Inside job - Page 2

Beardo's take on Rasputin reaches deep, fishes around, and comes up perfectly weird 

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Power of suggestion: The titular character in Beardo (Ashkon Davaran) shares a thought with the effete tsar (Kevin Clarke)
PHOTO BY PAK HAN

From Rasputin to Putin, Russia's political history has been one long cabaret act in much poorer taste than anything you'll find here. But Beardo, virile and viral, is less about Russia (although it lends tacit support to the long-standing theory that the Russian Revolution was in part galvanized by Rasputin's undermining of tsarist authority) than about a crazy social hierarchy so steep and brittle, so vast in its gulf between high and low, that a single does of mayhem can become a political force "where the outside meets the inside." It's then that a little disorder is what's in order.

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