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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.

Director:

Elem Klimov
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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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Trivia

The Soviet government held up the film's release for six years. See more »

Goofs

The episode where Rasputin was lured into a trap by clergymen didn't take place in 1916 but 5 years previously. It didn't go exactly as shown in the picture (no singing 'female lure' has ever been mentioned), though accounts differ as to what actually happened during the encounter. 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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Historic events turned into great cinematic work
20 June 2002 | by b_larsonSee all my reviews

I don't understand russian language and I'm not very familiar to russian history, but the events told in this film make a very strong and exciting experience. Much of this is due to Elem Klimovs very conscious use of cinematic methods. The mad monk (Rasputin) as an evil force in russian politics is portrayed with great force. Klimov seems to be one of the great cinematic poets and dramatist who can tell a story of violent and dramatic political events, and also of private and psychological conditions. The actors are first rate in every aspect and make this cruel story a memorable, thrilling and moving experience. Agoniya means of course agony, and that is what the imperial family and the political elite in Russia went trough these years. Klimov had to do some compromises, but this film is in any way a masterpiece.


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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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