right down to our peasant neighbors...

I recall a time when I was thirteen, in 1891, that I joined the people of Tomsk in welcoming the Tsarevich...home from his tour of the Far East. We rang church bells and welcomed him with great cheers. It was an event, like a town festival. For one day at least it did not matter that we were poor and run down, Christian or Jew. I can remember vividly standing in a doorway and looking among the cheering crowds waving little Russian flags. Nicholas sped past me along Post Office Street in a brightly painted Troika. I followed the crowd to the Governor's House where he was headed and spoke to us briefly from the balcony. I remember how handsome the heir was with his little neat brown beard. Nicholas nodded and waved to us and for the briefest of moments I could have sworn he looked directly at me. That same face, of a much older man, I would see many years later...

I also vividly remember an argument with my father from after the Heir's visit. We were talking about the future of the Empire under his eventual reign and how he might fair compared to other Tsar's. My father revered Tsar Nicholas I, but standing up to him I explained that it was Alexander II who deserved the glory for his reforms. A truly conservative fellow my father unleashed his anger upon me and I ran away for two days. When I returned everything seemed different. My outlook had been altered, time had changed and this was a different era. I grew to detest Alexander III and, when he died, his son Nicholas. To me the new Tsar was a fiend, a bloodsucker and a killer. And finally I came to yet another understanding...that everything was made by the hands of workers and peasants, and that the Emperor was dependent on us. We controlled their destinies...

It was around this time that I began to study as a watchmaker. My master got himself rich off the sufferings of his adolescent workers. I worked for him until I was nineteen and never knew what it meant to eat my fill. It was then, now a young man, that I organized a workers strike and was jailed for several days. Forbidden to enter the town's watch and jewelry shops. I wandered for a time eventually honing my skill as a watchmaker and jeweler before settling down in 1904 in the city of Ekaterinburg. The place that would come to shape my destiny. I married your mother that year and beginning in 1905 I never ceased working for the Bolshevik Party for a single day. The revolution that year has a profound effect on my sensibilities and I realized my children deserved a different life from the one I was forced to live...a life of freedom and hope...

But Russia had become unsafe for Bolsheviks and revolutionaries and not wanting to be arrested and parted from my family I took you to Berlin. There your mother and I chose to covert to Lutheranism for various reasons that bear no consequence at this point. Religion is cynical and pointless and I was happy to change my stripes to fit in with whatever crowd I was part of at a particular time...be it Jewish, Orthodox, Lutheran, or Catholic. After returning us home to Russia the authorities finally caught up to me. Fortunately their evidence against me was flimsy and I was able to convince them my activities from years earlier were the ramblings of angry young man who had since been married with children, found a steady job, and settled down. In a odd twist of fate they sent me back to Ekaterinburg where by day I worked as a photographer and by night I dedicated myself, in secret, to socialist activities and the spreading of propaganda...

A few months after the war began I was drafted into the army. But instead of serving in the ordinary ranks I signed up for medical training and was assigned to the 198th Perm Infantry Regiment as a field hospital orderly. Perhaps it should only make sense that my life is destined to end, laid up in hospital bed, where I write you this letter. The war raged on and I was exposed to its horrors constantly. The blood and the suffering and the despair hardened me. After the revolution in 1917 I deserted my post and headed back home to Ekaterinburg. That fall I become one of the founding members of the Ural Regional Soviet, and shortly thereafter I was appointed Deputy Regional Commissar of Justice and joined the Regional Cheka. It made only perfect sense then that shortly after turning forty years of age I would be appointed Commandant of the Ipatiev House. Being held there was the Imperial Family and their retainers...[interrupted]

While Yurovsky tells his story we are shown the people, places and events as he describes them. He is then cut off, momentarily at least, by his nurse who suddenly reappears...

Nurse: Pardon me gentleman...Chief Yurovsky you have barely touched your food!
Yurovsky (clearing his throat): Oh, yes, I am sorry. We are rambling on here.
Nikulin: Yes, it is I who should apologize. Madame I will see to it that the Commandant...err...the Chief finishes his food.
Nurse (after a pause): Very well...please make sure of it. He needs his strength.

The nurse departs from the room and we are shown Nikulin picking back up his pencil. Yurovsky is able to sit up long enough to place a couple of forks full of food into his mouth. Before they are able to resume conversation the scene fades out and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 18, 2013, 01:15:54 AM
Interesting that you took us a couple of decades into the future for this scene. 
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: blessOTMA on January 18, 2013, 01:37:25 AM
Terrific writing!  the son and daughter letter reminds me of my own! lol

Love the Olga  birthday dialog !

You are lucky to have folks like JamesAPrattIII  and Ann to help with the correct details... because there are so many,
they need more than one pair of eyes imo

Great!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 18, 2013, 08:31:54 AM
Thanks Anne & Tim,

Yes I need all the help I can get. As I write more I think I get better accustomed to their dialogue, speech patters and those pesky local colloquialism...but it's still not easy.

The letter is largely based off of an actual letter Yurovsky wrote to a couple of his daughters. I've filled in some of the holes because I wanted  it to detail more of his life story...at least in brief. I figure there are three main villains in the story that deserve to have their pre-revolution life touched on; Lenin, Kerensky, Yurovsky. Others such as Trotsky, Stalin and the assassins are naturally touched on as well.

Thanks for the support!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: blessOTMA on January 18, 2013, 02:34:50 PM
The letter is largely based off of an actual letter Yurovsky wrote to a couple of his daughters. 

Interesting to know that edubs, because if it was off your own bat compleltly,
I was going to say it was time to start your own Romanov novel in earnest... IF you ever have a mind to
do that some day! 

As it is, you have seamlessly  added to his letter...a remarkable feat in itself
Bravo!

The details are so vital because they should be there and correct of course.
But  more, they afford one too much dramtic opprotunity to miss. Every fact we can grasp
has the abiltiy builds something further in historial fiction.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: amelia on January 18, 2013, 02:41:45 PM
Erik,

Love the letter!!!!

Amelia
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 19, 2013, 08:28:15 PM
August 19, 1912 - Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg

Alexandra is seated with her daughter Marie at a table on their porch. It's warm outside and the air is still as the late morning sunshine pierces through the partly cloudy skies. Marie is shown reading a book and keeping her mother company while her brother and sisters presumably enjoy themselves elsewhere. She looks up and briefly makes eye contact with her her mother, receiving a silent nod and smile in return. Alexandra then picks up her pencil and begins writing a letter. As she begins scribbling down her words we hear her voice narrate a montage of scenes that will lead us to Borodino...

Alexandra [narrating]: Dear Madgie, loving thanks for your letter and forgive me for being such a shockingly bad correspondent. My sister Victoria visited for a week which was delightful, and Ella came for three days as well. I shall see her again in Moscow. Brother Ernie and family we hosted in the Crimea. Waldemar came for three days on the Standart in Finland and Irene will come at the end of September to see us in Poland, at our hunting lodge in Spala...Next week we leave for Borodino to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the great battle and Russia's defense against Napoleon's army. After that is Moscow. Terribly tiring festivities. I don't know how I shall get through them. After visiting Moscow in the spring I was done up for quite a long time. Now I am, on the whole, feeling better. Here we have had colossal heat and scarcely ever a drop of rain...(looking at her daughter Marie as she buries her head in her reading)...If you know of any interesting historical books for girls, could you tell me? I read to them often and they have begun reading English for themselves. They already read a great deal of French and the two youngest acted out Moliere's "Bourgeois Gentilhomme", really quite well. Four languages is a lot but they need them absolutely...I have begun painting flowers, as alas, I have had to leave my signing and playing as it is too tiring and not something that Nicky ever warmed to for one reason or another...Olga will soon be seventeen, amazing it is to think about. I have begun to give some thought to a suitable husband for her. She is bright and dear but stubborn and refuses to consider leaving Russia for any reason or any man. But Nicky and I have our eye on a potential suitor. It is the Tsar's young cousin Dmitry Pavlovich, handsome, charming, and a personal favorite of ours. We looked after him for much of his childhood. He has since become an officer in the guard's regiment and is a fine equestrian, so much so that he visited Stockholm earlier this summer to compete in the Olympic games...oh Madgie, if only our children could be as happy in their married life as Nicky and I...I must end now. Goodbye and may God bless and keep you. A tender kiss from your fondly loving old Alix.

As Alexandra's letter, interspersed with brief clips of the subjects and topics she is describing, ends with the Empress gazing out the window of the imperial train that has just arrived at a station. The scene cuts to the imperial family shown existing their train accompanied by several other various Romanov family members and retainers. Pulling into the station it is surrounded by a large turnout who have come to greet the Tsar and his family commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Borodino...

The Tsar and Alexei are dressed in full uniform while Alexandra and daughters are clothed in white dresses and hats. The local assemblymen and their wives, surrounded by dozens of other townspeople are there to officially greet them. Flowers are handed to eldest daughters Olga and Tatiana, commemorative jewelry given to the Empress and smaller gift items are handed to Marie and Anastasia. The Tsar is then humbly welcomed and given an an antique riffle used by a fallen officer at the battle. Alexei is given a smaller gold plated musket, and much to the delight of the crowd of onlookers he immediately starts imitating a military exercise and points and fires the unloaded weapon at various surrounding officers who fake injury and death with smiles on their faces. The Tsar, smiling all along, finally puts a stop to his son's playful antics and moments later the family with their retainers are led away from the train station...

We are then shown various clips set to music...
- Dozens of soldiers and officers have come to escort the Imperial Family to the various locations of the battlefield and tell stories.  
- The family being driven in carriage and escorted by elderly former officers dressed in retro 1812 military fatigues; some of whom in French and Italian uniform.
- The Tsar and Alexei walking together along a path overlooking the battlefield and being pointed out where various events took place by a decorated officer.
- The family is shown being served refreshments under a makeshift church canopy.
- The family follows in behind of the clergy who wheel a large memorial icon out onto the battlefield. In the distance peasants, barely aware that anything of significance is taking place, continue to plow their fields and reaping stalks of wheat.
- Nicholas on horse back salutes soldiers marching past who then treat their honored guests to a series of military maneuvers that greatly excite Alexei and his sisters.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 19, 2013, 08:28:31 PM
As the music dies down we are shown the Tsar leading a cavalcade of grand dukes and officers riding around the sacred battlefield as many of their ancestors had centuries earlier. Nicholas is shown chatting with an officer as well as Grand Duke's Sergei Mikhailovich and Kirill Vladimirovich on either side...

