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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 »

Director:

Pavel Lungin

Writers:

Aleksei Ivanov (screenplay), Pavel Lungin
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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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Goofs

On 32nd minute a herald mentioned in his announcement current year as "1566" (according to Julian Calendar), although Julian calendar was introduced in Russia only in 1700 by Peter the Great. Gregorian calendar was introduced in 1918 after the Revolution. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Prozhektorperiskhilton: Pavel Lungin (2009) See more »

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Power and thirst of holiness
15 October 2011 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

Basic story. About power and faith. About power as expression of faith. About limits, fear and selfish. Impressive fragment of Russian history, it is, in fact, a parable. With wonderful cast and impressive images. Oleg Yankovskiy in his last role. Peter Mamonov as dark side of Father Anatoli from Ostrov. And the ambition of Pavel Lungin to say never death truth.Like a diamont, this movie has many faces. So, the first contact is only a sketch. Different impressions, heavey images, a new Mamonov, a short travel in history book to remind details about central character. Then, the waters are clear. The lights and the story , the dark isles and the splendid slices are nuances of same carpet. Ivan the Terrible is a fragile sinner built in self. And the gill, protect by Holy Virgin, the jester, the metropolitan, the hysterical wife - pieces of God presence in a desert without hope.


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Official Sites:

Rezo Films [France]

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4 November 2009 (Russia) See more »

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