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Rasputin (1981)

Agoniya (original title)
Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.

Director:

Elem Klimov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Petrenko ... Grigori Rasputin
Anatoliy Romashin ... Nicholas II
Velta Line ... Aleksandra Fyodorovna
Alisa Freyndlikh ... Vyrubova
Aleksandr Romantsov ... Yusupov (as A. Romantsov)
Yuriy Katin-Yartsev ... Purishkevich
Leonid Bronevoy ... Manasevich-Manuilov
Pavel Pankov ... Manus
Mikhail Danilov ... Andronnikov
Mikhail Svetin ... Terekhov
Nelli Pshyonnaya ... Baroness
Aleksey Vanin ... Vospitatel cesarevitcha
Lyudmila Polyakova ... Paraskeva
Olga Grigoreva Olga Grigoreva ... Yurodivaya
Boris Romanov ... Balashov
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Storyline

Russia, 1916. Be it by craft or madness, Rasputin exercises power over the indecisive Nicholas, and the religious Czarina worships the Siberian as God. He manipulates the Czar in his relations with the Duma and influences the choice of a new premier. Rasputin assaults a baroness; her husband is jailed for defending her, and she must offer sexual favors to Rasputin to save her husband. The Czar finally orders Rasputin from St. Petersburg, but somehow he enters the palace and, in a disheveled trance, convinces the Czar to make a disastrous change in war strategy. A cadre of nobles take matters into their own hands and arrange a last dinner party for the interloping monk. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Monk.Heretic.Messiah.Madman.


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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

15 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rasputin See more »

Filming Locations:

Soviet Union

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Its release was held up for six years by the Soviet Russian government and censors. See more »

Goofs

The Tsarina's Lady in Waiting, Ms Vyrubova the 'Intriguante', is shown to be sauntering haughtily the entire film length, once even pushing the Tsarina's wheelchair. In fact, Vyrubova had been badly crippled in a railway accident a year before, and was herself transported in a wheelchair in 1916, or at best had to use crutches to get about (see 'Memories of the Russian Court' by herself, or other sources). See more »

Alternate Versions

Unlike the versions released in other countries, the Russian deletes all the refrences to Rasputin's sexual desires and perversions, making the film lose its "Caligula-esque" edge. See more »

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Power in the Eyes of the Beast
30 July 2001 | by oslojSee all my reviews

This film is so odd and bizarre that I was totally immersed in it. In actuality this is a basic story that deals with Siberian peasant 'Rasputin', the mystic whose ability to improve the condition of Aleksey Nikolayevich, the hemophiliac heir to the Russian throne, made him an influential favourite at the court of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra. The actor who plays Rasputin is an evil duplicate, a man who is oozing virulence, he has a very charismatic smile that almost looks diabolical.He's a strange character and has a powerful influence on the Czar's family and Russian political life. As the viewer, we are left to wonder, 'what do these people see in him, how does he control them so?'. He soon makes enemies of the church, the state, and local husbands who do not take kindly to his debauchery and licentiousness. The director is brilliant in weaving a documentary montage of Russian events and the ending is one of the most powerful ever envisioned by a director.


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