Officer (pointing out a spot in the field): Now over that way your majesty a well place mortar exploded instantly killing at least three dozen of Napoleon's soldiers and leaving as many injured.
Nicholas: Such a blast I would imagine could rattle the nerves of still more men. It could render an entire unit ineffective.
Officer: Yes indeed your majesty...and we are just finishing up.
GD Sergei Mikhailovich (noticing that they are approaching the area where the other guests are standing): And up ahead I see our patiently waiting family members.
Nicholas (focusing in his eldest daughter Olga standing in between the Empress on her left and sister Tatiana on her right, who she smiles with and whispers quietly too): Kirill, is young Dmitri riding directly behind us?
GD Kirill Vladimirovich: Oh yes...and it looks like he's smiling in the direction of your daughters.
Nicholas (smirking): There is a fence ahead, just off to the right of the crowd. Lets give the boy a chance to show off shall we?
GD Kirill Vladimirovich (smiling and calling Dmitri to the front): Dmitri!
Dmitri Pavlovich (galloping up next to his relatives): Yes cousin Kirill.
GD Kirill Vladimirovich: You see that fence ahead?
Dmitri Pavlovich: Yes.
GD Kirill Vladimirovich: Show us how to jump?
GD Sergei Mikhailovich: Yes, show us what you do Olympian!

Dmitri smiles and begins to gallop away from the cavalcade. The crowd, including the imperial family follows as he races his way over to the fence...

Alexandra: What on earth is he doing?
Alexei: He is going to jump the fence mama!
Anastasia (holding her brother's hand as they cheer him on together): Go Dmitri, you can do it!

In slow motion we are shown the Grand Duke on horseback easily sailing over the fence and landing gracefully before turning back and trotting his way past his pleased looking admirers. He steers closely to where the imperial family is standing. Alexandra, upright, smiling, and proud. Olga and Tatiana grin widely and giggle to one another as Dmitri tips his hat to his younger applauding cousins Marie, Anastasia, and Alexei, as well as other admirers, before focusing in again on the Tsar's eldest daughter, grinning widely. As he makes his way past, Olga and Tatiana look on as though entranced. Anastasia giggling with sister Marie notices what is taking place and moves over waving her hand and snapping her fingers in the face of her oldest sister. Olga comes to, looking mildly embarrassed to the great amusement of her mother and siblings standing closely around...

The scene cuts away and picks back up with Nicholas being brought over to meet an elderly man in uniform, barely able to stand, but led forward to greet his Tsar...

Officer: Your majesty I am please to introduce you to Sergeant Yury Voitinuik.
Nicholas (removing his hat and lightly grasping the man's hand with both of his): Sergeant it is with a great honor that I shake your hand.
Voitinuik (smiling and speaking in quiet, slurred, speech): Your majesty. God bless you. It is I who am honored.
Officer: The sergeant demanded that he be able to stand to greet his Emperor.
Nicholas: Again I am honored by such a gesture. But please let us sit together. I would greatly enjoy hearing any stories you may recall.
Voitinuik (being helped to a nearby chair and seated across from the Tsar and other surrounding officers): I was twenty two years old serving in Kutuzov's army. By then I was already a veteran and looked up to by many of the men...

The old man's voice, while farcically claiming to have fought in the battle while still being alive in 1912 at the age of 122, trails off and the scene cuts to the unveiling of a large monument at the top of hill that has been erected. Standing and surrounded by a large crowd the Tsar prepares to address them with a speech from atop of podium...

Nicholas: We gather her today to pay our respects and honor the sacrifice of our great Russian heroes from a century ago. On this day, the seventh of September, eighteen hundred and twelve, a quarter million men did battle on either side. Included in this were more than 44,000 loyal troops who left their lives on the battlefield in the defense our their glorious empire. Despite the heavy loses incurred the Imperial Army stood firm against the French Grande Armee' of Napoleon. Our brave Russian ancestors eliminated a third of Napoleon's seemingly invincible army, marking Borodino the last offensive staged by a foreign enemy on Russian soil. General Kutuzov's heroic efforts against the French Emperor have made him a legend among Russians. Napoleon on the other hand left this sacred battlefield with his forces staggering and bewildered. Soon he would be forced to retreat from a later campaign at Moscow and it would cost him both the war and his crown...My family and I would like to thank those of you who have made us feel so welcomed and honored on this great day. This triumphant anniversary that we commemorate with beautiful monuments, statues and holy icons. Today we pray for the souls of the fallen on this battlefield, Russian and enemy alike, and honor the sacrifice and bravery of the imperial army...let us now pray!

An Orthodox Priest steps forward and begins reciting a biblical passage and prayer. Nicholas drops to a knee and following his lead so do all other men in attendance while their female companions bow their heads in reverence. The scene fades out and cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 20, 2013, 11:37:16 AM
Ah yes, the vetran of 1812.  I wonder if that guy was real.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 20, 2013, 01:22:03 PM
Ah yes, the vetran of 1812.  I wonder if that guy was real.

lol, I can believe that he was alive in 1812 but he certainly wasn't a veteran of the war. We talked a little bit about this in the Borodino thread a few months back that BlessOTMA started. There are no records in Russian history of anyone living past about the age of 112-115 much less 122. And certainly not back in 1912.

The guy probably was really old and started believing his own lie after a few years of perpetuating the myth. It probably started back when he was in his 60s and claimed to be in his 80s. By the time he was 102 and managed to still be alive it was easy for him to claim that he was 122 and had fought in the battle.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 20, 2013, 04:18:17 PM
Yeah, that is what I meant to say, sorry I muddled it. I believe Nicholas met a man who claimed to have been a vetren, but I doubted the old guy was really a survivor of the 1812 battle.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 21, 2013, 05:09:49 PM
January, 1912 - St. Petersburg

GD Alexander Mikhailovich and wife Xenia Alexandrovna are shown greeting the just arrived GD Nicholas Mikhailovich at their home. They are serving tea and biscuits and welcome the older brother of Alexander who has just arrived home from Paris...

GD Alexander (upon Nicholas entering the room): Brother!
GD Nicholas (smiling as his two hosts stand to greet him): Sandro!...Xenia!...you look lovely as always my dear.
Xenia (extending her hand to be kissed): Thank you Nicholas, and you.
GD Alexander (as the party is seated around a small table): And how was Paris? You spent quite some time abroad.
GD Nicholas: Oh you know me too well. I could spend nearly all of my time in France. Even in these dreary winter months.
Xenia: It couldn't possibly feel more miserable than it does in St. Petersburg in January.
GD Nicholas (taking a bite from a biscuit): No certainly not!
Xenia: You'll have to tell us all about your trip, every last detail.
GD Nicholas: Certainly...but what news of Russia? I've been gone a month. Does the Empire still stand?
GD Alexander (chuckle): I'm afraid it has begun to crumble in your absence. Too bad a scholar of your esteem wasn't present to record the details.
GD Nicholas (laughing): So I trust things are well...the seas of Russia are still calm?
GD Alexander: For the moment at least. But there are always storm clouds on the horizon.
GD Nicholas: Xenia how have your various foundations been coming alone?
Xenia (sipping from her cut of tea): Oh quite well, thank you for asking. I'm especially happy with the boarding school. Up to 350 students, all funded and well cared for.
GD Nicholas: Oh my! Splendid work you do Xenia...bless you!
Xenia (smiling and nodding): Thank you.
GD Alexander: Xenia spoke with the Empress just the other day.
GD Nicholas: Oh? Do tell.
Xenia: Yes I went to see her. Figured I would surprise her as I heard it was a slow day at the palace. I found her in bed, as usual, in her large room. We talked about the Bishop Hermogen, the Monk Iliodor and most importantly, Gregory Rasputin. The papers are forbidden to write about him, but a few days ago his name was again mentioned in several of them. Those issues were of course confiscated, but not soon enough to stop the gossip from spreading.
GD Nicholas: I cannot imagine what good can come of their censorship. Rasputin's influence is already the worst kept secret in all of St. Petersburg.
Xenia: Yes, indeed. Everybody already knows and talks about him. I must say it's terrible though the things they say about him, about Alix, and everything that goes on at Tsarskoe.
GD Alexander: Yes perhaps there would not be such a need for censorship if these damn newsman were not so libelous in their reporting.
Xenia: I mentioned to Alix that the Yusupovs had come for tea earlier the previous day. Thinking that I might be doing her a favor I chose to reveal all the rumors that I had heard through them. But it was no use.
GD Nicholas: She doesn't take well to criticism.
Xenia: No. And she treats any sort of inquiry to the behavior of Rasputin as a personal affront. In general everything Alix said was besides the point. There is obviously a lot she doesn't understand. She has castigated society as dirty-minded gossips, Tyutcheva for talking too much and lying, and the ministers as all cowards.
GD Nicholas: It seems Alix's not understanding is becoming an all too common theme.
Xenia: Yes, and I wonder how it will all end. It's terrible.
GD Alexander: We aren't certain what should be done. We assume Alix will give us no time but perhaps Nicky will be receptive to a small family intervention.
GD Nicholas: Nicholas will stand by his wife.
GD Alexander: Then it is time that we stand up to her.
GD Nicholas: Good luck with that. The problem with the Tsar is that you never know what he's thinking. Sometimes I see a sensible man receptive to the recommendations of those who advise and other times he can be convinced of nothing. The Empress on the other hand wears her emotions on her sleeve.
GD Alexander: Yes it's sadly true. Nicholas will graciously welcome those before him and hear every last detail of their report. Then he will smile and shake their hand and thank them. As soon as they walk out he will then erase the meeting from his mind as though it never took place. He is stubborn, but is a master of disguise.
GD Nicholas: It's dangerous to possess such a trait. Nicky needs to understand that others must know how he feels and what he thinks.
Xenia: It's not his way. I could sense it in him from an early age. He likes people, but he doesn't trust their judgement. No one saw this better than mother and I.
GD Alexander: Yes, and few know Nicholas the man better than I.
GD Nicholas: Then why don't the two of you sit down with him?
GD Alexander: He needs more than the opinions of his sister and boyhood friend...we need your help.
GD Nicholas (leaning back in his hear and laughing): I think you have too much faith in my powers of persuasion my dear Sandro. I'm far from the most popular Romanov. Alix disdains me, the Vladimirovichi are quite aware of my loathing for them, and Nicholas's own favorite uncle Nikolasha and I haven't spoken a kind word to one another in years.
Xenia: He likes you personally Nicholas. So does my mother. Nicky respects you and knows you would not lead him astray. Right now he must hear from all sides. We can present him a united front.
GD Nicholas: Well I certainly do appreciate your confidence in me. I'll consider it and see how I can be of use.
GD Alexander/Xenia (simultaneously): Thank you.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 21, 2013, 05:10:22 PM
The scene cuts away and we pick things up immediately with Nicholas, in his office, speaking again with Prime Minister Kokovtsov. They continue to discuss the issue of Rasputin and we focus on a snippet of their conversation. Their voices talk over a series of short clips showing Rasputin being led into Nicholas's private study and greeting the Tsar, Empress and children. They all seem pleased to see him and gather round to listen to what appears to be a combination of quiet prayers recited with eyes closed followed by wide eyed and animated stories that have the imperial couple smiling and children laughing...

