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Misleading plot summary
February 25, 2018
I don't know what documentary those other two reviewers saw, but it couldn't have been the same one I did. Based on the blurb, I was expecting a documentary which took us down the line of German princesses who married into the Romanov dynasty, beginning with Catherine the Great and ending with the tragic Alix. Instead we get this strange vanity piece piece focusing on the great-granddaughter of Alexandra, who was married to Tzar Nicholas I, as she travels to Russia, following in her relative's footsteps. As we go along, we see where Alexandra began her life as a Russian Grand Duchess (leaving behind her identity as Princess Charlotte) and gradually became the Tzarina. Oh, we get to see some magnificent scenery and palaces, and we get a sprinkling of information about those other German princesses who made handy Russian wives. But the documentary is almost exclusively about Charlotte/Alexandra and her great-granddaughter's European voyage of discovery about her ancestry, heavy on the shots of this - very conveniently - model-gorgeous girl looking at paintings and buildings and people and out of train windows and up at ceilings while traveling down escalators and... You get the idea.
I feel like I was sold a can of eels labeled as tuna: they're both fish, but not nearly of the same culinary type.