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Agony (DVD NTSC)

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Studio(s): Ruscico, MosFilm
DVD Region: ALL
2 DVD Set
Theatrical release: 1981
DVD release: 2001
Sound format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1
Language(s): Russian, English, French
Subtitles: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Russian
Format: Widescreen
Genre(s): Drama, World War I

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A wide-scope panoramic view of Russia in 1916. The country is in its third year of war which seems to never end, with police rule, hunger and devastation at their peak. All this plays out against a background of luxury and corruption at the court, where the agonizing power still entertains hopes of coping with “the rebels”. The courtiers have a presentiment of the collapse of the Russian autocracy. Fear, despair and blind belief in Providence make a fertile ground for the “great” starets, adventurist Rasputin, who is a friend of the royal family and has gained mastery over the Czar and his ministers. The filmmakers used newsreels of the 1917 Revolution…

Director:
Elem Klimov

Script:
Semen Lungin, Il'ya Nusinov

Camera:
Leonid Kalashnikov

Music:
Alfred Schnittke

Cast:
Alisa Frejndlikh, Leonid Bronevoj, Yurij Katin-Yartsev, Aleksandr Romantsov, Velta Line, Anatolij Romashin, Aleksej Petrenko, Nelli Pshennaya