Beginning of the twentieth century. The tsarevitch suffering from a serious illness is one foot in a grave until to Petersburg there does not arrive the Siberian healer Rasputin. Alexander Fiodorovna’s queen sees in it a sign and starts to rely more and more on opinion, councils and helps of the savior. Influence it is thrown and on emperor Nikolay II. The illiterate adviser of an imperial family cannot reconcile to influence of the crude man alien to the peterburzhsky nobility. Against Rasputin plot while the history of the Russian State is on a break ripens.
Round person Grigory Rasputin so many conjectures, tales and hearings are widespread that it seems as if to spoil its reputation as the historical character it is simply impossible. However the film "Rasputin" manages to step through a side reasonable, having turned and without that doubtful hero into frankly trite set of stamps, actor’s and historical.
Gerard Depardieu insisted on that shootings took place in historical scenery of St. Petersburg though the director initially planned to remove in France
Let’s begin with that the film has difficult destiny. It was removed in 2011 by the French director Jose Dianne, at that time the author saw it the series intended for television of France. Any special attention and success the series among Frenchmen did not get – Depardieu and Ardant, certainly, a star, but France does not test deficiency in own film projects to clap to the Russian export. In Russia to a tape the destiny of a full-length film theatrical performance and as the author of the film refused alterations was prepared, for an assembly table Irakly Kvirikadze, quite independent creator who has been held down in this case by a vice of the original film, on the one hand, and the new scenario – with another took seat. As a result the film was mounted to the Moscow film festival of 2013, passed a running in on two displays for critics and experts, went on the next edition and just now reached hire – crumpled, chaotic and incoherent.
To play Grigory Rasputin’s role was Gerard Depardieu’s old dream. For the first time to reflect on film statement about the mysterious Russian man the actor began 15 years ago
What it for unenviable destiny, whether is not present in it «Rasputin’s damnation»? In our opinion, no. The corner problem here it is rather in initially incorrect approach to a material. Alas, Rasputin simply appeared too hard neither to screenwriters, nor the director. Not according to Senka a cap. The figure of the Siberian aged man who has become one of most men of weight in Russia, in itself is difficult, and a context of events in Russia and the world, a situation round an imperial family, an artful design of characters and a chain of intrigues turn an image at all into a very heavy block. Therefore Gerard Depardieu’s who clicked fingers and has declared appearance: «I want Rasputin to play!», anything good to the project did not promise. To dress up in a cassock, to grow a beard and to roll eyes it is easy, and Depardieu’s all the "russkost" expressed in vodka, da’s cucumbers dancings. The worst representation of Russia in the opinion of the world since cold war when all of us it is universal considered as balalaika players at whom houses live brown bears.
Not on the place there is also Fanny Ardant, her empress is more similar to the cook, the such hermit who has lost touch with the world. Still bigger bewilderment is caused by "conspirators". Princes Dmitry Pavlovich and Felix Yusupov for some reason show pathological nonsense, stick out inappropriate unisex love experiences, are engaged in everything, besides, that situation, belief, a situation, common sense, eventually demands from them. Besides, these heroes are so faceless that, change clothes of Kozlowski and Yankovsky, rearrange actors in places, will change nothing.
The unique strong standing on the feet actor in the film is Vladimir Mashkov playing a role of Nikolay with advantage all inherent it. Contrary to a view accepted today of the emperor as on a weak-willed rag, his hero – the real monarch, all skin feeling the tense bowstring of the historical moment.
Such silly set of actors turns a picture about time which, undoubtedly, demands careful judgment, in clownish buffoonery. For the historical truth to take this action filled with mysticism in any way it is impossible (that there are only the drowned Rasputin’s opening eyes), but also for the work of art "Rasputin" is empty, superficial, inattentive to an essence, though is proud of that founders of the film collected for shootings incredible quantity of authentic suits, scenery and accessories.