As Europe looms on the edge of war in 1913, the family and members of the court of the Russian czar Nicholas come under the sway of a mysterious mystic named Rasputin. When Rasputin miraculously appears to cure the czar's son Alyosha of his hemophilia, the monk's reputation is cemented, particularly in the mind of the princess Natasha. Natasha's fiancé (and, later, husband) Prince Paul Chegodieff, however, suspects Rasputin is a charlatan who will cause the downfall of the royal family and perhaps of Russia itself.Written by
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In the scene where the Empress walks in on Rasputin hypnotizing Natasha, the Empress is wearing a swastika on a chain around her neck. This might be historically accurate since the swastika was a popular decorative and religious symbol around the turn of the 20th century. However, allowing one of the main characters - and a German one at that - to wear a swastika at a time when anything relating to Nazi Germany was strongly discouraged if not banned in Hollywood films is rather strange, especially since this film's national release occurred less than two months after Hitler took power in Germany. See more »
The fact that the Tsarevich was sick was not announced publicly as portrayed in the movie. It was kept a secret. See more »
This is our destiny, my dear.
I know. What have we done to these people of yours, Nicky, that they'd hate us so,
Nothing, Alex. Everybody loves you, you know that.
No. But, you love me, Nicky. That's enough for any Empress.
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Upon its premiere "Rasputin and the Empress" ran approximately 132 minutes. Due to the famous lawsuits against it, a number of scenes had to be cut for legal reasons. One critical scene that was deleted was one which implied that Rasputin had raped Diana Wynyard's character of "Princess Natascha". The removal of this scene tended to make the character of Princess Natascha somewhat incomprehensible - initially she is a supporter of Rasputin; in the latter part of the film she is very afraid of him. Unless the viewer is aware of the cuts made in the film, there does not appear to be any explanation for the change in Princess Natascha toward Rasputin. See more »
The only film that all three Barrymores appeared in together. Rather dated and sometimes laughable, especially Ethel's constant "double-takes" whenever a dramatic moment occurs. But it's still worth watching.
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