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Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich, 1904-1918
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis


Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich, 1904-1918
 
Today, marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich. Born on August 12th [O.S. July 30th], he was the youngest child and only son of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and the long awaited heir to the Russian throne.
 
He was born with hemophilia, and today, a prayer service will be held in his memory at the Novospassky Monastery in Moscow for those who suffer from the disease. 

Click on the link below to read a biography about Alexis by Augusta Pobedinskaja, plus 10 photos and a VIDEO:

Tsarevich Alexis: Heir to the Throne 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 August, 2014


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:44 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 12 August 2014 8:51 AM EDT
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Monday, 9 June 2014
The Tsarevich - a Biopic About the Last Imperial Family of Russia
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis


Actor Michael Fitzgerald plays Tsarevich Alexei in Faugerolas' new film.
 
Copyright Notice: The following article was originally published in the June 4th, 2014 edition of The Moscow Times. The author Ali Sar owns the copyright presented below.

For French director and film student Geoffroy Faugerolas, 15 minutes is all that is needed to retell the Romanovs' final day.

Filmed in Los Angeles, "The Tsarevich" is a biopic by the 22-year-old Frenchman about the last imperial family of Russia. However, unlike earlier cinematic works about the royals, Faugerolas and his team tell the story from the point of view of young hemophiliac Prince Alexei, the heir apparent to the throne of the Russian Empire.

"We tell the story of Prince Alexei," Faugerolas told The St. Petersburg Times, adding, "It's the human side of the events. Previous feature films dealt with politics. Ours is the story of a 12-year-old boy caught in the turmoil of the Russian civil war."

The short film covers an equally short period — the final 24 hours in the lives of Alexei and his family. It shows the young boy in an emotional environment as he tries to defend the ones he loves while the civil war unfolds, leading to the execution of the Romanovs in 1918.

Faugerolas was first captivated by the story of Alexei after visiting Russia with his mother, Marie-Ange Faugerolas, a French screenwriter and novelist.

"This boy had an amazing potential, especially how he overcame his problems and tried to save his family," Faugerolas said.

"What I have learned about him is unbelievable. He probably would have been a great ruler," he added, when explaining why he chose the prince as the subject for his school film project, which he then financed with his producing partner on a $25,000 budget.

Casting for "The Tsarevich" was both challenging and gratifying for Faugerolas. "We advertised for the Alexei part in Los Angeles and we received more than 1,000 applicants," he said.

In the end, 13-year-old child actor Michael Fitzgerald was chosen for the role. In fact, he was the first person who applied for the role as well. "He was well prepared," said Faugerolas. "The boy trained for months for the role, living in a wheelchair and practicing dialects.
 


Faugerolas, left, speaks to the cast of his 15-minute film during shooting. 
 
"The chemistry he shares with Cristina Franco, an actress who plays Empress Alexandra, captures the heart of the relationship between the famous mother and son," Faugerolas added.

The pivotal role of Tsar Nicholas II was given to well-known television actor Mark Moses, whose television credits include "Mad Men" and "Desperate Housewives." "He simply was attracted to the project and its message," Faugerolas said.

Much like most small pictures with tight budgets, the short film was shot in digital format, with Faugerolas' mother doubling as co-screenwriter with her son. French composer Matt Milan created the musical score.

The film's locations proved to be more of a challenge however, especially with limited funds. Faugerolas and his crew searched the greater Los Angeles area for a suitable locale that could represent the provincial Ipatiev house of Yekaterinburg, where the imperial family was held captive by the secret police of the Bolsheviks.

"Finally, we found and transformed a Victorian house in Orange County [adjacent to Los Angeles] into a realistic Russian palace. For our exteriors we chose Malibu," Faugerolas said.

Then, after months of preparations, the film was shot in just five fast and hectic days.

"The Tsarevich" has since been selected to screen at the Manhattan Film Festival in New York, which runs from June 19 to July 3.

"We have not been officially selected yet, but Russia Abroad Film Festival has shown great interest in our film," Faugerolas told The St. Petersburg Times.

He also plans to submit the film to the St. Petersburg International Festival, which takes place Oct. 10 through 17.

Since commercial theatrical showings of short films is essentially nonexistent, Faugerolas plans to release his film online after the festival circuit run. 
 
© Ali Sar / The Moscow Times. 04 June, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:08 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 9 June 2014 5:15 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014
The Fate of the Tsesarevich Alexei's Dog, Joy
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis


Tsesarevich Alexei with his canine companion, Joy
 
I have a great love of all animals, so much so that I have been a vegetarian for much of my adult life. No animal touches my heart more than that of a dog, so it is only natural that the following article, published in today's issue of The Siberian Times should pull on my heart strings.
 
The article retells the fate of the Tsearevich Alexei's favourite dog and faithful companion, Joy. We have all seen photographs of the two of them together. Given Alexei's illness which prevented him from playing like most boys his age, his canine friend must have surely brought much comfort and companionship during the days and weeks in which his illness restricted his movement, often making him bedridden for weeks.
 
The article was written by Kate Baklitskaya, it was inspired by Maja Proescholdt who wrote an extensive article on her personal blog about the fate of the last heir to the Russian throne's favourite canine companion. To read the article in full, view the photos and video, please click on the following link; 

The Fate of the Tsesarevich Alexei’s Dog, Joy

Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 January, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 3:05 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 3:34 PM EST
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Thursday, 29 August 2013
Unknown Portrait of Tsesarevich Alexei Discovered
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Topic: Tsarevich Alexis
 
Hidden for nearly a century, a previously unknown portrait of the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich, the son of Emperor Nicholas II was discovered in a house on Wednesday, not far from the Catherine Palace at Pushkin. The portrait was found by workers during the restoration of the facade of the 18th century Kabinetskaya (Cavaliers) House on Sadovoi Ulitsa.

