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The mad monk is coming back into vogue as two separate films are in development based on the final days of the life of the infamous Russian mystic Grigori Efimovich Rasputin.
Rasputin of course was the priest and healer who had major influence over Russian Czar Nicholas II and his wife due to his ability to treat their son's haemophilia. Deeply opposed to war, he nevertheless became famous for his sinful appetites, political manipulations and of course his legendary murder.
According to Variety, the first film is entitled "Raspoutine", a $12 million French/Russian-language TV co-production starring Gerard Depardieu. Shooting kicks off on that 100-minute version in December in Moscow and St Petersburg.
The second is an English-language $25 million feature entitled "Rasputin: The Healer" from Legende. Roselyn Bosch ("The Roundup") penned and will direct the European production which is scheduled for release Fall 2011. Alain Goldman produces.
Both films are expected to »
- Garth Franklin
Grigori Efimovich Rasputin: mystic, healer, political mischief-maker, charlatan. He was a cat that was really gone. It was a shame how he carried on. He's been played onscreen by Christopher Lee, Tom Baker, Alan Rickman and Karel Roden (among others). And according to Variety, Rasputin is en route to the movies again, in two separate projects: one written and directed by Roselyne Bosch, and one starring Gerard Depardieu.Both films seem focused on the final two years of Rasputin's life: the time from 1914-1916 in which he was inveigled in the St Petersburg court, manipulating Tsaritsa Alexandra, and heading towards his complicated and spectacular murder (he was poisoned, beaten, shot, strangled, castrated and drowned, in that order. They wanted to be really sure).Bosch was the writer of 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Ridley Scott's unloved 1992 epic in which Depardieu played Christopher Columbus. Her English-language Rasputin: The »
It’s that time of year again, kids. Dread Central’s 2010 Horror at the Oscars coverage. Horror was indeed present this year and in black-tie. While Roger Corman and Lauren Bacall were honored a few months back at the Governor’s Award Ceremony, it was an unexpected delight to see Corman, recipient of the lifetime achievement Oscar, enjoy a standing ovation on national television.
I was, however, very disappointed that neither of them were allowed to speak. Roger Corman’s contributions to modern cinema are too vast for him to just stand up and wave. James Cameron was one of many Corman acolytes present, and his nomination speaks to Corman’s tremendous legacy. On the Terminator DVD Cameron mentions, "I trained at the Roger Corman Film School.” Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola, among many others, were also former students.
The terror continued with a spoof of Paranormal Activity »
- Heather Buckley
3 items from 2010
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