Eisenstein: The Sound Years

Eisenstein: The Sound Years

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Director: Sergei Eisenstein

Cast: Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Nikolai Okhlopkov

     
 
The director of some of the most important films in Russian history, Eisenstein: The Sound Years comes to DVD from Criterion Collection and features the classics Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky. Presented in 1.33:1 full frame and featuring audio rendered in Dolby Digital Mono, this disc also offers optional English subtitles. Extra features

Overview

The director of some of the most important films in Russian history, Eisenstein: The Sound Years comes to DVD from Criterion Collection and features the classics Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky. Presented in 1.33:1 full frame and featuring audio rendered in Dolby Digital Mono, this disc also offers optional English subtitles. Extra features on Ivan the Terrible include a multimedia essay on the history of Ivan the Terrible by Joan Neuberger, deleted scenes, drawings and production stills and a multimedia essay on Eisenstein's visual vocabulary by Yuri Tsivian. Extra features in Alexander Nevsky include an audio essay by film scholar David Bordwell, a multimedia essay by Russell Merritt, a reconstruction of Eisenstein's unfinished film Bezhin Meadow, drawings and production stills and a restoration demonstration.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2001
UPC:
0037429149126
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
4:52:00
Sales rank:
2,927

Special Features

Alexander Nevsky disc: New digital image transfer with restored sound; a reconstruction of the unfinished film Bezhin Meadow, with scholar Jay Leyda's photos from the set; audio essay by film scholar David Bordwell; multimedia essay on the Prokofiev-Eisentstein collaboration by Russell Merritt; sketches and storyboards; freshly translated optional English subtitles
Ivan the Terrible, parts I and II discs: New digital image transfers, with restored sound; multimedia essay by scholar Yuri Tsivian on Eisenstein's visual vocabulary; multimedia cine-historical essay by scholar Joan Neuberger; sketches and storyboards; newly translated optional English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nikolai Cherkasov Alexander Nevsky,Ivan the Terrible
Lyudmila Tselikovskaya Anastasia
Nikolai Okhlopkov Vassily Buslai
Serafima Birman Boyarina Efrosinia Staritskaya
Andrei Abrikosov Gavrilo Olexich,Philip the Metropolitan (Fyodor Kolychev)
Pavel Kadochnikov Vladimir Andreyevich Staritsky
Seraphima Birman The Boyarina Staritzkaya
Dmitri N. Orlov Ignat, Master Armourer
Mikhail A. Kuznetsov Fyodor
Pyotr Kadochnikov Vladimir Andreyevich Staritsky
Mikhail Zharov Malyuta Skuratov
V.K. Novikov Pavsha, Governor of Pskov
Amvrosiy Buchma Actor

Technical Credits
Sergei Eisenstein Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Credits [1:37]
2. Opening text [:42]
3. Coronation [7:06]
4. Challenge to the boyars [3:55]
5. Poison in the ear [1:18]
6. Ivan's wedding feast [7:27]
7. "Moscow is in flames!" [5:21]
8. The Tartar envoys [2:25]
9. Laying siege [9:45]
10. The Battle of Kazan [2:09]
11. Kurbsky and Efrosinia [3:49]
12. Ivan's deathbed [5:50]
13. "Swear allegiance to my heir... Dmitri!" [6:12]
14. "Swear allegiance to Tsar Vladimir!" [7:11]
15. A miracle [3:30]
16. Meeting of the boyars [3:22]
17. Message to Queen Elizabeth [7:44]
18. Poison in the cup [3:44]
19. Doubt [5:50]
20. An iron ring [4:32]
21. The star abandons Moscow [1:51]
22. "O Return!"/The father of us all [3:49]
0. The History Of Ivan
1. Political Oppositions [5:15]
2. Identifications [9:54]
3. Images Of Power [8:03]
4. The Masses [6:12]
5. Boyars And Oprichniki [8:16]
Side #2 --
0. Chapters
1. Credits [:46]
2. Prologue [1:52]
3. The Polish court [4:40]
4. The tsar returns to Moscow [2:55]
5. Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow [1:20]
6. Young Ivan's suffering [4:08]
7. Young Ivan takes charge [2:53]
8. The lonely tsar [3:25]
9. Malyuta, the red-headed dog [4:36]
10. The cup? The cup... [2:09]
11. Execution [2:22]
12. "I demand the tsar be humbled" [3:08]
13. The fiery furnace [8:58]
14. Suicide mission [4:32]
15. Lullaby the first [5:35]
16. A strange invitation [3:07]
17. Dance of the Oprichniki [7:24]
18. Tsar Vladimir? [9:09]
19. The cathedral [:00]
20. Lullaby the second [4:19]
21. The sword of justice [5:57]
22. End credits [:00]
0. Eisenstein's Visual Vocabulary
1. Body Memory [9:57]
2. Motifs [7:34]
3. Images On Walls [5:52]
4. Ivan The Terrible [4:20]
5. Montage Image [6:01]
Side #3 --
0. Chapters
1. Credits [:10]
2. The 13th century [2:05]
3. The Plescheevo Lake [1:33]
4. The Free City of Novgorod [8:03]
5. Debate in the town square [5:21]
6. Pskov [4:58]
7. Peryaslavl [8:19]
8. "Arise, you Russian people" [4:32]
9. Novgorod [2:27]
10. Off to hunt the Russian bear [6:38]
11. The rabbit and the fox [3:59]
12. Chudskoye Lake [3:00]
13. April 5, 1242 [4:32]
14. The battle is joined [6:19]
15. "For Russia!" [2:49]
16. German retreat [6:00]
17. Prince Alexander vs. The Master [5:32]
18. Germans overrun [1:21]
19. Death of Ignat [2:47]
20. Thin ice [:52]
21. Women and torches [3:02]
22. Pskov [9:13]
23. Court of justice [4:34]
24. Alexander the matchmaker [3:57]
25. "And now...let us celebrate" [3:38]
26. Epilogue [1:29]
0. Index
1. Introduction
2. Eisenstein's Style
3. Editing and framing
4. Nevsky as folk tale
5. Theatrical space
6. Power imagery
7. The expressive gesture
8. Elemental imagery
9. A new notion of "hero"

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Eisenstein: The Sound Years 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ivan The Terrible Parts 1 & 2 are the black and white cinematoghraphic parents to a host of films. Sergie Eisenstein, censored by Stalin, created two films with increadible compositions, Noir lighting, and actors who complained of the tortorouse positions they had to maintain. The third part was never completed as Eisenstein's health deterioriated but the first two are completely mesmerizing. The color sequence in part two, using seized Nazi color film, is quite mad.
cinemafan More than 1 year ago
Already established as a notable film-maker in the silent era, Sergei Eisenstein proved that his language for cinema evolved and encompassed a unique synergy in his films ALEXANDER NEVSKY and IVAN THE TERRIBLE, parts I and II.   Collaborating with composer Sergei Prokofiev, Eisenstein created masterpieces of world cinema (under the watchful eye of Josef Stalin) that remain fresh and thought-provoking today.Alexander Nevsky (1938), tells the story of the Russian prince who led his people against invading Teutonic Knights during the 1200's.   Ivan the Terrible, pt. I (1945) and II (1946) concerns the rise to power of Russia's first czar, Ivan IV in the 1500's.   The films were envisioned as propaganda by their supporter, Josef Stalin who withdrew approval for the release of Ivan the Terrible, pt. II after seeing too much of his own heavy-handed approach to rule in the actions of the main character.   The film was not released until 1958.In addition to the digital transfers with restored image and sound, the discs include scholarly insights on Eisenstein's work and Prokofiev's contribution to the films.