Catherine the Great
2006120 minutes
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This superb PBS docudrama chronicles Catherine the Great, a minor 18th-century German princess who married into Russia's royal family and brought her adopted country into the modern world. Wedding the successor to the Russian throne at age 16, Catherine governed Russia for 34 years after fomenting a coup and ousting her husband. Her ambitious foreign policy and advancement of Western reforms greatly bolstered Russia's position on the world stage.

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