Rasputin And The Empress DVD
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.
**Please be aware that this is a manufactured on demand disc that was created using a DVD-R disc. It should play in all standard DVD players.
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Lionel Barrymore is the most easily recognized of these acting siblings. John and Ethel are better known for their stage work. All three are wonderful and at the height of their careers.
Rasputin & the Empress is a fascinating look at a fascinating point in history. Included here are several cuts of actual period footage of Russia. For history buffs, this is very welcome.
The costumes, sets, and pageantry are sumptuous.
The acting is a bit overblown, but given that talkies were only about five years old at the time, this silent acting style is understandable; the equipment had not caught up either.