Rasputin (1931/32)


Personal opinion: Conrad’s performance as Rasputin was so truthful to the character that Rasputin’s own niece admitted that Conrad resembled her uncle a lot. “Rasputin” was one of the most acclaimed films in Connie’s entire career, and he was very convincing in this very difficult role, that required special make-up and a lot of theatrical skill. But such a fine actor like Conrad makes it look so easy, so natural, so human! Connie managed to show us, the public, another facet of the controversed Rasputin, who supposedly cursed the Czar and his family – executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Conrad shows us a man who loved life, who liked women and children, who was helpful to the Czar (he cured the Czar’s daughter) and who was very healthy (the poison didn’t kill him, but the many bullets shot by the people who hated him). Connie’s Rasputin is a victim of denigration, of envy, hatred and vengeance. He dies like a martyr, but no matter what he does, no matter how sinful he may be, he never loses his faith in God, nor his power, until the last moments of his life, when he is hurt and sacrificed like a beast of prey. 


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