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Rasputin (1981)
"Agoniya" (original title)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Petrenko ...
Anatoliy Romashin ...
Velta Line ...
Alisa Freyndlikh ...
Aleksandr Romantsov ...
Yusupov (as A. Romantsov)
Yuri Katin-Yartsev ...
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 ...
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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15 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin  »

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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 »

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Historic events turned into great cinematic work
20 June 2002 | by (Gävle, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I don't understand russian language and I'm not very familiar to russian history, but the events told in this film make a very strong and exciting experience. Much of this is due to Elem Klimovs very conscious use of cinematic methods. The mad monk (Rasputin) as an evil force in russian politics is portrayed with great force. Klimov seems to be one of the great cinematic poets and dramatist who can tell a story of violent and dramatic political events, and also of private and psychological conditions. The actors are first rate in every aspect and make this cruel story a memorable, thrilling and moving experience. Agoniya means of course agony, and that is what the imperial family and the political elite in Russia went trough these years. Klimov had to do some compromises, but this film is in any way a masterpiece.


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