The Mosfilm studio plans to release the restored historical biopic Ivan the Terrible in August, 2014.
The classical Russian cinema masterpiece directed by Sergei Eisenstein has been digitalized in high definition, the Kultura TV channel reports. The renovated film will go on general release on its 70th anniversary.
Ivan the Terrible was the last work by the legendary Sergei Eisenstein. Its first series was released in January, 1945 and gained the Stalin Award for the film director. However, the Soviet authorities did not accept the second part of the historical film, and so the general public got access to it not before 1958.
The image of Tsar Ivan IV as created by Sergey Eisenstein became nearly axiomatic in Russian cinema, whereas the technique of sharp contrast play of light and shade turned classical.