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Catherine The Great

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Catherine The Great


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Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

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This historical documentary was filmed on location across Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe and is executive produced by Emmy and BAFTA award winning producer Phillip Whitehead, who was also responsible for documentaries such as The World at War, The Kennedys, Stalin and Nixon. Combining Catherine’s 'voice' as it emerges from letters, with dramatic re-enactments of the events of her life and reign, Catherine the Great also utilises CGI to recreate some of the spectacular battles and incidents of her imperial journey.Until recently, this unique documentary archive remained under wraps, buried by a Soviet view of history that regarded the personal as an irrelevance compared to the great sweep of economic and social forces. Now the full story can be told - with the vitality, humour and insight of a woman who was not only a great ruler but an accomplished writer. A woman who kept detailed memoirs in which she wrote as openly of her love life as she did of her political ideology. Who corresponded with some of the great minds of the Enlightenment and who wrote some of the warmest love letters in history.
Release date NZ
August 10th, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
  • Documentary
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