Visually stunning and powerfully acted, Ivan the Terrible charts the rise to power and descent into terror of this veritable dictator. Finished in 1946, it was banned by Stalin because it depicted state terrorism at the hands of a mad Ivan. Not released until 1958, 10 years after Eisenstein’s death.
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It's a shame Eisenstein never got to master camera movement. Nonetheless this is a piece of art which was unfortunately raped by the Stalin dictatorship. I am glad to see it restored. The things that stood out to me were the ending, the colored scenes and of course the casting of Ivan. That is one scary dude! It's a shame Eisenstein couldn't outlive Stalin and give us a few more.
Part II when compared to the first comes off a bit boring and talky, and Eisenstein's strength wasn't in dialogue. The finale is amazing, and the color banquet is extravagant, but awkwardly shot and just sort of placed there. The schizophrenia just goes way too unchecked at the end of this one, and rather than hypnotic it's a tad obnoxious. I just wish Eisenstein had lived to complete his trilogy.
If the second part of Ivan the Terrible is not as brilliant as the first part, there are however in this film scenes worthy to stay in the annals of Cinema: Ivan's banquet in color, the monk's processions in the cathedral, the scenes between Efrosinia and her son Vladimir. Highly recommended.
I liked part 2 much than 1. All the action are here.
I thought I have a bad copy of 2 because it shifted from colored then black and white the colored again... hahahaha, Good thing I read articles first before commenting here..
Eisenstein's last film made in 1948, banned until 1958, is one of the finest works of cinema. I have explained in my attached link why it is so great, and how great filmmakers such as Kubrick and Zvyagintsev have taken a leaf or two from this great work. My full review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2015/10/185-sovietrussian-maestro-sergei.html