French film director Josée Dayan has started to shoot a film on location in Russia about Grigory Rasputin, with Gerard Depardieu in the main role.
Grigory Rasputin was a mysterious man from Siberia who was believed to have had a great influence over the last Russian Emperor Nicolas II and his wife because he was believed to have magic healing powers. This has been proven nonsense.
Now, scenes from Rasputin’s life in Siberia are being shot at a museum of wooden architecture in Russia’s north.
Besides Mr. Depardieu, the film will feature French star Fanny Ardant and a whole range of leading Russian actors.
According to RIA Novosti, the film will be based on "real facts" from Rasputin’s life in St. Petersburg starting from 1905. Given the trail of bad films based loosely on the life of Rasputin, that truly sensationalize his "influence" over Nicholas and Alexandra, this new film is sure to follow the same path. We strongly recommend that the producers and researchers for the film read The Murder of Grigorii Rasputin by Margarita Nelipa, if they really are sincere in producing a film based on facts!
© Royal Russia. 5 April, 2011