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Last Russian Tsar film

TheKitchenBoy.jpgThe fictionalised account of the final days of the last Russian Tsar and his family when they were exiled and murdered, is to be made into a film. The novel The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) is to be adapted by Ronald Harwood, the man who wrote The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Australia.

The story is one that definitely could make for a great film and has a powerful writer attached to the project already.

The novel tells the story of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family of his wife Aleksandra and their five children as they became a focal point for the revolution and were captured by Bolsheviks, exiled to Siberia, and then eventually murdered and buried there.

The novel gets strong praise and takes the viewpoint of the Romonanoff's last kitchen boy who survives the family and tells of the events of their last days before his own death. Although a fictionalised account, from those that have looked into the historical elements of the story, it is said to be very accurate.

Ronald Harwood has a number of great titles to his name already, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Australia, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Pianist and Taking Sides, and so there's a lot of hope and expectation for the script that he's been signed to write according to Variety.

Although I have a great respect for Harwood considering his previous work, I do find myself a little concerned that we might end up with a Hollywood sanitised version that really pitches the Bolsheviks against the Tsar and his family and makes it very black and white. I hope that the historical elements do make it through to the screen and still get to see some strong human drama through it all.

Has anyone read the book and can comment on the story? Is this something you'd like to see on made into a film? I do, but then that statement comes with a lot of conditions.



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