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Rasputin (1981)

Agoniya (original title)
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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Elem Klimov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Petrenko ... Grigori Rasputin
Anatoliy Romashin ... Nicholas II
Velta Line ... Aleksandra Fyodorovna
Alisa Freyndlikh ... Vyrubova
Aleksandr Romantsov ... Yusupov (as A. Romantsov)
Yuriy Katin-Yartsev ... Purishkevich
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 Olga Grigoreva ... Yurodivaya
Boris Romanov ... Balashov
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Storyline

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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Monk.Heretic.Messiah.Madman.


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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

15 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rasputin See more »

Filming Locations:

Soviet Union

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Its release was held up for six years by the Soviet Russian government and censors. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

Unlike the versions released in other countries, the Russian deletes all the refrences to Rasputin's sexual desires and perversions, making the film lose its "Caligula-esque" edge. See more »

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Okay, I'm not really Russian...
3 March 1999 | by JohnnyCNoteSee all my reviews

...but I speak the language fluently. Even so, I need the subtitles to get through this one. Petrenko is VERY convincing as the mad monk.

The plot is every bit as convoluted and murky as was Russian society in those days.

It's a great film, one of my favorites from Russia/USSR...


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