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Assassin of the Tsar (1991)

Tsareubiytsa (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 1 October 1993 (UK)
Over seventy five years ago Russia's last Tsar and his entire family met their fate at the hands of a murderous assassin. Yet, behind the closed doors of a modern day psychiatric hospital a patient is telling the story of the event.


Karen Shakhnazarov
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Timofeyev / Yurovsky
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Dr. Smirnov / Tsar Nicholas II
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ... Aleksandr Yegorovich
Yuriy Sherstnyov ... Kozlov
Anzhela Ptashuk Anzhela Ptashuk ... Marina
Viktor Seferov Viktor Seferov ... Vojkov (as V. Seferov)
Olga Antonova ... Tsarina Aleksandra (as O. Antonova)
Dariya Majorova Dariya Majorova ... Princess Olga (as D. Majorova)
Evgeniya Kryukova ... Princess Tatyana (as Ye. Kryukova)
Alyona Teremizova Alyona Teremizova ... Princess Mariya (as A. Teremizova)
Olga Borisova Olga Borisova ... Princess Anastasiya (as O. Borisova)
Anastasiya Nemolyaeva ... Nurse (as A. Nemolyaeva)
Aleksey Logunov Aleksey Logunov ... Prince Aleksei (as A. Logunov)
Vyacheslav Vdovin Vyacheslav Vdovin ... Dr. Botkin (as V. Vdovin)
Vyacheslav Mukhov Vyacheslav Mukhov ... Medvedev (as V. Mukhov)


A patient in a modern day mental institution believes that he is the man who assassinated Tsar Alexander in 1881 and Tsar Nicolas II in 1918. He and his doctor soon slip out of reality and are forced to relive the events of 1918 in order to break the spell. Written by choir boy <choirboy@execulink.com>

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Obsessed with the past. Condemned to repeat it.


Drama | History


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A Russian tale
2 May 2017 | by theta30See all my reviews

Assassin of the Tsar might be a parable, for which I give the following view: the event was one of the most important in the Russia's history. Killing the Tsar was profound in the people's mind since common people looked at him with reverence. Moreover, his family and entourage of 9 people also was killed. This tragic event might haunt the conscience (in an abstract sense) of the Russian people. Its justification raises moral questions and now, after history showed the effects of Russian revolution, we can ponder about it retrospectively.

It would have been easier if the Tsar was marked by avarice and carelessness for his own people, decadent and a simpleton, as probably some communist propaganda movies must had depicted. However, the director chose to show him in a different light: he is studious, tactful and intelligent. On the other hand, the local chief NKVD-ist Yurovsky does what he does out of duty for revolution. One asks in the movie "Is it that simple?"

The interpretation might be extended as the assassin representing the Bolsheviks and the Tsar, the aristocracy/high class that was to be eliminated. In this light, we explain the following: Yurovsky is a approached by the mother of a girl that disappeared and he knows nothing about it. Doctor Timofeyev (the embodiment of "typical Yurovsky") worryingly speaks that he is not guilty about it. The girl's interpretation then is the mass of innocent people that died and suffered as a consequence of Bolsheviks' revolution.

Assassin of the Tsar is a fantasy/absurdist movie that is presented in a serious mode - respecting the subject by avoiding the dry humor that often accompanies absurd movies. I would interpret the second doctor (Aleksandr Yegorovich) as the embodiment of the typical light-hearted/forgiving part of the history.

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