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The Fall of the Romanoffs(1918)

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This film was shot at the Herbert Brenon Film Corp. studios in Hudson Heights, NJ. The film had its premiere in New York on September 23, 1917, but did not go into general release until January 1918. First National Exhibitors' Circuit secured the distribution rights in late February or early March 1918. Between the film's first showing in New York and its release by First National in March 1918, Iliodor Pictures Corp. added new scenes to reflect the more recent developments in the Russian situation. One new scene included an appearance by Charles Edward Russell, a writer on political economic theory and a socialist member of the American (Root) Commission before the Russian Duma. Iliodor, known as the "Mad Monk," actually lived during the period of the Russian Revolution and served as confidant to the Czar and Czarina. According to a New York Times news item, William A. Brady, whose production company, the World Film Corp. also made a film in 1917 about Rasputin called Rasputin, the Black Monk (see listing below), and Herbert Brenon got into a fist fight after a pre-release screening in New York on September 6, 1917. The fight was reportedly broken up by Adolph Zukor. A pre-release title of the film was The Downfall of the Romanoffs. In addition to Rasputin, the Black Monk, other films about Rasputin include Rasputin and the Empress (1933, M-G-M), starring John, Ethel and Lionel Barrymore, and Rasputin-The Mad Monk (1966, 20th Century-Fox), starring Christopher Lee.