Desperate to cure her hemophiliac son, Czarina Alexandra resorts to seeking out the services of mystic healer Grigori Rasputin. Despite his unconventional methods, Rasputin appears to be curing the sickly child. However, Rasputin has a sinister side, and he begins back-door maneuvering in a bid for power. Suspicious of Rasputin, Prince Paul Chegodieff attempts to thwart the scheming mystic before he destroys the Russian empire.
Born in 1889 in Dębowa Góra, Poland. Died in 1937 in Hollywood, USA. Theatre and film director, actor and teacher. He graduated from the Tver Cavalry Officers School. He trained as an actor at the First Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre under Konstantin Stanislavski and his assistant Leopold Sulerzhitsky. During World War I, Boleslawski fought as a cavalry lieutenant on the tsarist Russian side until the fall of the Russian Empire. He left Russia after the October Revolution of 1917 for his native Poland, where he directed his first movies. As his birth name (Bolesław Ryszard Srzednicki) was difficult to pronounce, he took the name Ryszard Bolesławski.
His “Miracle at the Vistula” was a semi-documentary about the miraculous victory of the Poles at the Vistula River over the superior Soviet Russian forces during the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1921. In 1922, he acted in Die Gezeichneten, a German silent film directed by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer. In the 1920s, he made his way to New York City, where, now known as “Richard Boleslavsky” (the English spelling of his name), he began to teach Stanislavski’s ‘system’ (which, in the US, developed into Method acting) with fellow émigré Maria Ouspenskaya. In 1923, he founded the American Laboratory Theatre in New York. Among his students were Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Harold Clurman, who were all founding members of the Group Theatre (1931–1940), the first American acting ensemble to utilize Stanislavski’s techniques.
Offered a contract to direct Hollywood films, Boleslavsky made several significant films with some of the major stars of the day, until his death a few weeks short of his 48th birthday, on January 17, 1937. He is interred in the Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles.
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Boleslavsky has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
1937 The Last of Mrs Cheyney (Koniec pani Cheyney)
1936 Three Godfathers
1936 Theodora Goes Wild (Teodora robi karierę)
1936 The Garden of Allah (Ogród Allaha)
1935 O’Shaughnessy’s Boy
1935 Les Miserables (Nędznicy)
1935 Clive of India (Clive z Indii)
1934 The Painted Veil (Malowana zasłona)
1934 Operator 13 (Szpieg nr 13)
1934 Men in White (Ludzie w bieli)
1934 Hollywood Party
1934 Fugitive Lovers (Uciekinierzy)
1933 Storm at Daybreak
1933 Beauty for Sale
1932 Rasputin and the Empress (Ostatnia cesarzowa)
1931 Woman Pursued
1931 The Gay Diplomat
1930 Treasure Girl
1930 The Last of the Lone Wolf
1929 The Grand Parade
1921 The Miracle at the Wistula (Cud nad Wisłą)
1920 Bohaterstwo polskiego skauta
1918 The Bread (Chleb)
1918 Tri Vstrechi (Tri Wstreczi)
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SUNDAY, 11/19/2017 7:00 pm.
1932, 121 min, USA
WILLIAM H DANIELS
BERNARD H. HYMAN
Ethel Barrymore (Czarina Alexandra),
Lionel Barrymore (Rasputin), Ralph Morgan
(Czar Nicolas II), John Barrymore
(Prince Paul), Diana Wynyard (Princess Natasha)