A wide-scope panoramic view of Russia in 1916. The country is in its third year of war which seems to never end, with police rule, hunger and devastation at their peak. All this plays out against a background of luxury and corruption at the court, where the agonizing power still entertains hopes of coping with “the rebels”. The courtiers have a presentiment of the collapse of the Russian autocracy. Fear, despair and blind belief in Providence make a fertile ground for the “great” starets, adventurist Rasputin, who is a friend of the royal family and has gained mastery over the Czar and his ministers. The filmmakers used newsreels of the 1917 Revolution…
This controversial historic drama was released twice: in 1975 and, after a number of changes, in 1985.

2 x DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:12:46 + 01:09:18
5.52 Gb + 6.18 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Russian, Francais

Subtitles: Russian, Francais, Espanol, Nederlands, Japanese, Svenska, English, Deutsch, Italiano, Portugues, Hebrew, Chinese, Arabic
Genre: Drama, History

Director: Elem Klimov
Actors: Aleksei Petrenko, Anatoli Romashin, Velta Line, Alisa Frejndlikh, Aleksandr Romantsov, Yuri Katin-Yartsev, Leonid Bronevoy
Country: Soviet Union

• Special Jury Prize FIPRESCI for off-competition films at the Venice IFF, 1982
• Grand Prize “The Golden Eagle” at the Ruel-Malmeson IFF (France), 1985

Special Freatures:
• Pictures and filmographies of the film’s authors
• Candids from the shooting ground
• An interview with the leading actor A. Petrenko
• An interview with the production designer Sh. Abdusalamov
• The documentaries: “300th Anniversary of the House of Romanov” and “Burial of the remains of the royal family”
• Teasers of the films coming next

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