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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Grigori Rasputin
... Nicholas II
Velta Line ... Aleksandra Fyodorovna
... Vyrubova
Aleksandr Romantsov ... Yusupov (as A. Romantsov)
... Purishkevich
... Manasevich-Manuilov
... Manus
... Andronnikov
... Terekhov
Nelli Pshyonnaya ... Baroness
... Vospitatel cesarevitcha
... Paraskeva
Olga Grigoreva ... Yurodivaya
... Balashov
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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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15 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin  »

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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 »

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Another sensationalist movie about Rasputin.
4 July 2007 | by See 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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