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Ivan The Terrible 1
     

Ivan The Terrible 1

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Director: Sergei Eisenstein, Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Seraphima Birman

Cast: Sergei Eisenstein, Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Seraphima Birman

 
The first installment of Sergei Eisenstein's epic two-part biography of the notorious 16th Century Tsar arrives on DVD in this edition. Ivan the Terrible, Part 1 has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio is mastered in PCM Mono. The soundtrack is presented in the original Russian with optional English language

Overview

The first installment of Sergei Eisenstein's epic two-part biography of the notorious 16th Century Tsar arrives on DVD in this edition. Ivan the Terrible, Part 1 has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio is mastered in PCM Mono. The soundtrack is presented in the original Russian with optional English language subtitles.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/1998
UPC:
0014381457728
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Chapter index

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nikolai Cherkasov Ivan the Terrible
Lyudmila Tselikovskaya Anastasia
Seraphima Birman The Boyarina Staritzkaya
Pyotr Kadochnikov Vladimir Andreyevich Staritsky
Amvrosiy Buchma Actor
Vsevolod Pudovkin Nikola, a Simple Beggar
Mikhail A. Kuznetsov Actor
Mikhail Nazvanov Actor
Andrei Abrikosov Fyodor Kolychev
Alexei Buchma Alexei Basmanov, the Czar's Guard
Pavel Massalsky Actor
Alexander Mgebrov Novgorod's Archbishop Pimen
Nakolai Nazvanov Prince Andrei Kurbsky
Ada Voitsik Yelena Glinskaya

Technical Credits
Sergei Eisenstein Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Andrei Moskvin Cinematographer
Sergey Prokofiev Score Composer
Isaac Shpinel Production Designer
Eduard K. Tissé Cinematographer

Scene Index

Chapter Listings
0. Chapter Listings
1. Main Title/Tsar of All Russia [14:29]
2. Sweetening the Wine [5:20]
3. A Sign of Ill Omen [7:26]
4. Envoys from Kazan [2:26]
5. Preparing for Battle [9:43]
6. War [2:09]
7. The Tsar's Deathbed [9:42]
8. "You Will Be Eternally Damned!" [5:47]
9. Who Will Reign? [7:31]
10. Back from the Grave [3:29]
11. "We Must Curb the Tsar" [3:22]
12. Ivan Stands Alone [6:28]
13. A Deadly Drink [4:58]
14. Only the Strong [10:20]
15. The People's Choice [5:52]

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Ivan The Terrible 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Ivan the Terrible marks the final stages of the cinemas greatest creative genius: SERGI EISENSTEIN. It is the work of a director, a supreme artist who never ceased in probing new boundires, striking out uncharted paths, and searching the outer limits of his art. In the work, Eisentstein has gone eons beyond his earlier methods of film creation and for the first time approaches a true synthesis of dance, music, poetry, painting, architecture, and all other forms of esthetic communication. The trials and tribulations surrounding the production and distribution of Ivan have become legendary in there own right. The film drew sharp criticism from Stalin and Eisenstein was forced to publicly announce his ''formalist errors.'' Subsequently, the film was banned in Russia until 1958 and Eisentein was ostrisized for what many saw as a film full of ''excess.'' It took many years before the world would come to realize it is nothing short of his greatest masterpiece. A true cinematic realization of the ever elusive ''total work of art.'' A concept that originated with the Ancient Greeks and was further formulated by Richard Wagner in his epic masterwork, ''THE RING CYCLE.'' The Gestanmueack or ''intragel work of art'' as Wagner called it was in essence the synthesizing of every artistic medium into a single polyphonic experience. In the 20th century Eisenstein saw Wagner's music dramas as predessors of cinema; a cinema that synthesized elements of all of mankind's arts into a single majestic, visceral and emotional experience which could transform and transfix the spectator. Together with the world renowned composer, master Sergi Prokofiev, and his lifelong cinematographer Eduard Tisse, Eisentstein labored for years researching and planning out every camera angle, lighting scheme, musical note, costume, color palette, gesture, and perspective; until every scene in Ivan becomes an intricate and complex world of its own. A world where actors twist and bend their forms to the limits of the plastic frame, shadows conceal and light reveals, the musical notes flow with the rhythm and tempo of the visual image and in the famous banquet scene, colors are used by Eisenstein to delve into the psychological states of the character's mind and state of being. It becomes a universe composed so precisely and diligently that every frame is infused with hidden metaphorical and symbolic meanings, and serves to create the epitome of cinematic achievement. Tragically, like Schubert's great ''Unfinished Symphony'' or the Venus di Milo, Eisenstein passed away before completing the final part of his epic masterwork. What remains of Ivan the Terrible will live forever as a testament not only to the genius of Sergi Eisenstein but also to his unparrelled contribution to the world culture of the 20th century.