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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.