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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #405 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.

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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #406 on: January 18, 2013, 02:41:45 PM »
Erik,

Love the letter!!!!

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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #407 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.
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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #408 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.
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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #409 on: January 20, 2013, 11:37:16 AM »
Ah yes, the vetran of 1812.  I wonder if that guy was real.
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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #410 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.
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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #411 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.
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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #412 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.
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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #413 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...
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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #414 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.
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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #415 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.
 

Rodney G.

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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #416 on: January 22, 2013, 04:52:29 PM »
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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #417 on: January 22, 2013, 10:55:48 PM »
What Rodney_G.  said... wow!

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« Reply #418 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.
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Re: New Nicholas & Alexandra Video - Mini Series? Part II
« Reply #419 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.
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