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  • 2014
  • 1 Season

Rasputin is a historically-driven Russian drama miniseries that premiered in 2013. It is produced by the giant Russian network Channel One Russia and directed by the award-winning filmmaker Alexandr Baranov. The miniseries offers an unusual representation of the legendary figure of Grigori Rasputin, and presents a different perspective on the life of one of the most controversial figures in Russian history.

Rasputin is a six-part historical series that portrays the life of the Siberian peasant Grigori Rasputin (played by Vladimir Mashkov) and his influence over the Royal Family during the turbulent period of Imperial Russia. The series also focuses on his enigmatic connection with the Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna (played by Ekaterina Klimova) and his alleged control over the last days of the Romanov dynasty.

The show opens with Rasputin's early life in Siberia and his early days as a wanderer before he moves to St. Petersburg. He is shown as an ordinary man with extraordinary powers, which he uses to mesmerize people with his religious preaching and healing abilities. With his ability to cure the hemophilia of Tsarevich Alexei, Rasputin earns favor with the Royal Family, and they invite him to their palace where he quickly gains more power and influence.

Despite his holy image and apparent kindness, Rasputin's behavior becomes erratic, and he falls into the abyss of drinking, womanizing, and manipulating people. The show portrays him as an eccentric, larger-than-life character who's ability to influence the Romanovs becomes a source of threat to many influential people in the royal court. His presence is seen as an obstacle for the reformists and liberals, and soon he becomes a target for conspiracies seeking to eliminate him.

Adding layers of complexity to the plot, the series also shows the internal struggles of the Tsar and Tsarina as they try to maintain a balance between their love for their son and their responsibility towards the empire. The reality of the economic and social issues of the time is also a backdrop to the drama, adding tension to the plot, making the audience feel in the midst of the historical events.

The cast of Rasputin is incredibly diverse and delivers strong performances. Vladimir Mashkov, who plays Rasputin, is an accomplished and charismatic actor who embodies the essence of the mad monk's recklessness. His portrayal of Rasputin is nuanced and multi-dimensional, showcasing the polarising yet fascinating character of Rasputin. His ability to impact the people around him makes him both dangerous and compelling.

Ekaterina Klimova, who plays the Tsarina Alexandra Fedorvna, is equally impressive in her role. She delivers a performance filled with pathos and tenderness portraying the Royal Family's love for each other and the tragic circumstances that led to their downfall. Klimova's character is the perfect counterpart to Mashkov's Rasputin, and the chemistry between the pair creates an intense relationship which adds to the show's intriguing and intense drama.

The cinematography and production design of Rasputin are astonishing, transported to the era of imperial Russia with detailed settings and costume design. Careful attention has been paid to the smallest of details, from the elaborate palaces with their ornate designs, to the lush gardens and the intricate costumes the cast wears. The show's visual elements help immerse the viewer and transport them to the 1900s.

In summary, Rasputin is an intense, dramatic and compelling TV miniseries that challenges the traditional portrayal of Grigori Rasputin. By highlighting the complexity of his character and the historical context of the events surrounding him, the show creates a gripping insight into the life of the controversial figure who, despite being a significant shadow in Russian history, remains as enigmatic and controversial as ever. With such a fascinating portrayal of Rasputin and his alleged influence on the royal family, the show is one of the best of its genre, leaving the viewer spellbound from beginning to end.

Rasputin is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on March 7, 2014.

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Episode 8
8. Episode 8
April 25, 2014
Felix entices Rasputin into his place on false pretenses. The rest of the plotters are already waiting for them, with poisoned food on the table. The plotters beat him near to death, but Rasputin survives. Rasputin attempts to escape, but is finished off by a mysterious man in the street. Swieten manages to send Maria and Anna abroad before it's too late.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
April 18, 2014
Knowing that Rasputin is persuading the Emperor not to interfere in the war, British agents are about to kill the old man with the help of Felix Yusupov. His lover - the Grand Duke Dmitry - has a score to settle with Grigory: he has recently upset his marriage to the Grand Duchess Olga. Yusupov and Dmitry are forcing Purishkevich to get involved in the plot against Rasputin.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
April 11, 2014
Swieten promises Rasputin's daughter to help recover her father's money. Rasputin goes to Pokrovskoye dismiss the rumors concerning his influence on the Emperor. Anna follows him, but soon comes back because of his wife's disapproval. The former hieromonk, Iliodor, sends Khioniya Guseva to kill Rasputin.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
April 4, 2014
A quickly widespread rumor has it that Rasputin is getting extremely close to the Emperor's family. Shortly after the assassination of Stolypin, the royal family calls Rasputin back to the palace to cure the young prince. The old man saves Anna, who suffered in a train crash.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
March 28, 2014
At last, Rasputin finds himself at His Majesty's. He saves his son from hemophilia attacks. Stolypin is against the old man's strong impact on the royal family, but the Emperor advises him to get acquainted with Grigory. The minister invites Rasputin to his place. Rasputin heals Stolypin's daughter and forecasts that the minister will die of murder.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
March 21, 2014
Anna tells Swieten how high-ranking people started turning to Grigory for help. Not only did he cure them from infertility and illnesses, but also saved their souls. A lot of ladies let him have sexual relations with him, considering it a holy blessing. Grigory started to get dangerous enemies; the sect-members whom he refused to help decide to kill him.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
March 14, 2014
Being unable to think of any explanation of his gift, Rasputin makes up his mind to leave the monastery. The Father Superior sends him to an old man Antip. The old man tries to kills Rasputin, assuming that his divine power has come not from God, but the Devil. Swieten tells Kerensky about his plan to nail Rasputin. Rasputin arrives in Petersburg, where Father John of Kronstadt receives him.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
March 7, 2014
Swieten gets down to investigating and comes to know the life of Rasputin in minute detail. After Rasputin steals a horse, he is badly beaten in his hometown. He sets off on a pilgrimage, where he first realizes his healing powers. In a monastery along the way, Rasputin heal's the Grand Duchess's severe headaches. She invites him to Petersburg.
Where to Watch Rasputin
Rasputin is available for streaming on the Janson Media website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Rasputin on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    March 7, 2014