Nicholas II, the last of a centuries-old Russian dynasty preferred to stay at home in St. Petersburg, away from his responsibilities. World War I and the Russian Revolution shattered his idyll and eventually destroyed his family and him.
This clip is a short interest grabber that works well in the classroom. I don't think the purpose of it is to go into depth or give new information to someone who already knows about the Russian Revolution, but it works perfect for my 10th graders for whom this information is new.
One lie or misrepresentation after another. The martyred Imperial family was murdered by bloodthirsty barbarians who would bring years of tragedy to the Russian people and the world. This worthless film might just as well as not have been produced by the demonic Lenin or Stalin. Does not even deserve one star. It is a worthless few minutes of atheist communist propaganda. God Save the Tsar. May the memory of the Romanoff dynasty live on.