Ivan Grozny II

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Overview

The second part of Sergei Eisenstein's baroque chronicle of the legendary Russian czar was originally planned as a three-part epic. But Eisenstein had battles with Russian censors over the second part of his trilogy, ostensibly because of a negative depiction of Ivan's secret police force Stalin feared that Eisenstein was making a veiled reference to himself. Although filmed shortly after Part One in 1946, the film was suppressed and was not released until 1958. In the meantime, Eisenstein, who died in 1948, ...
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Overview

The second part of Sergei Eisenstein's baroque chronicle of the legendary Russian czar was originally planned as a three-part epic. But Eisenstein had battles with Russian censors over the second part of his trilogy, ostensibly because of a negative depiction of Ivan's secret police force Stalin feared that Eisenstein was making a veiled reference to himself. Although filmed shortly after Part One in 1946, the film was suppressed and was not released until 1958. In the meantime, Eisenstein, who died in 1948, never completed his project, spending most of his time defending himself before Stalin and his censor boards. Part Two takes up the story of Ivan the Terrible Nikolai Cherkasov upon his return to Moscow from Alexandrov. Ivan must deal with a group of unfriendly boyars and becomes even more insulated after his mother is poisoned and an assassination plot is uncovered. The black-and-white film ends with a luminous color banquet scene.
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The second film in director Sergei Eisenstein's planned trilogy of the life of Russian czar Ivan the Terrible, Ivan Grozny II was filmed in 1946 (following the first installment), but went unreleased until 1958. The delay was due to Stalin's obvious unhappiness with the resemblance, intentional or not, between Ivan the Terrible's totalitarian ways and his own. Though parts of the third film were shot around the same time, the trilogy would never see completion; Eisenstein died in 1948. In the director's body of work, Ivan Grozny II was perhaps most significant for its two color sequences. For someone who never cared much for technological advances in film sound, Eisenstein did remarkably well incorporating color into his film. Though the sequences may seem thematically random, they fit the movie's tone and are very modern in their use of color to evoke a mood.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2000
  • UPC: 037429133736
  • Original Release: 1946
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  • Source: Homevision
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nikolai Cherkasov Ivan the Terrible
Serafima Birman Boyarina Efrosinia Staritskaya
Pavel Kadochnikov Vladimir Andreyevich Staritsky
Mikhail A. Kuznetsov Fyodor
Mikhail Zharov Malyuta Skuratov
Andrei Abrikosov Philip the Metropolitan (Fyodor Kolychev)
Amvrosiy Buchma
Alexander Mgebrov Pimen the Bishop of Novgorod
Vladimir Balashov Piotr Volynets
Alexei Buchma Czar's Guard Alexei Basmanov
Mikhail Nazvanov Prince Andrei Kubsky
Pavel Massalsky Sigismund Augustus of Poland
Erik Pyrev
Vsevolod Pudovkin
Georgi Vitsin
A. Sudakevich
Lyudmila Tselikovskaya
Ada Voitsik Yelena Glinskaya
Technical Credits
Sergei Eisenstein Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Charles Clement Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrei Moskvin Cinematographer
Sergey Prokofiev Score Composer
Isaac Shpinel Art Director, Costumes/Costume Designer
Eduard K. Tissé Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ivan the Terrible Vol I and II **** intelluctual stimulation

    Both these films, even though produced in the 1940's, contain a wealth of Russian history. While the acting is much less than what we see today, it still presents an interesting view from the standpoint of the Tsar and his followers. Being one who has an interest in the history of early Russia, I have found both volumes to be a good resource for understanding, in particular, the live of Ivan. If you look for glamour and glitz, and oscar winning performances, you won't find it in these films; what you will find is a stimulating look at the life of one of the most noted Tsars of Russia and the legacy he left to his country. I perfer old classic films and these two volumes are an absolute treasure.

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