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Ivan the Terrible, Part II

Ivan Groznyy II: Boyarsky zagovor

Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
Soviet Union, 1958
Drama, Biography, History


Eisenstein’s unfinished trilogy charts the rise to power and descent into terror of the dictatorial 16th century tsar. The second part depicts Ivan’s return to the throne and his ruthless opposition to the schemes of the boyars to keep Russia divided among its princes and foreign interests.

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Ivan the Terrible, Part II Directed by Sergei Eisenstein

Critics reviews

Eisenstein’s final, and greatest, statement as a filmmaker was this two-part historical allegory in which one of the great Soviet propagandists crafted an obvious metaphor for Stalin’s reign of terror… The sheer kineticism of the films anticipates action cinema of the ’80s and beyond more than it does the prestige biopic.
June 05, 2015
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By presenting an ostensibly nationalistic pageant in such Meyerholdian terms – and by paradoxically framing this highly theatrical artifice mostly in cinematic close-ups, no less – Eisenstein has his sly revenge on the Stalinists, fulfilling the jingoistic dictates of socialist realism in terms that really defy any reasonable definition of “realism”.
March 13, 2011
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Ivan remains a fragmented, unfinished work — Eisenstein died before he could realize Part III, and Part II was suppressed for over a decade. nevertheless, its awesome visuals make it in some respects the most impressive of his films, as well as the most personal… Epic and operatic in its extreme stylization, it is one of the film world’s most artistic creations…
September 01, 1985
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