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Rasputin and the Empress (1932) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Charles Brabin and Richard Boleslawski and produced by Irving Thalberg and Bernard H. Hyman.

Academy Awards 1932/33 --- Ceremony Number 6 (source: AMPAS)

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Best WritingCharles MacArthurNominated
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RASPUTIN AND THE EMPRESS ( 1932 )

By Crystal Kalyana on Mar 30, 2015 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

ETHEL BARRYMORE MONTH RASPUTIN AND THE EMPRESS ( 1932 ) When I first became an avid fan of the Barrymore’s, one of the films I collected was “Rasputin And The Empress”, a lavish?landmark film featuring the Barrymore trilogy, Ethel, John and Lionel. It’s a very enthralling mov... Read full article


A Rasputin Two-fer: Rasputin and the Empress (1932) & Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

By Clayton on May 19, 2014 From Phantom Empires

A Rasputin Two-fer: Rasputin and the Empress (1932) & Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) 5/19/2014 0 Comments What person even slightly interested in history doesn't know those eyes? Burning and possessing, they drill into one's ... Read full article


Rasputin and the Empress, Happy Anniversary! Premiered, Friday, December 23rd, 1932 (2)

By C. S. Williams on Dec 23, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

The only that all three of the royal acting family appeared in the same film.... Read full article


Rasputin and the Empress, Happy Anniversary! Premiered, Friday, December 23rd, 1932

By C. S. Williams on Dec 23, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

The only that all three of the royal acting family appeared in the same film.... Read full article


Rasputin and the Empress, Happy Anniversary! Premiered, Friday, December 23rd, 1932

By C. S. Williams on Dec 23, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

The only that all three of the royal acting family appeared in the same film.... Read full article


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Ethel Barrymore's only starring role in a motion picture with sound.
Upon its initial release in 1932, the movie was the subject of a lawsuit issued by Prince Feliks Yusupov, who had actually been involved in the death of the real Grigory Rasputin. Although names in the film were changed (Yusupov's character, as portrayed by John Barrymore, was called Prince Paul Chegodieff), Yusupov also recognized Diana Wynyard's character of Princess Natasha to be that of his wife, Princess Irina. the Yussoupovs sued for libel as a result of a scene which suggested that his wife had been raped by Rasputin. MGM lost the suit, and the scene was cut from later releases. It rendered Wynyard's character somewhat incomprehensible if the viewer of the film is unaware of the cut - in the first half of the film, Princess Natasha is a supporter of Rasputin, and in the second half, she is inexplicably extremely afraid of him. The laserdisc release of this film includes the original theatrical trailer, which contains a portion of this deleted scene.
Dr. William Axt, MGM's musical director, brought together all the Greek and Russian orthodox church choirs in Los Angeles to sing at the celebration mass at the start of the movie.
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Best Writing Oscar 1932/33







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Also directed by Richard Boleslawski




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