[after learning of the

Why wasn't I told they were marching? Would you have met...

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[after learning of the "Bloody Sunday" massacre]

Tsar Nicholas II:
Why wasn't I told they were marching?
Count Witte:
Would you have met them?
Tsar Nicholas II:
How could I?
Count Witte:
Would you have given them a Duma?
Tsar Nicholas II:
Of course not!
Count Witte:
Elections? Schools?
Tsar Nicholas II:
No...
Count Witte:
THEN WHY BOTHER TO INFORM YOU? YOU WOULDN'T HAVE DONE ANYTHING.

Transcript:
I don't know yet,
certainly hundreds.
Why wasn't I told
they were marching?
- Would you have met them?
- How could I?
Would you have
given them a Duma?
Elections? Schools?
Why bother to inform you?
You wouldn't have done anything!
- I want a good life for my people.
- On your terms.
I know what will
make them happy.
They're children and they need a Tsar.
They need tradition, not this.
They're the victims of agitators.
A Duma would make them
bewildered and discontented.
And don't tell me
about London and Berlin!
God save us from
the mess they're in.
I see.
So, they talk, pray, march, plead...
...petition and what do they get?
Cossacks, prison, flogging, police!

Clip duration: 42 seconds
Views: 12
Timestamp in movie: 00:42:11
Uploaded: 21 October, 2021
Genres: biography, drama, history
Summary: Tsar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.


Actors

Count Witte - Laurence Olivier