The aristocracy has had to suffer with various problems and menaces
from the early silent age
even from remote, suspicious countries like
Russia, a land that sometime ago, besides having Cossacks and vodka
(synonymous words) also had genuine and local aristocrats called Tsars
(a hard to believe fact, certainly).
The Tsar and especially the Tsarina, as it happened with their European
relatives, had bizarre amusements in order to bear their boring and
luxurious lives (the summon of a genuine aristocrat). One of them was a
fondness for the greedy quack called Rasputin. That's what the film
"Rasputins Liebesabenteuer", directed by Herr Martin Berger, a German
director with a leftist background, addresses.
In spite of a German film production depicting Russian facts (a risky
business, certainly) many technical and stylish film aspect of the
oeuvre has cross-influences with Russian films. They include fast
editing (the dance scene) and close-ups that scrutinizes those rough
Bolshevist faces. These remind this German count of the superb and
Russian silent films of that era.
Many important German actors of those silent times - including the
mysterious Herr Max Schreck perform the film. Especially remarkable is
the Russian actor Herr Nikolai Malikoff who plays Rasputin in a very
convincing way (drunkenness including). Although finally and in spite
of being formally a fine and carefully made film production, it lacks
interest, emotion and needs more depth. Examples from this German count
are in the historical background and life in the Russian court. Depth
is lacking for such important historical characters; the film does not
study them enough psychologically in order to know the intrigues and
Russian ambitions that, in turn, would finally enrich the story and the
film as a whole.
And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because
this German Count must ask for the Tsar whom this aristocrat has not
seen in a long, long time.
Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien
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