Rasputin, the Mad Monk

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"Ladies' Man - And Lady Killer!"
  • NR
  • 1966
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.2  (3,402)

The 1966 film Rasputin, the Mad Monk is a historical drama based on the life of the infamous Russian mystic and political figure Grigori Rasputin. The film stars Christopher Lee in the titular role and features Barbara Shelley as the Russian Tsarina Alexandra and Richard Pasco as Prince Felix Yusupov. The movie begins with Rasputin arriving in St. Petersburg, where he quickly gains a reputation as a healer and holy man. He is invited to meet with the Tsarina, who is searching for a cure for her son's hemophilia. Rasputin is able to soothe the boy's pain, earning the favor of the Tsarina and her husband, Tsar Nicholas II.

As Rasputin ingratiates himself with the royal family, he also becomes embroiled in the political turmoil of the time. The Russian people are growing restless under Tsar Nicholas's rule, and the Russian Revolution is on the horizon. Rasputin, who has gained immense power and influence over the royal family, becomes a target for those who would like to see him removed from power.

The film portrays Rasputin as a manipulative and amoral figure, who is not above exploiting his position for personal gain. His hedonistic lifestyle and sexual escapades are a constant source of scandal, and many people see him as a danger to the stability of the Russian Empire.

Christopher Lee delivers a captivating performance as Rasputin, managing to convey both his charisma and his ruthlessness. His towering presence and piercing gaze make him an intimidating figure on screen. Barbara Shelley is also impressive as the Tsarina Alexandra, conveying the desperation of a mother who will do anything to save her child.

The film features several dramatic set pieces, including a scene in which Rasputin is attacked and left for dead, only to rise from the river unscathed. The movie also includes some gruesome moments, such as a scene in which Rasputin feeds his enemies poisoned cake.

The production design is top-notch, with impressive attention to detail in the costumes and sets. The film is set against the backdrop of the opulent Russian court, and the costumes and settings help to transport the viewer back in time. The score, composed by Don Banks, is appropriately dramatic and adds to the tension of the film.

Overall, Rasputin, the Mad Monk is an entertaining historical drama that offers a compelling portrayal of one of the most fascinating figures of early 20th century Russia. Christopher Lee's performance as Rasputin is a highlight of the film, and the production values are impressive. While the film takes some liberties with the historical record, it remains an engaging and engrossing drama that is worth watching for fans of historical fiction.

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    6.2  (3,402)