The movie chronicles the events of history's "man of mystery," Rasputin. Although not quite historically accurate and little emphasis is put on the politics of the day, Rasputin's rise to ... See full summary »
So count Igor Hourloff killed Raspoutin;that's what we are told in Lherbier's movie but all that concerns the assassin is false .Maybe the script writers were afraid the true killer might sue them -he had done it before ,reportedly,in Hollywood-.
Prince Felix Iusupov was part of the imperial family but was much smarter than Igor in the movie;never he showed contempt or hatred :he made friends with the monk,won his trust.The scene of the murder is depicted like in the other versions ;we even see the murders throw the body in the frozen river -it was reportedly said that Rasputin did not die from his wounds but got drowned -.Pierre Richard Wilm overacts and gives an unconvincing performance as "Igor";Harry Baur is ideally cast as Rasputin but he would be upstaged by Pierre Brasseur in Georges Combret's "Rasputin" (in a version inferior to Lherbier's though).
We are spared Rasputin's orgies-replaced by the monk's sermons in which he urges the crowds to take advantage of life ,"Carpe Diem" so to speak- but the scenes with the hemophiliac tsarevich are excellent:using bedtime stories why not?The Russian people 's hatred for the empress ("the alien") is not passed over in silence and can be compared to that of Marie-Antoinette in France .
Except from the part of the assassin,this is one of Lherbier's best talkies in an era "Russian" stories abounded in France .Very well directed (the last scenes look like a thriller),it stands the test of time quite well....
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"J'ai Tué Raspoutine" (Robert Hossein,1967):the more historically accurate version since based on the assassin's recollections;the movie begins with an interview with Iusupov and his wife) "Raspoutine" (George Combret)Pierre Brasseur's portrayal of Rasputin is worth the price of admission,even if the movie is rather undistinguished .
"Rasputin the mad monk " (Don Sharp,1965,after he made "the face of Fu-Manchu"!!): unreliable,but entertaining.
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