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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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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

15 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rasputin See more »

Filming Locations:

Soviet Union

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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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

A thick layer of muddy water is shown to cover the bottom of Rasputin's grave. A loud splash is heard when the coffin is dropped into it. In reality, Rasputin was buried in January, in the middle of a cold, Russian, winter, which precluded there being ANY water in the grave. (the Tsar's Diary says 'Minus 12'.) 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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Another sensationalist movie about Rasputin.
4 July 2007 | by GrishkaSee all my reviews

What an awful movie. Rasputin is portrayed as a completely insane person. We get no insight at all into his personality. This is just another movie in a row of sensationalist movies about Rasputin. The only movie who takes Rasputin seriously is "Rasputin" made in 1996 starring Alan Rickman, Ian McKellen, David Warner and others. It's so tiring to watch yet another Rasputin movie about a crazy evil monster creating havoc. Always we get "The mad monk" angle. Rasputin was never a member of any monk order and therefore never defrocked, but who cares about details like that. There was a real religious side to Rasputin and there was a darker side, but the books and movies only focus on the latter because that's where there's money to be made. I wonder when we're going to see a historically accurate movie about Rasputin. Perhaps never, I fear...


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