Ivan the Terrible

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.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2001
Edition: Full screen
ISBN: 9780780023246
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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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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Aug 13, 2015

(Movie Quote) - "You will answer for this before God!"

And, was "Ivan The Terrible" terrible movie-making? No. As a matter of fact, it wasn't.

Starting off with an incredibly freakish and super-surreal opening sequence, "Ivan The Terrible" (filmed in the mid-1940s, in 2 parts, totalling 187 minutes) is particularly notable for its position in foreign-movie history.

Directed by Sergei Eisenstein, this lavish and equally bizarre film was actually commissioned by Soviet Premier, Joseph Stalin (who admired and identified himself with the title character). (It was later, though, that Stalin condemned said-film once Eisenstein had completed Part 2)

I mean, you really have to see this wacky production for yourself to believe it. It certainly is loaded to the rafters with all sorts of hammy performances and unintentionally laughable scenes that are sure to provide some worthy moments of entertainment.

Heavy-as-lead with religious and political ideology, this film's most outstanding asset was, of course, its striking, b&w cinematography that, at times, was like witnessing a historical nightmare as seen through the collective eyes of the highly subjective Russian citizens.

Aug 01, 2015

music by Sergei Prokofiev

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.

subaru7 Apr 25, 2014

A Masterpiece!!

Three time periods interfuse in a unique historical perspectrive:
1) The Byzantine Eastern Roman Empire and its court ceremonial and intrigue.
2) The 15th century Russia of Ivan Grozny (Ivan the Awesome)
3) The paranoid, claustrophobic, distorted World War II Stalinist Russia.

As an added bonus, an insight into the lost world of 19th century dramatic technique -- especially the wonderful tableau vivant technique that still survived in "backward" Russia!


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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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