December 30, 1916, three shots are fired in the rear courtyard of Yusupov Palace in St. Petersburg. These hit and kill Grigori Rasputin. The story of the pious vagabond who became one of the most influential men in Russia has become a popular legend of the 20th century. Russian with English subtitles.
This is an excellent documentary, acknowledging common beliefs about Rasputin, but balancing these against contemporary evidence and critical thought. The picture that emerges is more complex than one usually encounters. A bad influence at a critical time in history, yes....but not the demon of motion pictures.