Nicholas (handing him a cup of tea): He's coming to see us in a couple of weeks you know.

Kokovtsov looking perplexed stands at the Tsar's desk while Nicholas walks in behind him to be seated around a table in the middle of the room...

PM Kokovtsov: Oh?
Nicholas (grinning): Yes, we have invited him. The children will be there as well. They are very excited.
PM Kokovtsov: Forgive me your majesty but are you sure now is the right time to be consorting with this man?
Nicholas: I'm not giving him up and turning my back on Father Grigory who has done so much good and brought so much pleasure to my family.
PM Kokovtsov: Yes, perhaps not permanently your majesty, but for the time being. Just until the issue blows over in the Duma and society stops gossiping.
Nicholas: Imagine for a moment that I cared about the concerns of the Duma or what society thinks of my private family affairs...do you really believe not meeting with Grigory Efimovich on such infrequent occasions is going to change their opinion?
PM Kokovtsov (hesitantly): You point is clear sire.
Nicholas: Is it?
PM Kokovtsov: Yes and perhaps there is a way we can convince both the government and the people that this man poses no threat. And, your majesty, I'm afraid it is important what they think. I was reading the "Golos Moskvy" the other day (pulling the clipping out of his pocket)
Nicholas (sarcastically while walking back over to his desk): Oh and you've brought the clipping with you I see, how delightful. Add another newspaper to the list of those I'll be closing down.
PM Kokovtsov: Your majesty if I may...they denounce "the cunning conspirator against our Holy Church. That fornicator of human souls and bodies, Grigory Rasputin". It then goes on to talk about "the unheard of tolerance exhibited toward the said Grigory Rasputin by the highest dignitaries of the Church."
Nicholas (sarcastically and growing with anger): Thank you for that Kokovtsov. That was useful information!
PM Kokovtsov: It has moved beyond gossip. It has become a full fledged scandal and it requires our considerable efforts not only to protect you your majesty, but also the church.
Nicholas (after a pause): You want to investigate?
PM Kokovtsov: I want to clear his name, once and for all.
Nicholas (pausing and pacing behind his desk): Alright...lets reexamine the case. So long as we understand what we are after. They think Rasputin is a rogue, or some member of the Khlysty. We'll show them that Bishop Anthony's investigation was correct all along. That this is an innocent man, the victim of nothing more than a smear campaign.
PM Kokovtsov (excited): Excellent your majesty! I'll commission the task directly to President Rodzianko.
Nicholas: Rodzianko?
PM Kokovtsov: Let the President of the Duma reveal his findings to the assembly that he leads, and then let it be known publicly. It will surely carry more weight coming from him. In a matter of weeks we'll be able to lift the ban on the newspapers. By the time Rodzianko's report comes out exonerating Rasputin the gossip hounds will never dare speak ill of him again.
Nicholas (nodding and taking a sip of tea): So be it.

The focus cuts away from Nicholas and Kokovtsov's discussion and rejoins Rasputin and his visit with the imperial family. The children have since left the room and the Starets speaks alone, seated, next to the Tsar and Empress...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 21, 2013, 05:10:35 PM
Rasputin: They have turned their back on me. It is not because they doubt me but because they fear me.
Alexandra (teary eyed): But why?
Rasputin: Fear is the root of jealously. The Orthodoxy wants control over the people and the government and their holy and righteous Matushka and Batushka. But it is only Christ and the Lord that compels you, not the holy men of the church.
Nicholas: Yes, yes it is true.
Rasputin (grinning): I speak only the truth to you.
Alexandra (turning her attention to her husand): Nicky we must be rid of the Bishop and the Monk. They have betrayed Father Grigory and will betray us also.
Nicholas: What should I do?
Alexandra: Punish them. Send them away from here!
Nicholas: Into exile?
Alexandra: Yes!
Rasputin: Yes.
Nicholas: But to where?
Rasputin: The Bishop is fond of Minsk. The monastery there would suit him well. As for Iliodor, I know of a monastery in Vladimir. It is called Florishchevsky. I have been there.
Nicholas: They will be far from each other and far from St. Petersburg.
Rasputin: Yes. It will give them the chance to find their souls and reclaim their faith that has been lost.
Nicholas: Very well. I'll see it to.

The scene cuts away again we pick things up at Prime Minister Kokovtsov's office days later. He is joined by State Duma Deputy Chairman Prince V.M. Volkonsky and President Mikhail Rodzianko. They are discussing the reopened case against Rasputin...

Kokovtsov: I sat with the Dowager Empress for an hour and half the other day.
Rodzianko (seated uncomfortably with his wide frame fidgeting): Oh? Rasputin was discussed?
Kokovtsov: We spoke of little else. She wept bitterly and promised to speak to the Tsar, but had little hope of success. She said that my poor daughter-in-law does not perceive that she is ruining both the dynasty and herself. That she sincerely believes in the holiness of an adventurer and we are powerless to ward off the misfortune which is sure to come.
Rodzianko: I should also like to speak with her. She is a woman of sound logic and great common sense...but what of the Tsar?
Kokovtsov: He recently wrote Minister Makarov another nasty note demanding that he again take firm measures to bring the press to order and prohibit them from printing anything about Rasputin.
Rodzianko: Well I certainly hope the Tsar has taken more warmly to me and my efforts. The Tsarevich Alexei was quite amused the first time we met aboard their imperial yacht.
Volkonsky: Oh? Why is that?
Rodzianko: Well I could sense there was something of a tension. The boy was initially reserved, probably imitating his father. But I stood up straight and in my deep bass announced that I was the biggest and fattest man in Russia. With but a moment's hesitation the Tsarevich laughed and the rest of the conversation with his majesty was made easier.
V.M. Volkonsky: Yet the Empress thinks rather ill of you. Rasputin as well.
Rodzianko: The Empress thinks ill of any man holding power, however small, that is not of royal lineage. And then even some of them from what I gather...as far as Rasputin is concerned, the man is a scoundrel. I should think any man who he does not oppose is a scoundrel also.
Kokovtsov (inquisitive): How is your report on this scoundrel proceeding?
Rodzianko: Still gathering information. Interviewing many of those with startling accounts, yet much of the evidence is still speculative.
Kokovtsov: Mister President I am concerned that there might have been a breakdown in communication between you and I.
Rodzianko: Regarding?
Kokovtsov: Regarding the nature of this case. The Tsar does not wish to expose Rasputin's flaws, nor is he interested in punishing this man. Any dirt you find on Grigory Efimovich will only be used to bury your report.
Rodzianko (perplexed): But I don't understand. The Tsar commissions a report then he does not want to hear the truth obtained from it?
Kokovtsov: You know as well as I that truth matters little in this instance. Rasputin is a personal friend to the imperial family. His word will always outweighs ours. It is our duty to present the public with a story that best preserves the prestige of the crown.
Rodzianko: You mean to lie.
V.M. Volkonsky: To withhold...for the greater good of course.
Rodzianko: Well this is all a spectacular waste of time!
Kokovtsov: I wish to simply remind you that you are being asked only to study the matter and not to hold a second inquiry. By making too much of your task you might only revive and prolong the scandal and further compromise his majesty.
Rodzianko (after a pause and sighing in disgust): I do not care to stir up trouble. If these are the wishes of the Tsar then I shall reluctantly obey. But I will not change my mind or alter my broader pursuit of ousting this Holy Devil. I fear that one day we will look back upon this period of time as having marked the beginning of the decay of Russian society, and the loss of prestige of the throne and of the Tsar himself.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Rodney_G. on January 22, 2013, 12:55:16 PM
Erik, are you sure you're not reincarnated from an earlier life lived within the Imperial Family circle of the late 19th/ early 20th century? Your writing and scenes make me suspect you were. In other words, your screenplay in all its forms  has been outstanding!

I thought I almost "knew it all" , but you'v e confirmed that I'm still capable of discovering so much more.Maybe you could tell us some of your sources or research approach? I mean, finding Iliodor's diary, in English no less; give me a break! very nice.

I've been enjoying reading your scenes so much , I tend to forget they're really intended to be seen and heard on the big screen. If that becomes the reality , you would deserve truly big bucks.

