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beautiful city. The Venice Of The North
September 10, 2016
Wow. Spectacular! I was in St. Petersburg 4 years ago. Just an astonishing, beautiful city. The Venice Of The North, they call it. Culture, architecture, music, food, wonderful people... It's all there. Emperor Peter the Great is still held in deep respect by the Russians--even by the little children. Even after 80 years of Communism and the dismantling of the Tsarist system. They have rediscovered and revere their history now--and their Tsars. Tsar Nicholas II and is family are all minor saints now. A cathedral was built in honor of Alexander II, who freed his serfs while we in America was beginning our civil war. All of the tsars referred to Peter the Great when they prayed for courage, strength and dedication to Russia.
For those who gave it 1 star--sorry you had to read subtities. Don't be so lazy. Other countries read subtitles when they see our endless American films. And if they don't need subtitles and read English--they are way smarter than I am.
For those who say this is a betrayal of Peter--the series deals with the very end of his life, and the court intrigues and the last things he wished to accomplish for his own sense of accomplishment. He was an explorer and a scientist as well as tsar. He had accomplished everything at this point; the making of Russia as we know it today, the defeat of Sweden, the building of an army and a navy and--ta-da!--completion of St. Peterburg out of a flipping swamp. Kronstadt was in the works and Peterhof was in its infancy. Then the man died--leaving no heir. Those final months are what this fantastic portrayal deals with. For those who go 'ugh', you probably dislike history.
This film, made in Russia by Russians. It is THEIR story, and it is an amazing potrayal of their greatest tsar. Actors, costumes, locations, the history, the dialogue is all wonderful and accurate. Sorry, if it's not Americanized for those who don't like it.