MYSTERIOUS REIGN. COURT CHRONICLE OF EMPEROR PAVEL I TIMES

By Diamara NIZHNIKOVSKAYA

CINEMAREC - as PROD

Historical - Pre-Production 2011


    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Historical, Drama, Romance
    • Countries
    • BELARUS
    • Languages
    • RUSSIAN, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 140 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Diamara NIZHNIKOVSKAYA
    • Writer(s)
    • Diamara NIZHNIKOVSKAYA
    • Producer(s)
    • Elena GOROLEVA (Cinemarec), Diamara NIZHNIKOVSKAYA (Cinemarec)
    • Synopsis
    • MYSTERIOUS REIGN"
      Court chronicle of Emperor Pavel I times
      author of the script and director - D. Nizhnikovskaya
      … Judge toga… Snow-white bouclees… highly raised warder of justice…
      Judge :
      -
      IMPARTIAL JUDGEMENT OF HISTORY ! -
      … Blow in a gong…
      … Echo …
      … IMPARTIAL …
      … PARTIAL …
      … IMPASSIONED …
      Whatever it was - but it was judgement!
      … And mysterious reign of Emperor Pavel I is swinging on the scales of history…
      Streams and stormy flows of events, waterfalls of exploits and changes at the turn of the centuries were attempting to wash off, scour … dissolve in idle disputes the true essence of this short reign.
      … 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."
      "I VIEW PAVEL'S REIGN FROM MANY SIDES AND MORE OBJECTIVELY THAN BEFORE.
      ENEMY TO CRAFTINESS AND IGNORAMES ! ROMANTIC EMPEROR !"
      "HIS REFORMES, PERHEAPS, WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT THAN THOSE BEFORE HIM AND AFTER," " WHAT A CHARACTER! GENEROSITY OF A KNIGHT ! OH, I WISH I HAD ENOUGH OF LIFE TIME AND ABILITY TO DESCRIBE … " - A.S. Pushkin, historian Klyuchevsky, L.N. Tolstoi.
      Character is impermissible sumptuousness for a ruling monarch, at all times !
      Through court's stratagem, labirients of guile and lies, a knight's figure of Pavel I is starting out to us, as contemporaries admit (prince Peter Vyasemsky) - he was a monarch from top to toe, to whom such notions as duty, honour, conscience were absolute values. Too honourable, too frank …
      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, who seized the captured throne in a death grip and who pointed at the very heart of her son - his honour, mind, generosity ?!
      … How did he survive?…
      … under lion's roaring of her favourites, who surrounded the throne solidly and who were ready to tear apart anyone, who would encroach on their niche at madam's feet, where went gold, estates, serfs, jewels and other mercies ?!
      … How did he survive? …
      … 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 before that, being persecuted by the Empress - Gatchino reluse, he was working at the project of state transformation of Russia.
      " AND KEEP WITHIN THE LAW, BOTHE A MAGNATE AND A PEASANT - ALONGSIDE. EVERYBODY STANDS A LAW EQUALY!"
      -
      " UNPRECEDENTED NONSENCE ! CZAR IS A MADMAN! "
      Bondhold has been cut down. Three days peasant works for landowner, and three days a week for himself!
      It's prohibited to sell peasants without land!
      Peasants fealthy the Czar ! They become his people!
      … Yelow box … Lifelong key … Complaints from the whole Russia … The Czar reads himself!…
      … Decrees, reforms, faced with the suppressed by poverty and lawlessness people. Registration of gentry's infants at regiments and recruitment. - Russia refuses external actions, since it has more than enough of territory!
      … Flogging is applied to the gentry …
      … Catherine's assignations are being burnt, non secured with gold reserves.
      History flings us small crumbs of facts - but thereby, gives us the right to ponder, compare …
      … Being merciful to faded features, foggy Petersburg opens faces, life figures, portraits - characters of this enigmatic and mysterious reign, which is still swinging on the scales of history.