I think you've grasped the subtleties of class and status in your dialogues very nicely. That could be tricky since in the Imperial world so much importance was placed on rank and role and it would all be manifest in even the slightest nuance of speech or even physical movement.

Anyway, romantic that I am, I was really rocked by your depiction of Olga's birthday celebration. The proud father; the overwhelmed daughter; the honored regiment, the sisterly reaction. "And there wasn't a dry eye in the house". One of your very best pages.

Also you've captured amazingly  Nicholas'  underappreciated and understated sense of humor.  Typically self deprecating ,with a nice way if including everyone in the joke and with a way with words which his detractors rarely acknowledge.. I won't say he cracks me up, but brings a smile to the face as you'v portrayed him in those lighter moments.


Now, just to bring you back to earth, a few nitpicks. Whether in  your narrative, or in actual dialogue, I think you should avoid referring to GD Nickolai Nickolaivich ("Nikolasha")as the Emperor's uncle. They were cousins, although Nikolasha was of an older generation than Nicholas Alexandrovich. In fact many histories make that mistake.

And several scenes earlier, I think it was probably wrong to have both of Alexei's nannies, Derevenko and Nagorny, caring for him together. I don't think they watched him as a team, but rather Derevenko was primary, with Nagorny relieving him on a regular schedule. Not that this film's intended audience would know or care ;D

Anyhoo, your small but by now totally  hooked readership will say , "keep it coming!" , not least of all  with the more intimate , but revealing inside IF anecdotes, which illustrate why so many of us are Romanovphiles.
 

Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 22, 2013, 04:52:29 PM
Trying to get rid of Rasputin.  However, unfortunately, he had friends in high places, literally.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: blessOTMA on January 22, 2013, 10:55:48 PM
What Rodney_G.  said... wow!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 23, 2013, 03:12:16 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind words and continued support!

Rodney wonderfully humbling remarks. Right you are on Nikolasha. My slip up and should I know better by now to call him an uncle (although I'm sure Nicholas considered him on). Also, would Nagorny and Derevenko have been separated even in Livadia? I asked because going to the Crimea seems to have been a slightly smaller production that their day to day functions might have been while aboard in St. Petersburg or aboard the Standart.

One of the reasons why I wrote the previous scene the way I did involving both of them is because, if you remember, Alexei was taking on a joy ride and little exploration separate from the rest of the family. I'm wagering that the Tsar and Empress would have demanded at least the efforts of both of them to watch over their son. They took him to the beach and let him walk some of the trails. Anything involving even the slightest amount of exertion could, obviously, turn into a dangerous situation rather quickly for the Tsarevich. Accompanied by two able bodied men would make it less likely for him to run off and get himself into trouble, or fall and injure himself, etc.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: Rodney_G. on January 23, 2013, 05:16:55 PM
Edubs, your scene was quite plausible for the reasons you name. It's just that I have literally never seen  both men in photos together or mentioned by contemporaries as watching Alexei at the same time. Not even in what might be a 'shift' change; so I was struck by their pairing.

Carry on.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 23, 2013, 11:06:10 PM
For this next entry I've truncated things a bit. In reality, for those of you who might be keeping tabs, the Lena shooting of gold miners occurred only after several weeks worth of strikes. In this instance I've used a bit of artistic license to portray the events as happening one after the other over the course of a couple of days. Besides that everything is basically true to form...

April, 1912 - Siberia

Scene begins with several clips showing gold miners laboring away at a site in northeast Siberia near the Lena River. Teams hold hoses and blast water for dredging purposes, while other men shown cutting into the earth with large pickaxes. Still more are shown thumbing away through sluice boxes and performing traditional panning methods while armed guards stand nearby watching every last movement of their workers. One man comes across a hunk of iron pyrite and initially looks excited...

Worker #1 (pulling the piece from the sluice box and brushing it off): Look, look!
Worker #2 (excitedly): Oh my, what have you got there?
Worker #1: I don't know. Looks like gold to me!
Worker #2: Yes, yes I think it is!
Guard (walking over after hearing the commotion): Let me see it...hand it to me.
Worker #1: It's Gold, I found it.
Worker #2: We found it!
Worker #1: Yes we have been at it together for hours, and finally this!
Guard (checks over the piece, then responding sarcastically): You found it did you?
Worker #2: Yes...what is it?
Guard: It's pyrite you imbeciles!
Worker #1: Pyrite?
Guard: Fools gold! Perfect for a couple of fools! (tossing the piece back over at the men)
Worker #2 (catching and then reanalyzing it): But, but, no. It looks like Gold to me.
Guard: Maybe I'll stick it in a pistol and use it to fire off a couple of slugs into you idiots...now back to work!
Worker #1: We are due for a break. We need to be fed.
Guard (moving closer and speaking in a threatening tone): You just wasted two minutes of my time.
Worker #2: Fine, then we'll work for two more minutes and then we'll go eat.
Guard (smirking sarcastically): No, no, no. For every minute you waste that's five more you must work (checking his watch)...and look, up to three minutes now. Get back to it, and in fifteen minutes I might consider letting you have your lunch break, and not a moment sooner!

The dejected looking workers slowly turn around and get back to work. As the guard moves away to hassle other co-workers they begin whispering to one another...

Worker #1: I should take the next piece of fools good we find and stick it up that fool's ass.
Worker #2: Yes! You know if I found a piece of gold that size I would sneak the hell out of here with it.
Worker #1: They would shoot you if they caught you.
Worker #2: I don't care, it's worth the risk. Something that valuable is worth more than my life. I'd make sure my mother and wife and children were well fed. Then they can shoot me if they like. But not before I get a crack at the bastard Chernovenko!
Worker #1: Yes, we are as likely to die here working.
Worker #2: Sixteen hour days. And for what, for who? I was speaking to Boris yesterday. He thinks we should strike. Just like they did at Andreyevsky a month ago.
Worker #1: Little good that did...besides, we can't stop working...they'll shoot us for that too.
Worker #2: They can't do that, they need us. Where would they be in the middle Siberia without their workers...do you even know who they work for? Who we are really breaking our backs for?
Worker #1: Who?
Worker #2: These capitalist tyrants. The shareholders who own us.
Worker #1: Yes, but who exactly.
Worker #2: Boris says that Count Sergei Witte, and Marie Feodorovna are members.
Worker #1: Marie Feodorovna...the Dowager Empress?
Worker #2: Yes of course, why does that surprise you? They are our slave masters.
Worker #1: To hell with all of them...to hell with the Empire!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 23, 2013, 11:06:43 PM
The scene cuts away from the men who continue their work in silence and catches back up at dinner break later that evening. We catch back up with our two workers standing in line and waiting to receive their portions of food. They spot their friend Boris who quickly moves over to them accompanied by another man...

Worker #2 [Vitaly] (calling out): Boris!
Boris: Vitaly, Mikhail, this is Yefim...Yefim was transferred here with others the day before last. He took part in the Andreyevsky strike!

The men greet one another and are momentarily interrupted by a fellow worker standing in line behind them...

Worker #3: Hey, you there, back of the line!
Boris: I'm not in line, we are only hear to speak to these men for a few moments. (turning his attention back to his friends) So there is something in the works...
Worker #3: I don't care who the hell you're talking to, get out of here!
Boris (taking out a coupon used as a food voucher and placing it in the man's hand): Here, take this. Buy yourself an extra role of bread. But please, shut your mouth!
Worker #3 (nodding his head): Go ahead about your business.
Boris (turning his attention back to his friends and speaking softly): So anyway, Yefim and I have been organizing many of the men we work with in the mine shafts. He has heard that all of the members of the Strike Committee and Central Bureau are to be arrested.
Vitaly: Arrested? When?
Yefim: Tonight. The Tsar's troops are coming for them.
Mikhail: Well what can we do about that? There is nothing we can do...except get ourselves arrested also.
Boris: You have seen the extra security brought here in recent weeks. They are terrified of a strike. The committee and bureau have been standing up for us and tomorrow we are going to stand up for them!
Vitaly: When?
Yefim: After breakfast. We are spreading the word.
Mikhail: Many men would go about their work and not join in.
Boris: Oh I think not. Once they see us toss aside our tools and stand firm they'll join in on the spontaneous act of defiance...I promise you!
Mikhail: How can you be so sure?
Yefim: Does it matter? What do we men have to lose at this point? What more can they take from us other than our lives?
Mikhail: I for one should prefer to go on living.
Vitaly: Excuse my friend (turning his body to face Mikhail)...you hate these men as much as I Mikhail. It's time to send these bastards a message.
Boris: Yes, the more workers who strike the more the government will soon realize that our demands must be met...or else the industry of Russia will be crippled! The fate of the Empire is in our hands!
Mikhail (pausing then nodding his head and slowly lifting it): Alright.
Vitaly (smiling and embracing him): Yes, that's the spirit!
Boris: We must go now and spread the word elsewhere.
Mikhail: Be careful. The guards will be suspicious if the see that you keep hopping around like this.
Boris: Yes, thank you, we will...Yefim, lets go.
Yefim: I will see you both tomorrow. We will March together.

Boris and Yefim move away just as Vasily and Mikhail reach the front of the line and order some meat and bread. They handle their coupons to a disgruntled looking worker who gives them a long look, shaking his head to replies of "what?" from the two workers, as though he is aware what is about to go down...

The scene shifts to the following morning and guards are shown as having been out numbered by many hundreds of men who stand united several dozen meters outside the main office. Shouting back and forth at one another one particular pair of worker's voice's, the de facto leaders of the strikers brigade, can be heard above all.

Guard/s: Get back to work, all of you!
Worker #4: No. Release our representatives first!
Worker #5: Then tell your bosses that they must agree to our demands before any men here picks up a single tool again.
Guard/s: What demands?
Worker #5: Eight to ten hour work days! 30% pay increase and the elimination of fines.
Worker #4: Better quality food and better distribution!

The scene cuts to a few hours later and the standoff continues. Many of the men are now seated in the courtyard while others mill around and spark up conversation. The two worker leaders are shown discussing a plan with Yefim who moments later walks back through several rows of standing and seated men to report the information to his friends...

