Rasputin (1928 film)
Rasputin, The Prince of Sinners (German: Dornenweg einer Fürstin), or simply Rasputin, is a 1928 German-Soviet drama film co-directed by Nikolai Larin and Boris Nevolin and starring Vladimir Gajdarov, Suzanne Delmas and Ernst Rückert. The film's poster showed the tagline "rysslands onda ande", which translates as "Russia's Evil Spirit". The film's sets were designed by Carl Ludwig Kirmse. This film is sometimes confused with another 1928 German silent film made about Rasputin called Rasputin, the Holy Sinner.
|Rasputin, The Prince of Sinners|
|Directed by||Nikolai Larin |
|Written by||Boris Nevolin |
|Starring||Vladimir Gajdarov |
|Distributed by||Süd film|
|12 November 1928|
This being the only known German-Russian co-production ever done about Rasputin, the filmmakers were able to shoot the film at or near the historical places where the real life incidents portrayed actually occurred. In 1928, the Russian royalty was interested in showing Rasputin as the monster he really was, rather than try to illicit sympathy for the character. He is depicted as a sexually promiscuous alcoholic with abhorrent manners, similar to the manner in which Hammer Films later portrayed him in their 1966 Christopher Lee film, Rasputin the Mad Monk.
- Gregori Chmara as Rasputin
- Vladimir Gajdarov as Alexander Kolossow
- Suzanne Delmas as Ludmilla Woronzow
- Ernst Rückert as Leonid Woronzow
- Fritz Alberti as Fürst Woronzow, Reichtsrats-Mitglied
- Hedwig Wangel as Fürstin Woronzow
- Mary Kid as Tatjana Oblonskaja
- Hans Albers as Sergej Ordinsky, Diplomat
- Anton Pointner as Peter Awdejew
- Günther Hadank as Radlow
- Lidiya Tridenskaya as Anissja, die Köchin
- Oreste Baldini as Mitensohn
- David Monko as Sokolsky - Sekretär
- Karl Platen as Sawely, der Diener
- Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.