Ivan Groznyĭ

Иван Грозный = Ivan the Terrible Parts I & II - Ivan Groznyĭ

Ivan the Terrible

DVD - 2001 | Russian
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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.


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Are you intrigued by Russian history? Here’s the grand epic commissioned, but later banned, by murderous dictator Joseph Stalin. This powerful, fearsome leader identified with the film’s subject, Russian ruler Ivan IV, and approved of Part I, but was incensed by director Eisenstein’s portrayal of... Read More »

«Иван Грозный» — советский художественный фильм 1944 года, последний фильм кинорежиссёра Сергея Эйзенштейна.

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May 21, 2014

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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multcolib_russian 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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