Rasputin and the Empress

Synopsis: As Europe looms on the edge of war in 1913, the family and members of the court of the Russian czar Nicholas come under the sway of a mysterious mystic named Rasputin. When Rasputin miraculously appears to cure the czar's son Alyosha of his hemophilia, the monk's reputation is cemented, particularly in the mind of the princess Natasha. Natasha's fiancé (and, later, husband) Prince Paul Chegodieff, however, suspects Rasputin is a charlatan who will cause the downfall of the royal family and perhaps of Russia itself.
121 min

[Men singing in Russian]

[Bells ringing]

[Choir singing

in Russian]

Almighty lord of hosts,

preserver of holy Russia,

300 years this day

have the Romanoffs

reigned over us.

[Choir singing]

Grant unto them

thy servants

a peaceful life, length of days.

# Emperor Nicolai

Aleksandrovitch #

[Choir singing]

# Bless all-pious #

# Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna #

# Protect with thy mercy #

# Alexis Nikolayevich #

# Anointed by God #

# To protect the throne #

[Choir singing]

# Amen #

Almighty lord

of hosts,

king of kings,

bless all

of these my people.

Fill thou

their lamps with oil

and give them from on high

the dew of heaven

and all the fullness

of the Earth below.

Grant them

mutual love

in the bond of peace,

and may the Grace

of our lord Jesus Christ...

Be with us ever.


# Amen #

[Choir singing]

Your highness,

I regret

to inform you

Your brother

will not be present.

Why not?

There's been

an accident.

He is dead?

Yes, your highness.


Yes, your highness.

God rest his soul.

What has been done?

A number of suspects

have been arrested.

Shoot them...

All of them.

Without trial?

They did not give

my brother a trial.

We'll show them what a

real killing can be like.

Your highness, another

wholesale execution...

You've had

your orders.

But, sir, I can't

obey such orders.

Shh. Natasha.

Uncle Igor...


is it true

about my father?



Your fianc seems to

sympathize with the assassins.

Darling, because

they murdered,

we can't

murder back.

It's the first thing your

father would have said.

Take me to him.

Natasha, your place

is here.

The Empress'


Does not leave for any

reason, Prince Chegodieff.

But, your



[Gavel raps]

His imperial highness

the archduke Ferdinand

of Austria-Hungary.

[Orchestra playing]

Ferdinand, what an angel

you are to come so far.

I wouldn't have missed it

for anything. Your majesty.


And Alix.

Your imperial highnesses.

If the Emperor

had been well,

he would have been

here himself.

Oh, he would not bother

about us parvenus.

What is 300 years

to a Hapsburg?

We are feeling

our years, though, hmm?

In celebration

of your anniversary,

The Emperor has

asked me to confer

the order

of the iron crown

on his little highness.

Oh, how beautiful.

No, no,

at the top.

Well, Aloysha,

what do you say?

Will your highness

honor me

by expressing

to his imperial majesty

our sincere gratitude

for this great honor?


a beautiful speech.

What a soldier.

If we ever have

a war,

will you promise me

to fight for Austria?

Yes, your highness.


He will stay home.

Oh, well.

Ha ha ha!

Your imperial


I wish to extend

the sympathy of France

in your terrible loss.

The grand duke, sir,

he was fond of my country.



Your majesty.

Sergei... Sergei?


your majesty.

I was laughing and talking

with him only this morning.

Your majesties, Im so

sorry I brought the news.

Excellency, we should

have heard soon.


the audience.

Aloysha, go with

your sisters.

Oh, take this away.

My head aches.


Yes, majesty.

Do you want

the doctor, my dear?

Oh, no, Nicky. It's

nothing. I'm all right.

I can't help

thinking of Sergei.

He was so full of life, so strong.

Do you remember that

rose garden at Bialystok

and the marble stairs

He never

let me climb?

Once he tried

to carry us both.

Why didn't we

stay there, Nicky?

We were happy...

Human beings.

Nobody wanted

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