Story of corrupt, powerhungry cleric Grigori Rasputin, his influence on members of the Russian Imperial family and on other aristocrats or individuals in positions of power or authority, and what resulted.
Grigori Rasputin was a corrupt cleric who was accused of raping a nun, excessive drinking, and being power hungry. His influence on members of the Russian Imperial family, and of others in the aristocracy or otherwise in positions of power or authority, was unprecedented and troubling.
Rasputin is one of the most interesting people in the world during the early 20th Century. He was also one of the most enigmatic and contradictory. A holy man who was accused of raping a nun, excessive drinking, and being power hungry. Barrymore's portrayal of Rasputin plays this up, plus making claims that he will be Russia. He seems almost like Charles Manson at times in the way he can make someone, especially the Czarevitch, behave like they are totally different people compared to the way they acted before meeting Rasputin.