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Rasputin and the Empress

Rasputin is one of the most interesting people in the world during the early 20th Century. He was also one of the most enigmatic and contradictory. A holy man who was accused of raping a nun, excessive drinking, and being power hungry. Barrymore's portrayal of Rasputin plays this up, plus making claims that he will be Russia. He seems almost like Charles Manson at times in the way he can make someone, ...

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Released: Jan 1st, 1932
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Rasputin and the Empress Main Cast

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John Barrymore
John Barrymore
plays Prince Paul Chegodieff
Ethel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore
plays Czarina Alexandra
Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
plays Grigori Rasputin
Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan
plays Czar Nicholas II
Diana Wynyard
Diana Wynyard
plays Princess Natasha
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • The only film in which all three Barrymore siblings - John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore - appeared together.
  • The model for the character of Princess Natasha in the movie was Princess Irina Romanoff Youssoupoff. She filed a lawsuit against Thalberg and MGM, claiming invasion of privacy and libel in portraying her as a mistress and, later, a rape victim of Grigory Rasputin. She won an award of $127,373 in an English court and an out-of-court settlement in New York with MGM, reportedly $1 million. As a result of the success of Princess Youssoupoff's lawsuit against MGM over this movie, Hollywood studios began inserting the disclaimer "This motion picture is a work of fiction and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental" in the credits of virtually every film released since.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): Although considered to be a mystic, Rasputin was neither a monk and nor was he unmarried. He had left behind a wife and several children in his native village on the outskirts of Russia.
  • Irving Thalberg fired writer Mercedes de Acosta when she refused to write a scene involving a fictitious meeting between Grigory Rasputin and Princess Irene Romanov Yusupov, which she knew did not occur. Prince Feliks Yusupov, one of Rasputin's assassins, was a friend of de Acosta. After her firing, the scene was added. After the film's release, both Prince Yusupov and his wife sued Thalberg and MGM, as de Acosta warned he would, and won a large settlement.
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