Ivan IV, Czar of Russia, 1533-1584 -- Drama, Soviet Union -- History -- Ivan IV, 1533-1584 -- Drama

Ivan the Terrible, Part I

(Ivan Groznyi)

  • In Person

    Peter Bagrov is a film historian, curator, and archivist specializing in early Russian and Soviet cinema. He currently serves as vice president of the International Federation of Film Archives and until recently was the senior curator at Gosfilmofond of Russia. Note: Bagrov will be present at the February 11 screening only.


Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafina Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov,

Like Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible is a collaboration with “that magician Sergei Prokofiev,” as Eisenstein called him; it has a strange magic bordering on sorcery. Filmed under difficult wartime conditions, it is set in sixteenth-century Moscow, where the newly crowned Czar Ivan attempts to thwart both the boyars (the feudal nobility) and the hold of the church to create a unified Russia. Set mostly in cave-like cathedral interiors with frescoed walls, the film itself is like a fresco come to life in painterly long shots and tortured close-ups. Part I follows Ivan from his coronation to his voluntary exile to Alexandrov to await his people’s summons.

  • Sergei Eisenstein
  • Eduard Tissé
  • Andrei Moskvin
  • Russian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 96 mins
  • Janus Films

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Scenes from Ivan the terrible (program note), New York Philharmonic, 1995

Ivan the terrible (program note), Wellington Film Festival, 1994

[Ivan the terrible] (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1993

Sergei Eisenstein (article), American Film Institute, 1981

Sergiusz Eisenstein - artysta i mysliciel (booklet), Filmoteka Polska, 1979

Ivan the terrible part I : Global strategy and Anastasia's funeral (study guide), Macmillan Films, Mary Peatman, 1975

Ivan the terrible (program note), 1965

S.M. Eisenstein (booklet), Premier Plan, 1962

Kino -- excerpt (book excerpt), George Allen & Unwin, Jay Leyda, 1960

Film epic 'Ivan' not for the '60s (review), Oakland Tribune, Theresa Loeb Cone, 1960

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