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HISTORY

This film opened on 12 Sep 1917 at the Park Theater in New York for a ten-day run. Because of the huge crowds at the premiere, it was necessary to call out police reserves. Many of the character names in this film are not historically accurate. For information concerning other films about Rasputin, see the notes to The Fall of the Romanoffs ... More Less

This film opened on 12 Sep 1917 at the Park Theater in New York for a ten-day run. Because of the huge crowds at the premiere, it was necessary to call out police reserves. Many of the character names in this film are not historically accurate. For information concerning other films about Rasputin, see the notes to The Fall of the Romanoffs (above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
6 Oct 17
p. 736.
MPN
29 Sep 17
p. 2161.
MPW
29 Sep 17
p. 2008.
MPW
17 Feb 17
p. 1089.
MPW
20 Oct 17
p. 441, 444
New York Times
13 Sep 17
p. 11.
NYDM
22 Sep 17
p. 18.
Variety
14 Sep 17
p. 35.
Wid's
11 Oct 17
p. 650.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 October 1917
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LU11502
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7-8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Gregory Novik, an ambitious Russian peasant who is hated by his fellow villagers, enjoys his hypnotic power over women, including Inez, the wife of revolutionary leader Raff. Gregory leaves disguised as a monk, and while drinking with a secret service agent, betrays Raff, who is captured. The agent persuades Gregory to go to St. Petersburg, where Gregory becomes known as Rasputin and converts a following of prominent people to his teachings that the inhibition of physical cravings is evil. When the young Czarevitch develops an illness that doctors diagnose as incurable, Rasputin saves him, but warns that he must always stay near him. Sixteen years later, during World War I, Rasputin, who flaunts his immense power, conspires with the Germans to cripple the Russian army. After Princess Sonia repulses Rasputin's advances, he lures Raff's daughter Ilda to his room and is embracing her when a message comes from Sonia. As he searches for Sonia, Rasputin is killed by Raff and his body is dumped into the river. The Czar attempts to dissolve the Duma, but Kerensky's eloquence encourages the members to remain, and the Czar is ... +


Gregory Novik, an ambitious Russian peasant who is hated by his fellow villagers, enjoys his hypnotic power over women, including Inez, the wife of revolutionary leader Raff. Gregory leaves disguised as a monk, and while drinking with a secret service agent, betrays Raff, who is captured. The agent persuades Gregory to go to St. Petersburg, where Gregory becomes known as Rasputin and converts a following of prominent people to his teachings that the inhibition of physical cravings is evil. When the young Czarevitch develops an illness that doctors diagnose as incurable, Rasputin saves him, but warns that he must always stay near him. Sixteen years later, during World War I, Rasputin, who flaunts his immense power, conspires with the Germans to cripple the Russian army. After Princess Sonia repulses Rasputin's advances, he lures Raff's daughter Ilda to his room and is embracing her when a message comes from Sonia. As he searches for Sonia, Rasputin is killed by Raff and his body is dumped into the river. The Czar attempts to dissolve the Duma, but Kerensky's eloquence encourages the members to remain, and the Czar is exiled. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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