Boris: What are they planning?
Yefim: We will march to Nadezhdinsky and deliver a complaint.
Mikhail: March? What, all of us?
Vasily: There must be 2,500 men in this crowd.
Yefim: Yes our numbers alone will be a show of force, but we will walk peacefully.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 23, 2013, 11:06:55 PM
The scene cuts to the large crowd making their way closer to the goldmine entrance and office. The guards move back allowing them to approach and seemingly uncertain what to do, but from out of their barracks several dozen soldiers then appear unexpectedly. In a smaller scaled visual replay of the "Bloody Sunday" massacre from year earlier the leaders of the strike stop in their tracks and plead with their fellow workers to "hold on, hold on" and "stop for a moment". Suddenly several soldiers take aim and fire into the crowd. Instantly men are shown falling as others scream in panic and flee the scene. Among other shouts we can hear those from the main characters of our scene...

Worker #4: They're firing at us! They are murderers!
Worker #5: Retreat! Retreat!
Mikhail: Move, move it! We'll all be killed!
Boris: Get out of here, go, go!

As the chaos ensues Mikhail and Vasily are shown next to one another fleeing when suddenly Vasily is shown, shot in the back, falling to the ground. A shocked and incensed Mikhail drops to the ground and crawls on his hands and knees over to his fallen comrade who has been punctured by a bullet through the back and exiting out the front of the chest. He holds his friend calling out his name and pleading with him to hang on long enough for them to find a doctor. Vasily is shaking, breathing heavily and spitting up blood in what are his dying moments. He works up just enough strength to say the following...

Vasily: Go...go!
Mikhail: No, I won't leave you Vasily. Things are dying down and I will carry you. You will live!
Vasily (slowly): No...go...find your pot of Gold.

Moments later we see Vasily expire as Mikhail continues to hold his body in his arms screaming out and cursing the soldiers and those responsible for this massacre. The scene then cuts away and picks back up with Mikhail Rodzianko, President of the Duma, sitting alone at his desk and going over paper worker. Moments later there is a knock on the door...

Rodzianko: Come in.
Assistant: Mister Chairman, Mister Kerensky here to see you.
Rodzianko (putting his pen away): Oh yes, show him in please.
Kerensky (walking into the room with the door closed behind him): Chairman Rodzianko.
Rodzianko (shaking hands): Kerensky how are you?
Kerensky: Very well sir, and you?
Rodzianko: Fine...I appreciate you coming so quickly, I know how busy a man you are. Defender of the revolutionaries.
Kerensky (smiling): Defender of the law.

Rodzianko, staggers to his feet from his seated position via his large frame and then makes his way over to a table to be seated again across from Kerensky...

Rodzianko: Yes, the Trudoviks are nothing if not self righteous...and now I hear you want to bring your law to Siberia.
Kerensky: That is correct...a commission to investigate the tragedy at Lena.
Rodzianko: Just you?
Kerensky: A pair of Moscow lawyers; S.A. Kobyakov, and A.M. Nikitin will be joining me.
Rodzkiano: And what do you hope to find? Some gold?
Kerensky: Only if I'm lucky. Otherwise some truth and justice will do fine. I promise you we will get the bottom of it.
Rodzianko: You know the government already ordered a commission to investigate.
Kerensky: Yes I believe Interior Minister Maklakov's response to the massacre was, "so it was, so it will be." Rather catchy don't you think?
Rodzianko: And what do you expect to find that they could not?
Kerensky: Oh I don't expect we will find anything they didn't. Only we will reveal much more than they did.
Rodzianko (after a pause): What do you know so far?
Kerensky: I know a peaceful demonstration of unarmed striking workers has left nearly two hundred dead. I know they were protesting their working conditions and that the fallen have become martyrs to the cause of workers throughout Russia.
Rodzianko: The government does not take well to workers who stop working for it.
Kerensky: Quite obviously. Last year the Governor of Irkutsk, Colonel Bantysh, visited the Lena Goldfields. Appalled by the working and living conditions of the miners he urged the administration to take drastic measures less the workers force the issue on their own...it appears his warning went unheeded.
Rodzianko: Your legal successes have been a source of embarrassment for the government. How much longer do you think they'll allow you to make a fool out them.
Kerensky: Until I'm dead I suppose. Thus far I have not been subject to the slightest bit of pressure. And besides, no one can oust us from the courts or lift a finger against us. The government commission sits in one house we sit in another. The gold fields administration will surely resent our intrusion of course, but they won't be able to do a thing to stop us. And as I mentioned to you before, we'll find the truth.
Rodzianko: Are you always this certain of your abilities, or is it the blind arrogance of a young man?
Kerensky (smiling): President Rodzianko it is men such as I...men raised beneath the roofs of blind and arrogant old fools, that are the future of Russia.

The two men stare at each other momentarily before the scene fades out and cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 25, 2013, 01:11:03 AM
Ah, the unrest continues.  Good scenes showing how bad things got with the workers.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 25, 2013, 04:10:47 PM
April, 1912 - Tauride Palace, St. Petersburg

We pick things back up during Duma deliberations on the War Ministry's budget at Tauride Palace. The camera pans around the palace room momentarily capturing the seemingly controlled chaos of the chamber in session before focusing in on a brief scene involving War Minister Vladimir Sukhomlinov and representative Alexander Guchkov. Sukhomlinov is seated at a desk while being surrounded by, spoken to, and handed reports from various assistants. Moments later Guchkov walks over, accompanied by two of his own assistants standing on either side...

Sukhomlinov (noticing the approaching Guchkov then looking down at his paperwork): Guchkov...how may I help you?
Gochkov: We must speak Mister Minister.
Sukhomlinov (still with head down): Well, speak then.
Guchkov: Alone, perhaps?
Sukhomlinov: Do you feel embarrassed when speaking in the presence of others?
Guchkov: It's regarding the counter intelligence department. I have some news to deliver. It would be more appropriate to speak in private. A courtesy I wish to extend, less I be placed placed on one of your blacklists.
Sukhomlinov (lifting his head up): Gentleman would all of you excuse us momentarily...(Guchkov excused his assistants as well)...the counter intelligence staff works independently, but if I had my way!
Guchkov: Yes, your man Miasoedov has been going about his work in quite a reckless manner.
Sukhomlinov: Reckless you say?
Guchkov: I demand an explanation for the large sums being allocated for Miasoedov's work.
Sukhomlinov: It says it right there (pointing to the header of a document lying on the desk in front of him), "Expenses Known to his Imperial Majesty."
Guchkov: Due respect, that's not good enough.
Sukhomlinov (angrily): Not good enough? What in God's name are you accusing us of?
Guchkov: It's beyond any accusations...I'm here to inform you and the commission that Miasoedov is to be expelled from his service in the gendarme corps for a series of criminal matters. Involving but not limited to the purchasing of weapons from Germany for the purposes of resale in Russia.
Sukhomlinov (after a pause): This is outrageous. How dare you! We work for the Tsar, you pitiful fool. Miasoedov will have your head for this!
Guchkov (moving in closer and starring directly into the eyes of the War Minister): I'll be waiting.
Sukhomlinov (grabbing the coat from his chair and calling out to his subordinates standing off to the side): Gentleman I've had about enough of these sessions. Grab your things and lets leave here, shall we?...As for you, Guchkov, you'll pay for this I promise. The Octobrists are as good as finished!

Sukhomlinov storms out with his subordinates following closely behind. Guchkov stares long and hard in silence as the Minister exits the room. The scene cuts away and is picked up immediately now several months later in the office of Chairman Mikhail Rodzianko. Guchkov has come to speak with the head of the Duma shortly after election returns have come in indicating heavy loses for the Octobrist Party. We picks things up with Rodzianko seated at his desk and reading a report on the election results...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 25, 2013, 04:11:02 PM
Rodzianko (distraught): The Octobrists lose 56-seats. From a clear majority to a 22-seat deficit to the Nationalists.
Guchkov: The good people of Moscow have turned against me as well.
Rodzianko: You lost?
Guchkov: I did.
Rodzianko (getting up slowly from his chair): Good Christ!
Guchkov (after a pause and watching Rodzianko as he begins to pace around the room): It was an election where the extremes in our government were most successful. An almost identical number of conservatives and liberals will now comprise the Duma.
Rodzianko: While the sensible voices of we the centrists are slowly being muzzled.
Guchkov: Yes. The hope of course is that with such an even balance between the rightists and leftists they will both be forced to moderate and compromise, and look to the middle parties.
Rodzianko: More likely they'll battle each other to the death until only their political carcases remain. Nothing ends up getting accomplished.
Guchkov: So long as the Tsar has the authority to shut us down whenever he see's fit there is only so much that can be accomplished even in an ideal political environment.
Rodzianko: That is true. But it is the reality we face.
Guchkov: No transitional period either. We hold these elections and then in a matter of weeks the new session begins.
Rodzianko: Yes, I rather like the American system. Their President, Taft, cannot dissolve anything. Of course the United States being a revolutionary government of their essence would never allow for a Monarch. Once an election is held in November it isn't until March that the new regime takes over. I used to think that too long, but now I see how useful it is to governing effectively.
Guchkov: Have you been paying much attention to the American elections?
Rodzianko: Some. It's been a wild affair.
Guchkov (chucking): It reminds me of us. You have the Democrat Wilson challenging the Republican President Taft. Taft's predecessor Theodore Roosevelt chose to lead a third-party insurgency, apparently displeased with the job Taft is doing, and run for President again. Then you also have the Socialist Debs with considerable popular support in the role of spoiler.
Rodzianko: Wilson won.
Guchkov: Yes and so too does his Democratic Party now control both chambers of their congress. Taft and Roosevelt split the Republican vote. Those disenfranchised with all three main candidates turned to Debs, and Wilson wins an easy victory by retaining the support from most of those in his party...I found it quite fascinating and a good lesson for us Russians regarding the dangers of factions.
Rodzianko: Yes I suppose most Americans would have settled for Roosevelt.
Guchkov: He was the politically moderate voice, however bawdy at times, that would have proven most acceptable. But instead it was an election of extremes.
Rodzianko: It seems to be something of a worldwide phenomenon...I'm just disheartened that 1912 has been such a difficult year for Russia. We were doing well under Stolypin and putting our troubles behind us. His death seems to have changed everything for the worse.
Guchkov: It has been a brutal year for certain. (smirking) In the spring I remember hearing and thinking how silly those occultists in Novgorod were. Their claims of the anti-christ having been born and the world was about to end. Now it does not seem so far fetched.
Rodzianko: Perhaps Rasputin is that anti-christ.
Guchkov: Yes or any number of radical revolutionaries who are regaining strength in numbers. The numerous strikes and protests make it seem like 1905/06 all over again.
Rodzianko (nodding his head in agreement): The Tsarevich nearly dies. Then the Tsar's overreactions that have only created greater political upheaval after a period of relative stability.
Guchkov: And now Ambassador Izvolsky's naval alliance with France. On the surface a good thing, but just as likely as not that we drag ourselves into a foolish war against a country that is not even our true enemy.
Rodzianko: Well my dear man. Perhaps it's time we have a drink?
Guchkov: Are we celebrating something?
Rodzianko (takes out a container of vodka from a cabinet across the room, puts out two glasses and begin to pour): I normally save this 27-year old bottle of Rodnik for special occasions. But I'm going to begin a tradition, starting today, of also using it in times of need.
Guchkov (curious smile on his face as both men hold up their glasses): And what shall we drink to?
Rodzianko: To 1913. A new year with new promise!
Guchkov: Promise you say?
Rodzianko: That things cannot possibly get any worse.
Guchkov (as Rodzianko lifts his glass and takes several gulps finishing it all at once): Of course it can.

