Agonia (1981)

USSR, 1981
114m (Canada), 148m (Russia), 154m (Mexico) 156m (Argentina)
35mm film, Sovscope, colour, 2.35:1
mono, Russian

A Soviet Russian borderline horror film directed by Elem Klimov.

Plot Summary

In 1916 Russia, the monk Rasputin inveigles his way into the home of the Czar and Czarina who worships him almost as a god. The hypnotic monk uses his malign influence to affect the Czar’s political decisions, even affecting the fortunes of war. A conspiracy is formed to dispose of Rasputin, but he may not be so easy to kill.

Credits

Crew
Director: Elem Klimov
Mosfilm
Script: Semyon Lungin, Ilya Nusinov
Director of Photography: Leonid Kalashnikov
Editor: Valeriya Belova
US Version Editor: Fima Noveck
Music: Alfred Shnitke
Conductor: Eri Klas
Sound: Boris Vengerovsky
Costume Designer: Tatyana Vadetskaya
Key Make Up: Vladimir Yakovlev
Production Designers: Shavkat Abdusalamov, Sergei Voronkov
Art Director: Shavkat Abdusalamov

Cast
Aleksei Petrenko (Grigori Rasputin)
Anatoli Romashin (Nicholas II)
Velta Line (Aleksandra Fyodorovna)
Alisa Frejndlikh (Vyrubova)
A. Romantsov [real name: Aleksandr Romantsov.[/mfn]
Yuri Katin-Yartsev (Purishkevich)
Leonid Bronevoy (Manasevich-Manuilov)
Pavel Pankov (Manus)
Mikhail Danilov (Andronnikov)
Mikhail Svetin (Terekhov)
Nelli Pshyonnaya (Baroness)
Aleksei Vanin
Lyudmila Polyakova
Olga Grigoryeva
Boris Romanov (Balashov)
Sergei Muchenikov (Dmitri Pavlovich)
Aleksandr Pavlov (Sukhotin)
Baiten Omarov (Badmayev)
P. Arzhanov
Vladimir Osenev (Shturmer)

Alternative Titles

Agonia – Rasputin, Gott und Satan – German title
Agonie – Austrian title
Agony
Rasputin

References

Periodicals
Radio Times 25 September – 1 October 1993 p.85 – credits

Newspapers
Daily Mail 5 December 1985 p.7 – review
Mail on Sunday 1 December 1985 p.40 – review