"Ivan the Terrible, Parts
I & II"
Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
timeless riches of motion picture art." The Washington Post.
Set against a 16th century backdrop, the fantastically rich decor
and intense close-ups combine with Prokofiev's choral music to make
this film one of the great achievements of Russian cinema. In part one,
Ivan Grozny, Archduke of Moscow proclaims himself Ivan IV, Czar of all
Russia, but faces treachery within his own family as his aunt plots to
replace him with her simpleton son.
Banned by Stalin
because of its controversial depiction of Ivan's secret police, this film was not released
until 1958. After the great success of Ivan the Terrible, Part I, Eisenstein
rushed to complete Part II as a continuation of the saga. Part III,
though planned, was never made. Color is used in two sequences. Part II details
Ivan's revenge on friends who had denounced him. Russian with English subtitles.
2 cassette set.