Movie Fact #287 - August 27th, 2021
The 1971 film Nicholas and Alexandra is based on Robert K. Massie's 1967 book of the same name, but is partial historical account of the last ruling Russian monarch, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra. However, the movie includes many historical inaccuracies that were rooted in the original source material. The reason was because when Massie initially researched the source novel, the Soviet government would only authorize viewing of "approved" materials. After the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, documents that had been hidden from the public could be fully examined and researched, thus revealing many of the inaccuracies that the book and movie made. It was not intentional, though seemingly unavoidable. Stay tuned!