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Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  6 April 1966 (USA)
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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 »

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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 power and eventual assassination are depicted in an attempt to explain his extraordinary power and influence. Written by Mark J. Popp <poppmj@cadvision.com>

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As a young boy, Christopher Lee actually met the assassins of Rasputin (Prince Yusupoff and Dmitri Pavlovich) before playing Rasputin in the film. He also met Rasputin's daughter, Maria in 1976. She told the actor that Lee had her father's "expression." See more »

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When seen from the exterior, the front door of the Cafe Tzigane is different from that seen in the interior shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Doctor: No point in me staying here any longer. Keep her warm. If she recovers consciousness, give her a little brandy.
Innkeeper: And if she doesn't, doctor?
Doctor: Send for the priest.
Innkeeper: Oh God.
Doctor: Nothing more I can do.
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Sensational, historically inaccurate, and loads of fun.
27 February 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Hidden under a ton of lanky black hair and an enormous bushy beard, Christopher Lee hams it up a treat as the despicable Grigori Rasputin, the womanising, blaspheming, alcoholic monk with supernatural healing powers, who wormed his way into the court of the Russian Czars, made a few enemies in the process, and (not surprisingly) ended up being gruesomely murdered.

In order to make their film as enjoyable as possible, Hammer Studios (better known for their atmospheric Gothic horrors) opt to dispense with historical accuracy in favour of sensationalism and sleaze: Lee's power-hungry Rasputin beds numerous women, mutilates those who oppose him (he severs one man's hand and throws acid in the face of another), and hypnotises unsuspecting victims into doing his bidding (including forcing one poor woman to injure a child and take her own life).

Lee is obviously having the time of his life as the crazy Russian, and the actor gives one of his most memorable performances (and that's saying something, given his resumé!), cackling like an evil despot, drinking and dancing like a man possessed, and generally partying like it's 1999 (just typing that makes me feel very old).

It's a shame, however, that this film wasn't made a few years later, when a struggling Hammer Studio had upped it's levels of gore and nudity in order to win back audiences: if director Don Sharp (who does a sterling job with the material) had gone 'the whole hog' and thrown in some nasty gore and a couple of topless babes (stars Barbara Shelley and Suzan Farmer don't get 'em out for the lads), then I might be awarding this film a 9 or 10, instead of (a still very good) rating of 8.


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