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Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944)
"Ivan Groznyy" (original title)

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During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people.

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In 1547, Ivan IV (1530-1584), archduke of Moscow, crowns himself Tsar of Russia and sets about reclaiming lost Russian territory. In scenes of his coronation, his wedding to Anastasia, his campaign against the Tartars in Kazan, his illness when all think he will die, recovery, campaigns in the Baltic and Crimea, self-imposed exile in Alexandrov, and the petition of Muscovites that he return, his enemies among the boyars threaten his success. Chief among them are his aunt, who wants to advance the fortunes of her son, a simpleton, and Kurbsky, a warrior prince who wants both power and the hand of Anastasia. Ivan deftly plays to the people to consolidate his power. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not so great, but still has grand moments
2 October 2006 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Mind it - this is a film of a genius Eisenstein that is sadly full of clear pro-Stalin sentiments. Joseph Stalin wanted a film that will show him as a symbol, as a heroic figure, but through a historical allusion, through an allegory, and thus Ivan The Terrible was made. It is obvious that Ivan the Tzar is a precise copy of Stalin of that time - cruel, wanton, merciless and straightforward. Anyway, all the political sentiments aside, the film has another big drawback - the over the place, rather exaggerated play of many actors. They goggle their eyes so funnily, they over react and over play so often that it cheapens the film's potential. Even with all this in mind, we must admit that the film is still worth the watching. It is grand, majestic, especially in the battle scene when the Russian army seizes the Tartar city of Kazan, or the deeply tragical scene of Ivan's wife's death by treacherous poisoning. The very figure of Ivan is a great plus - he is strong, wild and so openly psychotic that convinces from the word Go. Other great character is his loyal companion and main murderer Maluta Skuratov, a terrible merciless bloody tyrant, who kills in the name of, just like having some drink. The excellent inclusion of color on the scene of the Feast is such a warm surprise and such a great welcome, here we see Ivan and his team in a tranquil, peaceful mood, even though the feast song is violent and creepy. Watch it without prejudice, forget about mistakes and goofs, just enjoy the tense and dark atmosphere of this understated master work.


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