Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin
1982142 minutes
Cast:
Aleksei Petrenko, Alisa Frejndlikh, Anatoli Romashin, Velta Line
Director:
Elem Klimov

This depiction of Rasputin and his effect on the Russian ruling class doesn't skimp on decadence, violence and depravity. Aleksei Petrenko stars as the mad monk who became a confidant to Czar Nicholas II and helped push Russia into World War I. Banned in Russia for a decade for painting an unflattering portrait of the royal family, Agony has since been recognized as a powerful political drama. Elem Klimov directs.

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