Ivan the Terrible, Part II Ivan the Terrible, Part II

Ivan the Terrible, Part II

Sergei Eisenstein

 
  • Soviet Union
  • 1958
  • 88 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Russian
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  • Spine #88

Navigating the deadly waters of Stalinist politics, Eisenstein was able to film two parts of his planned trilogy about the troubled sixteenth-century tsar who united Russia. Visually stunning and powerfully acted, Ivan the Terrible charts the rise to power and descent into terror of this veritable dictator. Though pleased with the first installment, Stalin detested the portrait in the second film—with its summary executions and secret police—and promptly banned it.

Cast

Ivan the TerribleNikolai Cherkasov
Boyarina Efrosinia StaritskayaSerafima Birman
Vladimir Andreyevich StaritskyPavel Kadochnikov
Malyuta SkuratovMikhail Zharov
Alexei BasmanovAmvrosi Buchma

Credits

DirectorSergei Eisenstein
Written and directed bySergei Eisenstein
ScreenplaySergei Eisenstein
ProducerSergei Eisenstein
CinematographyAndrei Moskvin and Eduard Tisse
EditingEleonora Praksina and Esfir Tobak
Original music bySergei Prokofiev
LyricistVladimir Lugovskoi
Production designIssac Shpinel
Costume designM. Safonova

Disc Features

  • Multimedia essay on Eisenstein’s visual vocabulary by Yuri Tsivian, art history professor at the University of Chicago
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Film Essays

Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II

By J. Hoberman April 23, 2001

A majestic synthesis of disparate forms, Sergei Eisenstein’s final film seems to be as much a ballet or an opera or a moving painting (or a mutant kabuki show) as it is a movie. As elaborately . . . Read more »

Dispatches


Film Essays

Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II

By J. Hoberman April 23, 2001

A majestic synthesis of disparate forms, Sergei Eisenstein’s final film seems to be as much a ballet or an opera or a moving painting (or a mutant kabuki show) as it is a movie. As elaborately . . . Read more »