San Francisco Bay Guardian
OF LAST TSAR
discovery of the mass grave of the assassinated royal family of
Russia in 1993 brought out a few public-television explanations,
including a DNA-oriented special on NOVA. The makers of this film
had already been at work on the subject for about three years
at the time of the discovery, and continued using science, handshakes,
and gallons of vodka to hammer away at the truth of the executions.
The framing of that truth is not far in style from an Unsolved
Mysteries episode ----yes, there are reenactments, “expert”
testimonials, and an intriguing network of theories all cut together
very cleanly. But there is also a more incisive approach to the
material, the sites in Russia, and the pondering of the skulls,
and a legitimate sifting through the murk that led to the death,
demonization, and the canonization of Russia’s royal family.