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Ivan the Terrible

(DVD - 2001 - Russian)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Part I starts with the coronation of Ivan the Terrible and concludes with his return to power after the death of his wife. Part II covers the attempt to assassinate him in 1564. The third part of the saga was never made due to the death of Eisenstein.
Title: Ivan the Terrible
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2001
Edition: Full screen
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (184 min.) :,sd., b&w with col. sequence at end ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Mosfilm Studio
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
"Janus Films."
Special features include: Multimedia essay on the history of Ivan the Terrible by Joan Neuberger ; multimedia essay on Eisenstein's visual vocabulary by Yuri Tsivian ; deleted scenes ; drawings and production stills ; new english subtitle translation
Originally released as a motion picture in 1944 (Part I) and 1946 (Part II)
Contents: pt. I. Ivan Groznyi
pt. II. Boyars' plot
Summary: Part I starts with the coronation of Ivan the Terrible and concludes with his return to power after the death of his wife. Part II covers the attempt to assassinate him in 1564. The third part of the saga was never made due to the death of Eisenstein.
ISBN: 0780023242
078002334X
Branch Call Number: DVD RUSSIAN Drama IVAN
Credits: Director and script, Sergei Eisenstein ; camera, Andrei Moskvin, Edward Tisse ; music, Sergei Prokofiev.
Performers: Nikolai Cherkasov, Ludmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Piotr Kadochnikov.
System Details: DVD; 1.33:1 aspect ratio
Other Language: Russian language sountrack (mono) with optional English subtitles
Subject Headings: Russia History Ivan IV, 1533-1584 Drama Ivan IV, Czar of Russia, 1530-1584 Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Historical films
Topical Term: Russian language edition
Publisher No: IVA090 Criterion Collection
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«Иван Грозный» — советский художественный фильм 1944 года, последний фильм кинорежиссёра Сергея Эйзенштейна.


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May 21, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sergei Eistenstiein (1898-1948) is still Russia's greatest and most influential filmmaker and film theorist. "Battleship Potemkin" is required viewing for any self-respecting cinephile and his use of montage in other Soviet propaganda films like "Strike" and "October" was groundbreaking. Running dog capitalists might have trouble getting past the political content of his films, but like any great artist, his talent transcended ideology. His final film, about the tyrant czar, was initially praised, then condemned by Stalin, who may have identified with Ivan, but clearly did not appreciate Ivan's descent into paranoia, despotism and madness.
The second part (it was initially planned as a trilogy) did not even come out until after Eisenstein's death. "Ivan" is his most bizarre and stylized film, with echoes of German Expressionism and Sternberg's baroque "Scarlet Empress. Favoring dramatic sets and lighting, theatrical acting and a tone both over the top and ironic, this is an immersive viewing experience that is like little else. Don't go into this expecting realism; J. Hoberman called it "mutant kabuki." There are a few color sequences that are eccentric and lurid. Music by Prokofiev.

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Это фильм о человеке, который в XVI столетии впервые объединил нашу страну и из отдельных разобщенных и своекорыстных княжеств создал единое мощное государство, о государе, впервые возложившем на себя венец Царя Всея Руси, об одной из самых сложных, мощных и противоречивых личностей, — о царе Иоанне Васильевиче, вошедшем в историю под именем Грозный.

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