Ivan the Terrible

DVD - 2001 - Russian
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Ivan the Terrible
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.

Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2001
Edition: Full screen
ISBN: 078002334X
Branch Call Number: DVD RUSSIAN Drama IVAN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (184 min.) :,sd., b&w with col. sequence at end ;,4 3/4 in


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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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Nov 13, 2013

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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