Guchkov takes a single sip and lowers his arm down as Rodzianko, seemingly in a display of angry defiance, whips his empty glass into the fireplace, smashing it. Rodzianko then wipes off his mouth and walks back behind his desk to sit as Guchkov's eyes follow his movements in stone silence. The scene fades out and cuts away...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 25, 2013, 06:50:52 PM
The 2nd pacific Squadron is at sea off the coast of Africa Admiral Rozhestvensky is on the bridge of his flagship looking through his binoculars when suddenly he takes them down turns to an officer :
Rozhestvensky: Signal the Guards Uniform hanger on the Alexander III to get his ship back in formation and don't you know how to command your ship!
Officer: Yes your Excellency!
A short time later
Rozhentvensky: Signal the cabbie to speed up they are falling behind
Officer: Yes your excellency!
A short time after this:
Rozhestvensky: Signal the Brainless Nihilist on the Borodino to get his ship back in formation  and don't you know how to command your ship!
Officer; Yes your excellency!
A short time later:
Rozhentvensky: I going to my cabin. Tell my Chief of Staff I want to see him there right now! (stomps off punches out sailor on the way to cabin)
Officer 1: Capt. Buknavostov of the Alexander III is a member of the Guards. The cabbie is the cruiser Dmitri Donski is a slow ship. and Capt. Serebrenikov of the Borodino flirted with becoming a revolutionary before he joined the navy.
Officer 2: No doubt the Admiral will be screaming at his Chief of Staff over something.
Officer 1: I am glad the Admiral is off the bridge  it is no fun up here when he is around.
Officer 2: I am glad that English Squadron is gone their manuvering put us to shame.
Officer 1: Yes, they are real sailors unlike us and their papers call us a squadron of mad dogs.
Officer 2: It sure is getting hot out.

A few days later in an African port the ships of the 2nd Pacific Squadron are coaling ship in the blazing heat when on one ship an officer hands another officer some letters:
Officer 1: The Admiral wants coal stored in everyplace possible. He even has a list of where is is to be stored.
Officer 2: How will we keep our ship clean? and with all this coal on board it will leave us greatly overloaded if we run into a bad storm we could sink!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 25, 2013, 08:10:53 PM
Another day at sea with the 2nd Pacific squadron . Admiral Rozhestvensky is on the bridge of his flagship sometimes looking through binoculars when he turns to an officer:
Rozhestvensky: Signal the Nakhimov I have signaled you without a response 4 days arrest for the officer of the watch!
Officer: yes your excellency!
some time later:
Rozhenstvensky: Signal the Polished Figet on the Orel get back in formation  and don't you know how to command your ship.
Officer : yes your excellency!
a short time later
Rozhestvensky: Signal the whore to slow down and get back in formation.
Officer: yes your ecellency
a short time later
Rozhestvensky: signal the Sluty Old Geezer you don't know how to command your ships!
Officer: yes your excellency
a short time later
Rozhestvensky; Signal the Lecherous Slut to speed up and get back in formation!
Officer: yes your Excellency
a short time later
Rozhenstvensky: (yells) Whores! all whores! (throws his binoculars at the ship he was looking at stomps of the bridge to his cabin punching a sailor on the way)
back on the bridge 2 officers are talking
Officer 1: Capt Jung of the orel is highly nervous, The Whore is the Aurora, The Sluty ould geezer is Admiral Enquist and the lecherous Slut is our breakdown champ the repair ship Kamchaka. The Admiral likes to scream and throw his binoculars at ships that do something wroung so we brought 50 pairs along  with luck we won't run out before we are finished with this voyage.
Officer 2: I hope so too. It's so god awfull hot out and our cabins are full of coal so we can't even relax there. i never thought things would be this bad!

Believe it or not this is how Rozhestvensky acted during the voyage.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 26, 2013, 01:34:12 PM
James, good stuff. I find these recent entries to be among your very best scenes. Drama with a dash of humor!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 26, 2013, 08:00:08 PM
I am glad you liked my last posts the Admiral's antic were from "The Fleet that had to Die", "Tide at Sunrise', and "The Tsar's last Armada". The voyage of the 2nd Pacific Squadron was a real voyage of the damned.

In Paris Col Akashi is meeting with finnish revolutionary Konni Zillincus:
Zillincus: I have heard in spite of my advise not you met with Lenin.
Akashi: Yes, I contacted him through Vera Zasulitch.
Zillincus: I warned you about him.
Akashi: Yes you did, and now to business did your men get my last shipment of arms and ammuntion?
Zillincus: Yes
Akashi: Good! I will have another one ready by the end of the month.
Zilliacus: Good!
Akashi: Do your people know who is supply them?
Zilliacus: "Half the people to whom the money is distributed to don't know where it comes from and the other half don't care .' (acctual quote from the man)
Akashi: i am pleased that the revolutionaries i have met with have promised more demonstrations in Poland and the steping up of assassinations of senior officials in the Caucusus.
Zilliacus: I bet you are this will tie down Russian troops.
Akashi: Yes, I was also surprised that a number of the Russian Liberals I met who are against violence but are as keen as the Revolutionaries for change.
Zilliacus: Why not? You know how things are in Russia. You will also be pleased to know that organization I set up "The Friends of the Russian people" has a number of promenent frenchmen in it. We are starting a campaign against loans to Russia.
Akashi: Excellent! I am in the process of purchasing two small steamers to help run in arms and ammunition to your people. I have some more business to attend to and need to get going. I will see you again in 2 weeks time in my new London location.
Zilliacus: I will be seeing you there.
(both men shake hands and leave)
This is from "Tide at Sunrise" errata the I mispelled Zilliacus name for the first half.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 27, 2013, 10:18:13 AM
Well I'm up to Spala now. For this dramatic sequence there are going to be several scenes that I will be posting and I will do so as they are completed...

October 11, 1912 - Tula Riverside, Pokrovskoe

Rasputin and fourteen year-old daughter Maria are shown taking a walk together in the afternoon along the banks of the Tura River. We see the two stroll along and engaged in light conversation. Maria sharing with her father the details of a young gentleman in their home village of Pokrovskoe that has taken a liking to her. We pick things up in mid conversation...

Maria: He's sweet and kind. He loves animals and nature just like you papa.
Rasputin (smiling): How old is this boy?
Maria: Only sixteen.
Rasputin: Only sixteen? Well you are only fourteen.
Maria: But it's only two years. You and mama are not the same age either.
Rasputin: That is true, but there is a much a boy learns in those two years.
Maria (eyes rolling): Oh papa!
Rasputin (laughing after a pause): I'm only joking my dear. He's sounds like a good boy...but what does your brother think of him?
Maria (sighing): Dmitri. You know Dmitri papa. Always overprotective of me and Varvara.
Rasputin: He acts just how an older brother should.

Picking up and brushing off a flat stone he see's lying on the ground Rasputin whips it across the river where it skips several times. As Maria's voice can be heard trailing off in the background ("I suppose. But he's so silly sometimes. He thinks me a child still...") the Staret's smile quickly fades to a hard look of terror. Suddenly he stumbles and grabs at the heart in his chest...

Rasputin: Oh no!
Maria (alarmed then helping her father regain his footing): Papa what is it?
Rasputin: It's not me, I'm alright.
Maria: Then what's wrong?
Rasputin: It is the Tsarevich...he has been stricken.
Maria (confused but speaking quietly): But how do you know?
Rasputin (pulling an icon out of his pocket): I felt it. I know.

Rasputin holds the icon in front of both hands while kneeling down by the river side, closes his eyes, and begins to pray. Looking alarmed but standing quietly Maria bows her head as well. Moments later her father stands up...

Rasputin: We must return home now.
Maria: Alright papa!

Taking each other by the hand the two are shown walking briskly back in the direction in which they came. The scenes cuts away.



Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 27, 2013, 11:13:29 AM
I certainly would not want that guy around my children.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 27, 2013, 02:32:16 PM
lol, Tim. Maria didn't think he was a bad father and defended him after his death. It's other people's children he should have been kept away from.