      ... Young Fighen-Sofi and senescent Empress Catherine II, who is ready to step over the line of eternal peace; young prince - heir of Russian and Swedish thrones, who remained forever young - assassinated Emperor Peter III, crowned by "golden charter to the gentry"; Empress Maria Fedorovna, the czar's children, nursemades, monitors, count Ribipier's family, count Kurakin, count Arackcheev, countess Sharlotta Liven and - pride and glory of Russia - generalissimo Suvorov, duke Mikhailo Illarionovich Kutusov, writer Fonvisin … all those, to whom history permitted stand near the monarch, and sometimes - near an ordinary person, given this title.
      … Time goes … into future and back …
      … Doesn't stop at a fast flowing present …
      … Magnificent and tragic minuets of Catherine Nelidova ex-favourite - а close friend of the young prince Pavel Petrovich - the best student of famous Santini!
      … At the background of the sunlight of the Neva wave appears the proud profile and shining star of the Emperor's young favourite - а beauty princess Anna Lopukhina…
      … Malicious grumble of Catherine's magnates…
      … Young, pink-cheeked and white-toothed hussars, horse guardsmen, full of hope into the brilliant future … - each of the mentioned characters reflects in his own way the ambiguity of Emperor's personality's evaluation.
      … And the figure of Graf Fon der Palen, Petersbourg military vice-governor - the terrifying figure of the courtier, who left а bloody trace in Russia. But his craftiness, lies, deceit, and cruelty only aggravate the high note of the controversial qualities , which characterize the Czar.
      Russian Yago - he guessed the Achilles' heel of the incorruptible monarch: his mercy - is а feeling which is unknown to the strong of this world.
      And "the mystery of the tight tetive" was put into force.
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      Czar-idealist! This has never happened in Russia before! Hisses Palen, and like а loaded gun at the battle field, follows the steps of his victim - the Czar. Models out of the Czar's surrounding his figures and makes his moves.
      … The yellow carafe of lafit and yellow grin of Graf Pelen, as а symbol of betrayal - were known all over the Europe. To everyone, but not to Pavel ! He trusted. And was wrong. The executioner appeared to be craftier. Not smarter, but craftier. That's all. It easy to sally а royal person. To doubt his actions - even easier … Only time peels dirt - it falls off and the truth will come out.
      … Judge toga… Bouclees… Highly raised warder …
      Judge:
      -
      PAVEL I - SOMBER, CRUEL, MERCILESS FANATIC. HALF-MAD TYRANT!
      The fan of countess Liven went up.
      -MERCIFUL, PIERCING, CLEVER, GODFEARING! TALENTED! HIS PROJECT OF THE MIKHAILOVSKY PALACE WAS MAGNIFICENT!
      CZAR DANCED WONDERFULLY AND WENT IN THE FIRST PAIR!
      …………………………
      … BALLS, MASQUERADES …. DUTY … HONOUR … CONSCIENCE … - repeated the high palace archs. - AND LOVE ?
      - LOVE ! - picked up the young made of honour Nelidova. - OH, LOVE ! PAVEL'S HEART! I knew it!
      - COME YOURSELF, MY LADY! - angrily sparkled the eyes of countess Liven. - YOU THREW YOUR SHOES AT HIM! FAVOURITE SHOULD BEHAVE HERSELF IN А DIGNATE MANNER!
      - IT WAS А JOKE, COUNTESS, А JOKE, NOT MORE …-
      - THE CZAR NEVER LIKED JOKES OF THE ILL MANNER!
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      HEIR-CESAREVICH, COUNTESS! А YOUNG HEIR OF THE THRONE THEN!
      -
      LOVE … Rustled the shadow paths, flowers. - LOVE …
      Judge
      - LOVE?!
      -
      YES, LOVE! - countess Liven stood the test fast. -LOVE WAS! BUT IT IS А MYSTERY … MYSTERY… THE CZAR NEVER LET PROCEEDE THIS TOPIC!
      Judge:
      -HISTORY DOES NOT TOLERATE MYSTERIES, COUNTESS.
      Countess Liven:
      -
      IS NOT THIS MADAM HISTORY TOO UNMANNERLY!
      … But the mysterious covering has been thrown off….
