The film "Rasputin" chronicles the last two years of Rasputin's controversial life from 1914-1916, focusing on his close relationship with Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, when he won the royal couple's confidences by treating their haemophiliac son Alexei.

Rasputin, often referred to as "the mad monk" was famous for the huge influence he wielded over Russia's last royal family, for his debauched lifestyle, and for the elaborate manner in which he was murdered. Some critics claim he helped bring about the monarchy's downfall by discrediting them.