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Tsar (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 4 November 2009 (Russia)
In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last ... See full summary »

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Pavel Lungin

Writers:

Aleksey Ivanov (screenplay) (as Aleksei Ivanov), Pavel Lungin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pyotr Mamonov ... Ivan The Terrible
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Metropolitanate Philipp
Ramilya Iskander Ramilya Iskander ... Mariya Temryukovna
Anastasiya Dontsova Anastasiya Dontsova ... Masha
Aleksandr Domogarov ... Aleksei Basmanov
Aleksandr Ilin ... Fedka Basmanov
Ville Haapasalo ... Heinrich Staden (as Ville Khaapasalo)
Aleksey Frandetti Aleksey Frandetti ... Kai-Bulat
Ivan Okhlobystin ... Vassian
Yuriy Kuznetsov ... Malyuta Skuratov
Aleksey Makarov ... General Kolychev
Andrey Bronnikov Andrey Bronnikov ... Ilidor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aleksandr Lobanov Aleksandr Lobanov ... Mitka Pleshcheev
Aleksandr Makarov Aleksandr Makarov ... Voevoda Buturlin
Artyom Mazunov
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In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly destroying anyone who gets in his way. During this reign of terror, Philip, the superior of the monastery on the Solovetsky Islands, a great scholar and Ivan's close friend, dares to oppose the sovereign's mystical tyranny. What follows is a clash between two completely opposite visions of the world, smashing morality and justice, God and men. A grand-scale film with excellent leading roles by Mamonov and Yankovsky. An allegory of Stalinist Russia. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Drama | History

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Official Sites:

Rezo Films [France]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

4 November 2009 (Russia) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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maybe, more than a film
11 October 2015 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

more than a film. it is a form of visual essay about power and religion, about solitude and about the roots, laws and vision of tyranny. it is a fight against Russia's history. a parable. portrait not of Ivan Vasilievich but for a manner, an usual manner of East to use the authority with high force and profound fear. Pyotr Mamonov gives a strange, cold, unpredictable, vulnerable Ivan. a Tsar looking for himself, lost in good intentions and noble projects. but, maybe, the hero is Philip. the voice of Church and good sense. the voice of conscience in a dark circle of confusion. the Metropolit is a splendid role. the last for great Oleg Ynkovsky and that status impose a special status to it. more than a film. maybe, useful subject for reflection. about power. in our time. in each period of history.


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