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Russians trash Netflix's, The Last Czars

  • Published at 08:35 pm July 17th, 2019
The Last Czars
Netflix's show, The Last Czars was launched earlier this month | IMDB

The series, which launched this month, tells the story of Nicholas II's ill-fated reign

Russians have found plenty to criticise in Netflix's new series, The Last Czars. "What's wrong with Netflix's The Last Czars? Spoiler: everything," wrote news site Fontanka, based in the imperial capital Saint Peterburg.

The series, which launched this month, tells the story of Nicholas II's ill-fated reign. In an unusual move, it alternates acted scenes with talking head explanations from British and US academics and popular historians.

The focus is on the role of Grigory Rasputin, the holy man who convinced Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra that he could heal their hemophiliac son and heir Alexei.

The series -- aimed at viewers without special knowledge of the period -- was never likely to please Russians, who often pick holes in Western dramatizations of their history and literature.

In The Last Czars, journalists singled out for mockery a title with the date 1905 and a photo of Red Square with the mausoleum erected after Lenin's 1924 death already in situ.

In another error, the Kremlin walls are shown as red but were actually whitewashed at the time.

"After such things, it's very hard to take the show seriously," wrote newspaper Argumenty i Fakty.

Presented 'myths as truths'

Lengthy sex scenes showing the royal couple also had Russians cringing. 

Journalist Fyodor Krasheninnikov on Facebook criticized another "disgusting scene" where the tsarina prays out loud for a son while making love.

Russian media criticized what they called the cheap look of the show, given that its subject is a hugely wealthy dynasty that lavished vast sums on pomp and ceremony and ornate trinkets such as Faberge eggs.