September, 1912 - Bialovezh, Poland

Next scene places us in Bialovezh, Poland. The imperial family is on their way to visit the Imperial hunting lodge at Spala and has stopped off for a few days in the scenic village on the eastern border of the country. We are shown family members and guests enjoying themselves on a splendid late-summer morning. The camera shows an Orthodox church tucked into a dense wooded area in addition to several prominent red brick buildings. Alexandra is shown walking and speaking to Count Fredericks at the front of a line of women who also engage in conversation while strolling along a wooded path. Nicholas leads his daughters on bicycle ride down another path. Olga and Tatiana follow closely in behind him, Marie riding a few feet behind them...

Marie (looking behind and calling out to her sister): Ugh, Nastya, what are you doing?
Anastasia (goofing off and weaving around on her bike): I'm practicing for the ride!
Marie (giggling): Silly girl, you're going to fall behind...papa won't wait up for you!
Nicholas (looking behind and mildly irritated by his youngest daughter): Anastasia Nikolaevna! Stop fooling about and get up here!

Anastasia speeds ahead and catches up to her father at the front of the line...

Anastasia: Sorry papa. I was just preparing for the ride.
Nicholas: Preparing you say...well I think you should lead today's ride.
Anastasia (excitedly): Really?!
Nicholas (calling out): What do you think girls? Should we give our little shvizbzik a chance to guide us?
Tatiana (laughing): Oh papa but then we'll never find our way home!
Anastasia: Quiet Tanya!
Nicholas: Now now. I will make sure we are headed in the right direction, but Anastasia here will decide on what path we travel.
Anastasia: Follow me, I know the way!

Olga, Tatiana and Marie are shown side by side smirking at one another as though both amused and apprehensive about taking the lead of their youngest sister. Anastasia is then shown peddling ahead as the rest of the bikers follow in behind. The scene then shifts to an excited eight year-old Alexei rushing ahead of his accompanying sailor-nanny Derevenko for a late-morning rowing excursion on the nearby lake. Not taking the time to consider the possible danger the Tsarevich is shown jumping from a dock into the boat. The camera zooms in and in slow motion we are shown the miscalculation of the angle of the landing by Alexei as he hits the inside of his leg on an oar lock. Visibly injured but not in agony the young Tsarevich calls out to Derevenko who is trailing close behind...

Alexei (tears and in some visible pain): Derevenko, help me!
Derevenko (alarmed and rushing to the boys attention): What is it, what have you done?
Alexei: It hurts, my leg!
Derevenko: let me have a look.

The sailor nanny sits in the boat and cradles Alexei while examining the injury to his right leg...

Derevenko (concerned but not panicked): Come now. I'll carry you Alexei.
Alexei (sobbing): But I just wanted to row in the boat!
Derevenko: Not now. We have to let the doctor take a look at you.

Derevenko picks up the boy, climbs out of the boat and then carries him away from the dock. The scene shifts immediately to Alexei under covers and in bed receiving medical attention. His father and mother stand bedside and to his right, Derevenko and various nurses and nanny's can be seen in the background, and Doctor Botkin, to Alexei's left, takes a thermometer from out of his mouth and reads it aloud...

Botkin: It's fairly normal for the moment, perhaps a little higher than ordinary but not something I would be alarmed by.
Alexandra (looking relieved): That's good.
Botkin: Alexei, you say you don't feel any pain?
Alexei: No. Just funny and a little stiff.
Botkin (smiling in reassurance): That is good.
Alexandra: Darling you must be more careful. Derevenko told us what happened. He is a good nanny but you are becoming a big boy and when you rush off like you did today it's hard even for him to keep up.
Alexei (tearful): Sorry mama! I just wanted to go for a boat ride. The girls all get to play with you and papa.
Alexandra (leaning over him): Oh hush now baby. We'll have you back in a boat in no time. Soon we will be in Spala and there will be much to do.
Nicholas: Doctor might my wife and I have a word?
Botkin: Certainly your majesty.

Alexandra kisses Alexei on the forehand and the two exchange smiles just before she follows with her husband across the room. Nurses are shown descending upon the Tsarevich in the absence of the doctor and his parents, embracing the child and tending to his needs...

Nicholas: No reason to be alarmed you say?
Botkin: Things look rather normal for the moment, but we'll need more time to see the extent of any injuries.
Alexandra: What do you recommend?
Botkin: Well I'm certain the Tsarevich won't take well to it but he shouldn't be allowed to leave his bed for the next several days, perhaps longer.
Alexandra: He's going to be greatly disappointed. Especially since he feels well.
Botkin: It is unfortunate, but precautionary. There is considerable swelling. That is why he feels stiff.
Nicholas: We cannot take any risks.
Alexandra: Yes I most certainly agree, but we are also scheduled to leave for Spala in a few weeks.
Nicholas: I should think it wise to cancel our trip. We should return home to Tsarskoe Selo
Alexandra: Oh but Nicky!
Nicholas: You heard what the doctor said. There have been times in the past when Alexei has had only a minor cut or bruise and it's turned into a crises.
Botkin (interrupting): Your majesty if I may...I don't think cancelling the trip is necessary at this point. There is plenty of time between now and our departure for Spala to carefully analyze his injury. I think it would be an overreaction to return to St. Petersburg if your son is recovered and healthy.
Nicholas (after a pause): Yes, yes I suppose we can stay a while longer in Bialovezh. Alexei is well cared for here and the girls are enjoying themselves...very well, thank you doctor.

Alexandra and Nicholas take a long look at one another and smile gently before returning to their son's bedside. The scene fades out and cuts away...
 
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 27, 2013, 08:27:22 PM
27 November 1904 203 Meter Hill Port Arthur is under heavy japanese artillery it ends and japanese troops attack and take the hill but are driven off by a Russian counterattack. This situation repeats itself several times over the next week or so until 5 December at 5pm the Japanese finally take and hold the hill for good. the menon the hill look at the Russian ships in the harbor and look around at the incredible devestation around them and thousands of dead bodies. Note 14,000 Japanese and 5,000 Russians died in the battle for this hill.

 Late December at Port Arthur a Russian Naval officer is talking to a Russian army officer
Naval Officer: Well since the japanese captured 203 meter hill they have sunk with their heavy artillery all our ships except for a few destroyers and the Battleship Sevastopol which is moored just outside the harbor out of sight of the hill.
Army Officer: Our Generals have held another council of war and I have heard that most of them insited on holding out. In spite of our losses we still have enough men to hold our positions and we have enough food and ammuntion to last awhile.

1 January 1905 A Russian Officer carrying a large white flag approaches Japanese lines. He hands over a letter to a japanese officer from General Stossel to General Nogi. The letter states he is wanting to enter "...enter into negotiations for capitulation."

I would also like to point out now that with the popularity of ministeries like the Tudors and the Borgias there stands a good chance there might be a minseries on the Romanovs one day. Also note Dowtown Abby is quite popular this should help. with 4 daughters it could be a mix of Little Women as well or the OTMA diaries and letters. I do see some problems Nicholas let his daughters smoke cigarettes and drink alchohol and he Olga a pistol. Some people might be more upset over this than the sex and violence.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 27, 2013, 10:01:37 PM
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I would also like to point out now that with the popularity of ministeries like the Tudors and the Borgias there stands a good chance there might be a minseries on the Romanovs one day. Also note Dowtown Abby is quite popular this should help. with 4 daughters it could be a mix of Little Women as well or the OTMA diaries and letters. I do see some problems Nicholas let his daughters smoke cigarettes and drink alchohol and he Olga a pistol. Some people might be more upset over this than the sex and violence.

One can only hope James. Those shows you mention prove to me that there is certainly an audience for these types of historical dramas. "Downton Abbey" being the best example...something that I would not have imagined having such success with American audiences. Of course attributing its success only to the surprisingly large audience available to it is a bit of slight. DA is very well done and so too would this 'mini-series' of ours need to be. I do think there are some obvious advantages over DA in terms of the content and characters. The combination of so many dramatic elements, the storylines are virtually endless.

At the same time there are a couple of major disadvantage that I can think of right off the top. 1) It's Russian history instead of American or British history, and 2) It's looking like a VERY expensive production. More sets, more costumes, more actors and certainly more action sequences requiring special effects.

To your last comment, I'm not sure how of the smoking and minor drinking needs to be included here. It may have been something they did periodically but it is not central to the story. I imagine myself showing the sisters passing around a cigarette in a light moment of sorts. I'm not sure alcohol is necessary other than glasses full of wine at the dinner table. Olga's gun was for protection and she was an adult woman when Nicholas entrusted her with it so I don't see this being an area of sensitivity for viewers. But I do agree that the rest could wind up being protested by sensitive viewers who apparently think having young women engage in 'politically incorrect' behavior is worse than showing them brutally killed :-/
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 28, 2013, 04:18:16 PM
We're almost at the infamous Spala incident, which really elevated Rasputin in their eyes.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 29, 2013, 05:16:28 PM
There is an important date discrepancy to note in my earlier scene involving Rasputin and daughter Maria. Because of the 'Old System' being thirteen days off in the 20th century the actual date (in accordance with the 'New System') needs to be changed from October 11th to October 24th. Moving on...

October, 1912 - Bialovezh, Poland

We pick things up, still in Bialovezh, and Alexei sitting up in his bed and surrounded by his family members. He is feeling much better since his injury two weeks prior. Doctor Botkin is also among those in the crowd who looks on smiling as the Tsarevich is in high spirits and his sisters begin showering him with affection and talk over one another...

Marie Nikolaevna: Alexei we are so happy your are feeling better...we missed you!
Tatiana Nikolaevna: Yes darling. You must be more careful. We hate to go so long without seeing you.
Anastasia Nikolaevna: Marie and I are bored. We need you to play with us.
Alexei: Doctor Botkin said I can play very soon. Isn't that so mama?
Alexandra: Well, yes I suppose. But we must not rush things.
Olga Nikolaevna: We will watch over him mama. Baby will be well cared for in Spala and won't hurt himself again.
Nicholas (smiling): We must all play our part. Derevenko and Nagorny cannot do it alone.

The Tsar then walks over to Doctor Botkin and motions for him to step aside so that he might have a word...

