The year after the all-star Grand Hotel, brothers John and Lionel Barrymore teamed again in Rasputin and the Empress. Joining them in a sumptuous and stirring tale about the often-called Mad Monk who held a powerful - perhaps hypnotic - sway over World War I-era Russian royalty was the third member of the American stage's Royal Family: Ethel Barrymore, making this the lone feature with all three thespian siblings.
Intercut with footage from the actual era, the film burns with intrigue, betrayal, rivalry and the renowned trio's talents. Lionel has the plum role of Rasputin, seething with ambition and rage. "I will be Russia!" he proclaims. History shows he would not. But this movie shows he would not be forgotten.
The story of a shrewd, ratlike dissoulte monk who plots against Russia's Romanoff Dynasty. Academy Awards Nominations: Best Original Screenplay.
This classic of the silver screen owes its prestige to sibling stars John, Ethel and Lionel Barrymore. When conventional medicine fails to cure the Czarina's dying son, she calls in her trusted friend Rasputin, an eccentric monk with political ambitions on his mind and devious schemes up his sleeve. Mysteriously, Rasputin's mystical treatments revive the little Prince, who suffers from hemophilia. But under the holy man's care, the regal lad is distant and strange -- a puppet bewitched by the monk's hypnotic spell. Now that Rasputin has the royal family in the palm of his hand, the entire Romanov Dynasty will kneel at his feet.
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