      … Masquerade in Mikhailovskoe…. Foggy humidity … Lights of the candle candelabras…
      … Minuet in masks … steps back …
      … In the masquerade costume of Ophelia appears princess Anna - Emperor' favourite .
      …. Light step out of the far off. …
      … sorrowful face … brilliant decorated with diamonds wreath … golden stem of the bouquet with field flowers - out of precious stones…
      … Diamond dew is sparkling on the petals made of lapis lazuli, topaz, rubies…
      … Slowly descends the judgement warder…
      … White bouclees are taken off heads…
      … Helplessly went down countess Liven's fan …
      … All the characters put on masks…
      Judge:
      … HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS … YOUR MYSTERY, COUNTESS!…
      … Wreath is sparkling with diamonds on the head of the favourite's head …
      Love is а sparkling sign of the elevated ascension of the epoch. Forgiving threads of heaven and earth are mendling.
      Its beautiful image is addressed to the eternal source of the good.
      In each epoch we are trying to find this precious grain - love. Aroma of the true feeling announces to us the music of the time gone, its main melody.
      Deeds and feelings of those two, unusual for their times, people - Pavel and Anna - came, reached us. Stirred the waves of time and gifted us with their emotions. Do they need it? Yes, just as necessary as we need greenery to appear in spring, flowers to blossom , sea waves to keep their transparence…
      … Under the pressure of hurricane whirlwind this rare flower has … cracked. But even being fractured, it continued to stretch to the beloved at the time of punishment , was left and betrayed by all …
      … and the impaired Anna's hands, her tender gentle heart transferred to us - ancestors - glorification of his name.
      She forecasted it, against roumours and oblivion of centuries….
      Mourning Countess's Liven fan, addressed to the drama of the Czar Pavel I, whisked away from the historical stage а wonderful image of princess Anna, however the ex-favourite - smolyanka Ekarerina Nelidova- graceful, clever and devoted to the Czar.
      … Since judgement and history are incompatible!
      Judgement means strict and cold comments, exact facts hard edge…
      And history … circles in endless ribbons of multi-coloured roads, spills in diamonds of fairy hopes and great performances.
      It creates its legends itself, laughs and cries at them. But how to perceive its truth? It is possible. But is it necessary? Is it necessary to burn in ashes and arguments its everlasting greenery? Is it not better to dive into always cool waters of its life sources, to love its heroes, to help them to remain in our memory, to give а helping hand if they drown and disappear in the waves of the time?
      Nothing is eternal on the Earth. Nothing! Only history is given this unique right. … Eternal movement… Into the future and back …. Movement…
      …. Mystery…. Miracle out of miracles!…
      … Is it not а miracle, that it was Emperor Pavel I who left enlightened monarchs? Aleksandr I, Nikolai I Aleksandr II, Aleksandr III and Nikolai II - life branches of his tree.
      Title "Peasant's Czar" was thrown at his face by executioners. This title had brought our to the historical arena such titles as, "Blessing" , "Liberator", "Peace-maker" … his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren …
      … Is it not а miracle that it was him, who after а century after his death let his ancestors to view а true miracle - forecast of the prophetic monk Avel - who forecasted in 1787 history of Russia till the end of the Romanov's dynasty - with dates and names proved by life.
      He gifted us with the notion unexplained till now!
      But why after one hundred years after his death? The Czar knew the date of his death. He also knew that the given hundred term of oblivion will occur on the reign of his great grandson Nikolai II! Tender branch of his tree to whom his heart was leaning to. And to whom, according to the monarch's forecast, were prepared - betrayal, cross pain and suffering end. That is where one hundred years come from! To open to the Emperor-martyr the Book of fortunes, to prepare for Cavalry, to soften the strokes, maybe … to take away the mischief … and maybe … hope, that the forecast will sink into oblivion.
      … Then …. Let the ancestors laugh … but with а loving smile …
      … And the Czar was crying …
      …. But the forecast came true …
      ….Czar Nikolai II and the whole Emperor's Family, having gone their suffering path, were shot on July 17, 1918.
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