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Rasputin (1975)

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.

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Anatoliy Romashin ...
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Aleksandr Romantsov ...
Yusupov (as A. Romantsov)
Yuriy Katin-Yartsev ...
Leonid Bronevoy ...
Manasevich-Manuilov
Pavel Pankov ...
Manus
Mikhail Danilov ...
Andronnikov
Mikhail Svetin ...
Terekhov
Nelli Pshyonnaya ...
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Aleksey Vanin ...
Vospitatel cesarevitcha
Lyudmila Polyakova ...
Paraskeva
Olga Grigoreva ...
Yurodivaya
Boris Romanov ...
Balashov
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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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15 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin  »

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The Tsar's son is clearly visible in the closing scene depicting Rasputin's funeral. According to numerous eyewitness accounts though, the Heir to the Throne was absent from the ceremony. See more »

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Power in the Eyes of the Beast

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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