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Агония

Elem Klimov Kesatuan Soviet, 1975

J. O.'s rating of the film Agony

A mesmerizing film that fuses historic footage of Russia in 1916 with the bizarrely haunting tale of Rasputin and the Romanov family. Many scenes are like paintings - graceful, soft colours, and stoic performances. Rasputin is, of course, manic and psychosis - his downfall paralleled by the fall of the Imperial family. It would have been nice to see more of the revolutions, but overall a lavish and beautiful film.