Flim Flam and Hocus Pocus

Nothing is what it seems.

Harlequin (1980)
Also known as: Dark Forces
Director: Simon Wincer

But you already knew that, right?

The times they are a-changing.

     Come senators, Congressmen
     Please heed the call
    Don't block at the doorway
    Don't block up the hall

The movie is a little bit dated, but still remains a classic from the Australian New Wave (in the same vein as Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Last Wave from the same era).

But some stories are as old as time itself—and thus being timeless remain true for all times, regardless of the sociopolitical context of the era in which they were told. And so, as such, the specific details of this particular political intrigue are mostly incidental.

Maybe some contemporary director will find it in their heart to create a modern remake of the film.

Besides, Rasputin is such an epitomical figure...

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