UW Cinematheque: Summer Selections
Agony | Soviet Union | 1981 | 35mm | 151 min. | Russian with English subtitles Director: Elem Klimov
Thursday, July 27, 2017
4070 Vilas Hall
Cast: Aleksey Petrenko, Anatoliy Romashin, Velta Line Alternating between pre-revolution documentary footage and newly filmed color material, Klimov delivers a hypnotic, one-of-a-kind portrait of Grigori Rasputin (Petrenko), that pulls no punches when depicting the legendary mad monk’s penchant for deviancy, depravity and destruction. Often shown in heavily edited forms, this is the uncut version that fully restores Klimov’s original vision.