Saturday, April 10, 2010

Nicholas and Alexandra – 1971

Early in his career Robin played a very small part in this sweeping epic about the famous Russian ruler. He only has two appearances where he couldn’t be more different. First, he is shown with his family, dressed all in white, happily running through a field of sunflowers to meet an arriving train. Next we see him as a Russian soldier, miserable, dirty and starving, skinning and devouring a rabbit while in combat. He shoots another soldier who has come to admonish him. In his autobiography he mentions that he really was made to skin and eat a real raw rabbit! And how disturbed he was afterward that he did. After having seen that scene, I think that was horrible. It would’ve been very easy to disguise anything else as raw rabbit meat. Shows what a true actor is willing to do for his art.

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