There is not one shot in which the light doesn't scream "Power," and there isn't one shot in which the shadows don't scream "Damnation." Along with Part I, they're milestones in the history of cinema and the human path of meaningful artistic creation. Here's some nightmarish operatic bombast, exactly as the subject matter demands--a sulfurous calculation mark of evil which chews
An unfortunate victim of film censorship, projected to be the second out of a trilogy but the third never got made because of Stalin. Released 12 years after its filming and the death of both Stalin and Eisenstein. An incredible cinematic accomplishment, where we get to see Ivan’s true madness. Flamboyant followers performing a dance for the Tsar is an aesthetic we all need in our lives.
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.
Orginally thought the second installment paled next to the first but on rescreening realized its as effective as the orginal. Eisenstein's use of cinema conventions and pushing them to another level continued with many memorable camera placements, compositions and choreography. The banquet sequence in 3 strip colour processing is phenomenal as is the plotting and deceits on display. Shame the third never was shot.