Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sergei Eisenstein: Ivan The Terrible - Иван Грозный, Part 1 (1943)

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein.
Starring Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman.

Sergei Eisenstein's operatic saga of the 16th-century Russian hero Czar Ivan IV is given a charismatic performance by Nikolai Cherkasov and a brilliant score by Sergei Prokofiev. Part One deals with Czar Ivan's beginnings as the ruler of Russia, Ivan's coronation, and his marriage to Anastasia Romanovna (Lyudmila Tselikovskaya). Ivan suddenly becomes gravely ill and then mysteriously recovers. When a group of conspirators poison his wife, Ivan becomes more wary of his retainers and announces that the will of the people demands his return from Alexandrov to Moscow. Ivan endeavors to preserve his country in the face of all the internal and external conspiracies. ...


Ivan The Terrible is a two-part film about Ivan IV of Russia made by Russian director Sergei Eisenstein. Part 1 was released in 1944 but Part 2 was not released until 1958 due to political censorship. The films were originally planned as part of a trilogy, but Eisenstein died before filming of the third part could be finished.

Read Ivan the Terrible Parts I and II by Andrew Grossman in Senses of Cinema.

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