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I Killed Rasputin (1967)

J'ai tué Raspoutine (original title)
Grigori Rasputin becomes a fixture of Russia's Imperial Court after saving the life of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, the haemophiliac heir to the throne. However as war breaks ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Hossein

Writers:

Feliks Yusupov (book) (as Prince Félix Youssoupov), Paola Sanjust (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gert Fröbe ... Rasputin (as Gert Froebe)
Peter McEnery ... Prince Felix Yusupov
Robert Hossein ... Serge Sukhotin
Geraldine Chaplin ... Mounia Golovine
Ivan Desny ... Grand Duke Alexander
Roger Pigaut ... Pourichkevich
Nicolas Vogel Nicolas Vogel ... Dr. Lazovert
Patrick Balkany Patrick Balkany ... Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich
Umberto D'Orsi Umberto D'Orsi
Claude Génia Claude Génia ... Mrs. Golovine (as Claude Genia)
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Princess Irina Yusupov (as Ira Furstenberg)
Sylvie D'Haetze Sylvie D'Haetze ... Rasputin's Daughter
France Delahalle France Delahalle ... Grand Duchess Xenia
Nane Germon Nane Germon ... A follower of Rasputin
Léa Gray Léa Gray ... A follower of Rasputin
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Grigori Rasputin becomes a fixture of Russia's Imperial Court after saving the life of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, the haemophiliac heir to the throne. However as war breaks out, Rasputin's enemies see him as a cause and plot fatal revenge against the Russian mystic. Written by morroviolet

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He raped a country and died for a woman!


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 May 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I Killed Rasputin See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Yusupov in the flesh
17 November 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

THis movie -which may or may not be admired by S.Spielberg- has a not inconsiderable advantage over the other versions of this well-known (who said hackneyed?) story.At the beginning,before the credits,the real murderer appears for an interview.His wife Irina also contributes. There's a very fascinating moment:when he finally stops talking,the prince lifts his spectacles,and on with the show!

Unfortunately,what follows does not rise to the occasion.There's a very good cast(Peter McEnnery ,today forgotten,Hossein himself,G.Chaplin fresh from Dr. Zhivago ,and Gert -Goldfinger- Froebe as Rasputin),but the screenplay is self-conscious and eludes the most interesting details:Yusupov used to dress up as a woman,his relationship with Dimitri-played by Hossein who was too old for the part otherwise- was very odd,to say the least,and all this remains backstage.

The best part is the last third which is given a horror film treatment,often efficient and impressive,thanks to Froebe's sensational and bestial rendering.A beautiful cinematography and a nice score are also assets.

Yusupov died several months after his stint was filmed.The main reason for which Hossein was very anxious to have him on his side,is that,in the thirties,Yusupov sued Hollywood (and won a lot of money)because he thought one of the early versions of the story was slanderous.

I would like to reveal more interesting points and a rectification concerning Robert Hossein's 1967 movie.First of all,Hossein does not play Dimitri,as I said,but Serge Shoukotine.Dimitri's character is only a walk on,having barely one line or two to say.The reason can be found,as I said, in the fact that the relationship Dimitri/Yusupov was dubious.(Hossein made veiled hints when he shows the two men dancing together,and when Irina leaves for Crimea)

It's interesting to note that Irina,Yusupov's wife ,who was the tzar's niece,is played by Ira Von Furstenberg,an authentic princess who made a lot of movies in the seventies,mainly in Italy.The beautiful score was composed by Hossein's father André.This was not a big budget production,and yet Hossein succeeds in bringing on the screen the magnificence of Russian aristocracy before the revolution.Henri Persin's sumptuous cinematography creates an entrancing atmosphere:a splendid shot shows Chaplin and Mc Ennery,seen from a distance in a forest,going near the camera slowly.

What's definitely lacking is vigor ,and a dramatic progression.The relationship Rasputin/Yusupov ,which is the core of the film, does not work that much well.It looks as if we're going sightseeing in Russia. Outside Gert Froebe,the stand out is Geraldine Chaplin ,who portrays a naive young girl,beguiled by the monk.But McEnnery's performance is too static and

not on a par with his enemy's.The political situation is a pale backdrop(and yet,there's the war and a revolution is just round the corner!)

If you intend to watch this movie,do not miss the first five minutes,which have become an authentic historical document cause Yusupov died in 1968 and his wife followed him to the grave two years later:trying to rescue a cat on a roof during a wintry night,she caught cold and died from pneumonia.


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