Mysterious Reign

Court Chronicle of Emperor Pavel I Times

Feature film

Screenplay and direction by Diamara Nizhnikovskaya.
Produced by Elena Goroleva, Diamara Nizhnikovskaya.

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… Judge toga… Snow-white bouclees… highly raised warder of justice…

… And mysterious reign of Emperor Pavel I is swinging on the scales of history…

… And the aggravated madam-history has been swinging for ages round such an extraordinary personality of Emperor Pavel I, Czar of the whole Russia, appointed to reign by saint chrism.

Or passes him over, until now, in silence. Or, to frighten, represents him with a terrifying grimace.

… And the fine handwriting of his epoch, scattering tender sounds of minuet, is drawing with a fine brush a different portrait:

“I PREFER TO BE ADVERSED DOING GOOD, RATHER THAN TO BE LOVED DOING EVIL.” Pavel I (1796-1801)

… How did he survive?..

Tossing about Hamlet and noble knight Quixote. All in one. A knight, who fights without a visor.

… Bewitched prince - Czar without a throne…

… Great grandson of Emperor Peter I …

… How did he survive?..

… under the aiming musket point of his mother - Catherine the Great?!

… How did he survive?..

… under lion’s roaring of her favourites…

… amid lies, deceit, double, triple morality and depravity of the court?!

… They tried to poison him - but he survived!

… He was announced a madman - and he was preparing to reign with dignity and, by a miracle, ascended the throne as a rightful heir!

“AND KEEP WITHIN THE LAW, BOTHE A MAGNATE AND A PEASANT - ALONGSIDE. EVERYBODY STANDS A LAW EQUALY!”

“UNPRECEDENTED NONSENCE! CZAR IS A MADMAN! “

The fan of countess Liven went up.

-MERCIFUL, PIERCING, CLEVER, GOODFEARING! TALENTED! HIS PROJECT OF THE MIKHAILOVSKY PALACE WAS MAGNIFICENT!

- AND LOVE? - Rustled the shadow paths, flowers. - OH, LOVE! - Countess Liven stood the test fast. -LOVE WAS! BUT IT IS Ŕ MYSTERY

… MYSTERY… THE CZAR NEVER LET PROCEEDE THIS TOPIC!

The Judge: - HISTORY DOES NOT TOLERATE MYSTERIES, COUNTESS. - IS NOT THIS MADAM HISTORY TOO UNMANNERLY?!

… But the mysterious covering has been thrown off!

On the background of sun’s sparkles on the waves of The Neva River emerges the proud silhouette and the sparkling star of princess Anna Lopuhina.