Dr. Botkin: Your majesty. So good to see the Tsarevich's health improved.
Nicholas: Yes, and thank you for your care.
Dr. Botkin: Of course sire, I am always at your service.
Nicholas: We are in the clear?
Dr. Botkin: He has recovered splendidly. I don't see any reason why we cannot continue the journey to Spala at this point.
Nicholas (nodding his head): It all sounds quite good. How long before Alexei can walk and return to his normal self?
Dr. Botkin: He has been feeling well for several days and should be able to walk soon. I'm uncomfortable with taking unnecessary risks however. When we arrive in Spala the Tsarevich will need take things easy for a while longer still. I would not recommend a great deal of time spent on his feet and moving around, nor would I suggest taking him outside the lodge until we declare him fully healed.
Nicholas (extending his hand to shake): So be it. Again I thank you.

Nicholas and the Doctor briefly turn their attention back toward Alexei who is laughing and carrying on with his mother and sisters. Anastasia has climbed up on the foot of the bed and is acting out a silly routine the draws the attention and laughter of everyone else in the room. The scene cuts away and picks up quickly as the imperial train has arrived at the Oleni station in Spala. They have reached their destination at the imperial hunting lodge located in central Poland. The heavily wooded area inside the small village means there is little to see. Never the less the platform is decorated with flags and greenery. A squadron of His Majesty's Lancers from the Varsovye garrison stands at attention. On the platform was the Manager of the Hunt, Count Vyelepolski, several of his subordinates, representatives of the administration, generals and a deputation of peasants wearing Polish national dress. The Tsar and his family are shown greeting various individuals while Alexei is carried in the arms of sailor nanny Derevenko...

The scene cuts quickly to Nicholas walking down a decorated hallway inside the imperial hunting lodge. He has barely arrived in Spala when he enters a room to inform guests that he is ready to head out for a hunt and requests their company...
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 29, 2013, 05:16:39 PM
Nicholas (entering a waiting room where several men take tea and are in conversation): Gentleman!
Noblemen (turning their attention and answering collectively): Your majesty!
Nicholas: How do you do? (shaked hands with each of the men who excitedly greet the Tsar)
Count Vyelepolski: So wonderful that were able to make the journey.
Prince Byelosselski: Yes your majesty, we were told the Tsarevich was in ill health but understand he has sufficiently recovered?
Nicholas: Yes he is feeling much better and, so, here we are!
Prince Byelosselski: Splendid!
Governor General Skalon: Yes God bless the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich! (hear! hear!)
Nicholas (smiling): Thank you.
Count Vyelepolski: Is there anything we can do for you your majesty?
Nicholas: Actually there is. I've been cooped up on a train for quite some time and would very much like to stretch my legs as soon as possible.
Prince Byelosselski: A hike through the forest sire?
Nicholas: Yes, but a hunt is what I had in mind.
Governor General Skalon (excitedly): Oh yes. We know this forest perfectly well and there are literally thousands of stags just waiting for us!
Nicholas: Then I should like to greet them as well, but with the muzzle of my rifle!
Nobleman #4: Indeed...tea your majesty?
Nicholas: No I'm fine. What do you say we not waste anymore daylight and get on with it?
Noblemen (collectively): Yes...certainly!

Nicholas is shown departing from the room he's just entered with the Polish nobleman trailing close behind. The scene shifts to sometime later in the afternoon and we see a gathering of stags grazing in a clearing. Hiding among the trees several yards away the Tsar can be shown peaking his head out and then whispers behind him to the rest of his armed companions...

Nicholas (whispering): I'm going to crawl out for a closer look.

The message is relayed to the others and we then see the Tsar crawling out towards the deer in the opening. He finds a comfortable position and signals to his men behind him who then circle around in a horseshoe shape and gently extend the muzzles of their riffles. Moments later the Tsar springs up from his stomach to his knees startling the deer who see the Tsar from the corner of their eye. Nicholas fires and a stag falls instantly. As the other animals run for cover they are hit with a barrage of bullets from the rest of the hunters gathered in behind of the Tsar...

The scene again shifts to later that evening and more than two dozen dead stags are piled up on the lawn in front of the lodge. Nicholas and other men, having finished dinner, carry torches an inspect the kill...

Nicholas: I know I got this one!
Count Vyelepolski: A fine looking beast sire, well done indeed!
Prince Byelosselski: And this one, over here, I believe your majesty is responsible for this as well.
Count Vyelepolski (making his way over with the Tsar to get a better look): Sixteen points!
Nicholas (smiling): I believe that puts me in the lead.

The scene shifts to Alexandra and a pair of women gazing from out the front window at several of the men who continue to inspect their kill...

Alexandra (sigh): Oh Nicky! Not but a minute after finishing his food and outside he goes.
Noblewoman #1: My husband could barely keep still at dinner.
Noblewoman #2: Yes and mine could not stop talking to yours about the silly hunt.
Noblewoman #1: It's as if their wives didn't exist.
Alexandra (laughing): They're the leaders of Europe, and still no more than boys when a rifle is placed in their hands.

The scene cuts away.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: TimM on January 30, 2013, 02:44:24 AM
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Because of the 'Old System' being thirteen days off in the 20th century the actual date (in accordance with the 'New System') needs to be changed from October 11th to October 24th. Moving on...

That's been known to throw me off a couple of times myself.
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 30, 2013, 06:26:27 PM
Tim, it's not the system itself but the inconsistency of those who use one or the other that makes it difficult. You'll have one author talking about an event in O.S. and another talking about a similar event using N.S. dates. It takes some time to match them up. Anyway, moving right along...

October 19, 1912 - Spala, Poland

The next scene begins the following morning. Nicholas has headed out after breakfast to join the men on another planned outdoor activity and we catch up with our other characters in Alexei's bedroom. The Tsarevich has been feeling a bit under the weather recently and his mother and Doctor Botkin are shown attending to him. A nurse enters the room and brings the child some soup. Just as she arrives at Alexei's bedside the Empress excuses herself to speak with the Doctor towards the back of the room...

Alexandra (getting up from her seated position): Excuse me for a moment.
Nurse: Yes your majesty.
Alexandra: Eat up now Alexei. You need your strength.
Alexei: Yes mama.
Alexandra (motioning to the doctor across the room who is fiddling with his medical equipment): Doctor, might I have a word?
Dr. Botkin (walking over to meet the Empress towards the back of the room): Yes your majesty.
Alexandra: I want to get Alexei out of this room and into some fresh air. He's not used to this place and the stuffiness is doing his health no good.
Dr. Botkin: I agree.
Alexandra (mildly surprised): You do?
Dr. Botkin: Yes, but he shouldn't exert himself too much. He still has not recovered fully from the accident and now with his temperature running a little high...
Alexandra: He'll spend the day with myself and Ana. He won't leave our side.
Dr. Botkin: Yes, that would be wise. I might also recommend that he is not encouraged to play outside with his sisters.
Alexandra (pausing to look over at her son in his bed eating his soup and bread): I'm think a ride in the carriage would do his health and his spirits well...don't you agree?
Dr. Botkin (nodding): Yes of course your majesty.
Alexandra (slight smile): Thank you Doctor.

The Empress is shown returning to Alexei's bedside as Dr. Botkin exits the room. The scene shifts immediately to the start of a carriage ride. Alexei sits in the middle between his mother and Ana Vyrubova and is noticeably excited not only to be out of his bed but also out of the lodge for their first time since arriving in Spala. The carriage moves at a brisk pace down a trail through the lush forest that surrounds the lodge...

Alexandra: Your father is out hiking with the men.
Alexei (excitedly): Do you think we will see him mama?
Alexandra: Well you know how far he likes to travel on foot, but I suppose it's possible.
Alexei: If he hears the sound of the carriage he will stop to take a look I'm sure!
Ana Vyrubova: Yes, but he also may be so far off the path by now that he wouldn't hear an explosion much less a carriage Alexei.
Alexei: Papa will hear us, he hears everything! I'll make animal sounds if I think we are near him. Then he will think it's something to hunt, and he will come to take a look.
Alexandra: Oh, I see. But what if he pulls out a rifle and begins shooting at us by mistake?
Alexei: He won't do that! They will look to see what it is first. Then they will see the carriage and come down to say hello.
Ana Vyrubova: Alexei darling I was wondering...what sort of sound does a deer make?
Alexei (pondering): I...I don't know (giggling).

The two women share in a laugh as the carriage is shown from the exterior continuing on into the woods. Moments later we set it rocking back and forth, suddenly, over uneven ground. Alexei is shown sitting quietly and grimacing as his body is being bounced around. The women remark to one another...

Ana Vyrubova (bracing herself by pressing her hand against the side door): Oooh, bumpy ride!
Alexandra (uncomfortable): Yes it us...driver (calling out)...how much more of this can we be expecting?
Driver: It is hard to say your majesty. I am unfamiliar with these roads but many are very old and not smoothed over.
Alexandra: We should probably turn back...Alexei how are you feeling?
Alexei (shown hiding his discomfort that was visible moments earlier): I'm alright mama. Please don't take me back yet!
Alexandra: Alright. I suppose we'll just have to bear it a while longer...(looking around)...it is such a beautiful day. Would be a pity to cut it short.

The carriage proceeds along the trail and the periodically bumpy conditions continue. Having traveled around eight miles Alexei realizes he cannot control his emotions any longer. He interrupts his mother and Ana who are speaking to one another...

Alexei (in tears): Mama, mama!
Alexandra (startled): Alexei, what is it?
Alexei (groaning): It hurts, it's hurting me.
Alexandra: What is?
Alexei: My leg and my belly!
Alexandra (shouting): Driver! Turn the carriage around and take us back immediately!
Title: Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
Post by: edubs31 on January 30, 2013, 06:26:42 PM
The horses are shown being brought to a halt by the driver who quickly turns them around and starts proceeding back towards the lodge. Moving at a faster pace we hear Alexei's groans turn to cries and then shrieks of pain.