The 86cm x 67cm oil painting of the Tsesarevich Alexei, dressed in a sailors shirt, was found hidden between the wall and the eaves of the house. The canvas was rolled up, wrapped in newspapers dating from 1917 and 1918, and pinned down with bricks. Experts at the Tsarskoye Selo Palace Museum Preserve believe that the owners of the house removed the portrait from its frame and hid it after the revolution of 1917. 

The artist is unknown but believed to be painted from a photograph of the young heir to the throne during the 1913-1914 period. Experts will now attempt to identify the artist and learn more about the original owner of the house. It is known that the house was occupied by Gendarme Corps Colonel Boris Gerardi, who served as Head of the Palace Police from 1905-1917.
 
Iraida Bott, Deputy Scientific Director at the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve told local media that the oil painting is dilapidated, with numerous creases and a torn-off fragment and in urgent need of restoration. Once this has been done, the portrait will then go on display at the Tsarskoye Selo Palace Museum, presumably in the Alexander Palace where the Tsesarevich spent much of his life. In the meantime, further investigation of the house will result in the discovery of other treasures from the Tsarist period. 
 

 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 29 August, 2013
 

 

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Updated: Friday, 30 August 2013 3:11 PM EDT
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Friday, 16 August 2013
Procession Marks 109th Anniversary of Tsesarevich Alexei's Birth
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 August, 2013


 


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Updated: Friday, 16 August 2013 4:16 PM EDT
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Monday, 3 June 2013
New Monument to Tsesarevich Alexei Unveiled in St. Petersburg
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Topic: Tsarevich Alexis

A bronze monument to the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich was unveiled on May 26th, at the Cossack Church of the Exaltation of the Cross in St. Petersburg. The Cossacks revere the young Tsesarevich Alexei who served as Cossack Ataman. 

The tradition of members of the tsar’s family being as it were ‘adopted’ by heads of guard divisions had a long history in tsarist Russia. For an heir to the throne to be made commander of a regiment was an exceptional honour. Only a few days after the birth of the tsarevich, the hetman or commander of the Astrakhan regiment of the Cossacks received a telegram from the tsar: ‘It is with great joy that I instruct you to inform the Cossacks of the Astrakhan unit that the Heir to the Throne Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich is appointed hetman of all the Cossack regiments. Nicholas .’

When the heir to the throne was a little older, the decision was made to start introducing him to the regiments that he was to command. In this context it is worth quoting the reminiscences of General Krasnov, who was there when the tsarevich was presented to the Astrakhan regiment. ‘His Highness took his successor by the hand and went slowly with him past the front line of the Cossacks […] And when His Highness walked on […], the Cossacks wept and waved their swords in their rough calloused hands.’

The new monument of the Tsesarevich stands next to one of his father, Tsar Nicholas II which was unveiled on May 19, 2002. It is the third monument dedicated to the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich (1904-1918) in post-Soviet Russia.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 03 June, 2013



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Updated: Sunday, 8 June 2014 10:00 AM EDT
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Sunday, 12 August 2012
Memory of Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolayevich Honoured
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis

 

Today marks the 108th anniversary of the birth of Alexei Nikolayevich, son of the Emperor Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.

A liturgy honouring the tsesarevich and heir to the Russian throne will be held at the Feodorovsky Cathedral at Tsarskoye Selo this morning. After the service the procession will then travel to his birthplace at Peterhof.

 

The memorial cross at the remains of the Lower Dacha at Peterhof 

Alexei was born on August 12th [July 30th O.S.], 1904 at the Lower Dacha in the Alexandria Park at Peterhof. Sadly, the Lower Dacha was destroyed during the Second World War. The ruins of the former home of the Imperial family can still be seen, and today, a large wooden cross marks the spot where the only son to the last tsar was born. It has become a popular site for pilgrimmages by monarchists over the years.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 August, 2012


    


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Updated: Sunday, 12 August 2012 6:52 AM EDT
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Saturday, 29 October 2011
Statue of Tsarevich Alexei Unveiled in Rostov
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis

A new statue of the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolayevich was recently unveiled in Rostov.  The ceremony was attended by Paul Kulikovsky, the great-grandson of the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna.

The statue which depicts the Tsarevich in the uniform of the Cossack Ataman, of which Alexei was a soldier of the Ataman honour-guard. The statue was created thanks to donations and now stands in the courtyard of the Shakhty Cadet Corps.

© Royal Russia. 29 October, 2011


 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:23 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 29 October 2011 7:25 AM EDT
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Thursday, 7 July 2011
Alexis The Last Tsarevich of Russia 2012 Calendar
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis

 

Our new 2012 calendar is now available. This years calendar is dedicated to the life of the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolayevich. The collection of nearly 60 photographs focus on the happier times of the only son of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, who suffered from haemophilia.

The entire proceeds from the sale of this calendar will help offset the costs of maintaining out web site and blog, and for the translation of books and articles on the Russian Imperial Family from Russian into English. Thank you for keeping the memories of Old Russia alive!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER

© Royal Russia. 7 July, 2011



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Updated: Saturday, 9 July 2011 3:09 PM EDT
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