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Here is a segment from the Travel Channel show Mysteries at the Museum.  The show is generally wonderfully done and they do a good job on the reenactments, although they did a very silly story on John Wilkes Booth (another person who had a claimant/impostor in later years and his was probably a better match) and I told them so.  According to this program, the DNA from Anna Anderson was taken from a hair sample left at the Charlottesville Historical Society and a test simply showed she was "not a Romanov."  They didn't say against whose DNA they checked it or how and I don't recall that they even said who performed the tests or when.  I understood the definitive tests had been taken from tissue left after surgery Anna Anderson had undergone.

Now, I was very impressed when someone on this forum (it's the bottom reply here said that the tissue would have to be from the specific part of the body (intestine or whatever) to match what was taken--in other words, it would eliminate the fear of someone having faked the test by just taking any tissue from anyone...well, presumably from someone in the Polish family suspect as being hers.  I would be even more impressed if this hair and the tissue from the operation proved to be from the same person--as they were taken at different times and places, under different circumstances, etc.  Incidentally, the hair in the museum didn't look to me like hers--it appeared blond, and I understood her to have dark hair--but perhaps it somehow lost color over the years.

A bit unrelated, but a great example of how things should be done was in the case of Bonnie and Clyde.  Authorities immediately called in family members to positively identify them, then displayed their bodies to tens of thousands of visitors, unlike Booth or Anastasia, who were shot in secret and then buried for years.  The person asked to identify Booth was a doctor who had met him perhaps once.  On sight of the body, he declared it wasn't him, took a closer look and said it was after all, fueling years of survival speculation.  You don't see too many cases of people coming forward to claim they were the real Bonnie and Clyde!

That actually gives me a surprisingly small number of degrees to the Imperial Family.  Christopher Lee met Yussupov, and I met Forrest J. Ackerman who was a friend of Lee's--only three degrees between me and the IF!  Now that I have seen the Lord of the Rings movies and Hugo, it is my great ambition to actually meet Christopher Lee and make it only two degrees!  Can anyone else boast close degrees of separation between themselves and the IF?

Hey, I finally saw this on Thursday night.  Superbly acted, beautifully filmed.  My uncle sat through it (which he often won't) but complained of the "singularly unsatisfying ending."

By the way, the sleeve in which Netflix ships the film contains a description debunking Anna Anderson, and the film itself opens with a disclaimer.  Fictional film, good in some ways, not to be confused with history.  It seemed like this film tried really hard to be "My Fair Lady" (that movie wasn't out till later but the play was) and it sounds very much as if the cartoon borrowed a lot from this film.

Thanks, their reply to me was courteous but they couldn't find the video I wanted anywhere.


What do you think, and have you any advice regarding it?  Thanks.

in the IMDB the title is ''Rasputin the Mad Monk'' and not ''Rasputin and the Empress''? anyone knows why that is?

There is more than one movie about Rasputin.

Yes, except for the last scene with the glaring error of backless evening dresses at the party, I was pretty impressed with the wardrobe.  It looked so much like the original pictures.

I am also very impressed that Ethel Barrymore met Alexandra and sought the direction of people who knew her in modeling her performance.  It gives this movie a special connection that others don't have.

My dad recorded it for me. I didn't even know it was coming on!

I watched it up to the part with the fly and the ant. That's when I decided I had enough and turned it off.

That's the part where I came in.  I was mistaken about when it was playing on TCM (the times were given in east coast and I'm west coast).  I went to the website and can't tell from this movie's page there if/when it will be played again.  Can anyone have better luck than I?  I did find that some of the deleted material appears in the trailer, which can be viewed on the TCM website.

What I did see was a hoot.  Lionel Barrymore as Rasputin decrying the poor masses sounded just like Mr. Potter trashing the poor of Bedford Falls in It's a Wonderful Life!

I need to see that film!

It's a shame that Rasputin's murderer was successful in sueing MGM. It just doesn't seem fair to me. He not only got away with murder, but he was proud of it.

And, it seems, made such a reputation with lawsuits that studios came to him!

Wow, this is fascinating.  I had no idea that Christopher Lee had met Felix Yussoupov, or that he was involved in this film!

You know, I caught about the first hour of this after watching about the last hour of "Rasputin and the Empress," was extremely disappointed, and, bad as the first movie was, preferred it to this.  I was counting on seeing a movie about Rasputin and his influence on the Imperial Family.  Instead we have him hypnotizing this chick Sonia and browbeating a doctor whose first name was Boris.  Alexei was mentioned by name although the movie credits list him only as "Tsarvitch."  I saw one brief scene with him and none of the rest of the Imperial Family, so, although Christopher Lee is great, I had to shut this one off.  If the scenes just featuring the IF are on YouTube or something post a link and maybe I'll watch.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei and Tad Lincoln
« on: April 10, 2011, 04:42:27 AM »
Mary Todd Lincoln called Tad "our little troublesome sunshine" and Empress Alexandra called Alexei "sunbeam."

She was one of many.

Thanks for continuing to provide this informative site with such great material and ongoing discussions!

Wonder if the photographer ever portrayed the Imperial Family?  

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