The mad monk was played by Alan Rickman in the 1996 HBO film Rasputin and by Conrad Veidt in the 1932 German film Rasputin… Rasputin died on December 30th under the modern (Gregorian) calendar, on December 17th under the old (Julian) calendar; Russia didn’t adopt the modern calendar until after the Revolution of 1917. Some sources list his death date as the 29th (or 16th) of December, on the theory that Rasputin died before midnight on the night of his murder.
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