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

Ivan the Terrible, Part I

(Ivan Groznyi)

  • Lecture

    Anne Nesbet is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and film and media at UC Berkeley.


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

Ivan the Terrible, Part I also screens on February 11 (with Naum Kleiman and Peter Bagrov in conversation) as part of the series Sergei Eisenstein: Films That Shook the World.

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

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

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

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