Cinema: Russian Dressing

NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA

Directed by FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Screenplay by JAMES GOLDMAN

A lugubrious rummaging through the Romanov attic, this is a Love Story with historical footnotes. Extracted from Robert K. Massie's bestseller, it seems to have started as an attempt to make what the boys back at the studio call "an intelligent epic." For Scenarist James Goldman (The Lion in Winter) and Director Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton), that apparently means endless vistas of gilded scenery, plus dreary dialogues about the future of Russia and the Czar's responsibility to his family and his increasingly obstreperous subjects.

The film is so resolutely dull that one...

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