film in the tradition of Mayerling; that is to say, it is romantic history ending in tragedy. The period is the 1870s, the setting the court of Russia and the Paris Exhibition, the personne' mainly the Romonovs.
Out of all this grows a fragile picture of a high-spirited love between the Czar Alexander 11 and Katia, which is thwarted by every circumstance until the quick, murderous death of the Czar, after his wedding with Katia, solders the chain of tragedy finally.
Danielle has such lightness that we can hardly believe that in her lie depths of tragedy. Katia, like Mayerling, shows her less than the greatest, but at least among those who play tragedy with the real restraint of strength. Up to her high standard, too, reached John Loder, the Englishman cast as Czar Alexander.