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Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
"Tsareubiytsa" (original title)

 -  Drama | History  -  1 October 1993 (UK)
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A patient in a modern day mental institution believes that he is the man who assassinated Tsar Alexander in 1881 and Tsar Nicolas II in 1918. He and his doctor soon slip out of reality and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Yankovskiy ...
Dr. Smirnov / Tsar Nicholas II
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ...
Aleksandr Yegorovich
Yuriy Sherstnyov ...
Anzhela Ptashuk ...
Viktor Seferov ...
Vojkov (as V. Seferov)
Olga Antonova ...
Tsarina Aleksandra (as O. Antonova)
Dariya Majorova ...
Princess Olga (as D. Majorova)
Evgeniya Kryukova ...
Princess Tatyana (as Ye. Kryukova)
Alyona Teremizova ...
Princess Mariya (as A. Teremizova)
Olga Borisova ...
Princess Anastasiya (as O. Borisova)
Anastasiya Nemolyaeva ...
Nurse (as A. Nemolyaeva)
Aleksey Logunov ...
Prince Aleksei (as A. Logunov)
Vyacheslav Vdovin ...
Dr. Botkin (as V. Vdovin)
Vyacheslav Mukhov ...
Medvedev (as V. Mukhov)


A patient in a modern day mental institution believes that he is the man who assassinated Tsar Alexander in 1881 and Tsar Nicolas II in 1918. He and his doctor soon slip out of reality and are forced to relive the events of 1918 in order to break the spell. Written by choir boy <>

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Timofeyev: Enduring the fact that your relatives in Europe keep attacking Soviet Russia... The Ural Executive Committee have decided to shoot you.
Dr. Smirnov: What?
[shooting begins]
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Exploration of truth
16 April 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

A touching film about errors, duty and colors of fear.

Interesting poem about the nooks of reality, the shadows of dreams, the dust of old hours and the ghosts of some gestures.

Exploration of history and its chimeras with the Russian manner to see, describe and show the essence of a sick world at twilight of emotions.

The talks between doctor and the victim of a terrified past are not only a subtle catharsis form or an exploration of truth but exercise to discover the roots of last form of original sin, the taste of truth, the rules of past, the marks of victim's respiration. Not a reflection in old windows but escape of spirit beyond the games of destiny or malicious accident. The characters are reflections of a strange era, specters of ambiguous desires and actors of a mad god. And only propriety, only way to be yourself is memories collection as shadow of a lost soul.

Show of memories, ladder of past, puzzle of facts and illusions, "Tsareubysta" is a very profound and subtle exercise to define the time and its shadows without shadows, masks or regrets.

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