Sergei Eisenstein

Ivan the Terrible, Part II

Ivan the Terrible, Part II

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.

Film Info

  • Sergei Eisenstein
  • Soviet Union
  • 1958
  • 88 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Russian
  • Spine #88

Special 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

Available In

Collector's Set

Eisenstein: The Sound Years

Eisenstein: The Sound Years

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Out Of Print

Collector's Set

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

DVD Box Set

50 Discs

$650.00

Special 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
Ivan the Terrible, Part II
Cast
Nikolai Cherkasov
Ivan the Terrible
Serafima Birman
Boyarina Efrosinia Staritskaya
Pavel Kadochnikov
Vladimir Andreyevich Staritsky
Mikhail Zharov
Malyuta Skuratov
Amvrosi Buchma
Alexei Basmanov
Credits
Director
Sergei Eisenstein
Written and directed by
Sergei Eisenstein
Screenplay
Sergei Eisenstein
Producer
Sergei Eisenstein
Cinematography
Andrei Moskvin
Cinematography
Eduard Tisse
Editing
Eleonora Praksina
Editing
Esfir Tobak
Original music by
Sergei Prokofiev
Lyricist
Vladimir Lugovskoi
Production design
Issac Shpinel
Costume design
M. Safonova

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