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

Ivan the Terrible, Part II

(Ivan Groznyi)
(Boyarskii zagovor), (The Boyars' Plot), (The Revolt of the Boyars)

  • Lecture

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


Nikolai Cherkasov, Serafina Birman, Pavel Kadochnikov, Mikhail Zharov,

The second part of Eisenstein’s unfinished trilogy is mainly concerned with Ivan’s return to the throne and his ruthless opposition to the schemes of the boyars to keep Russia divided among its princes and foreign interests. Stalin took a particular dislike to the portrayal of the Czar’s secret police, and the film was banned; finished in 1946, Part II was not released until 1958. It contains a lovely flashback to Ivan’s childhood; a meditation on the loneliness of the Czar; a marvelous set piece setting up the usurper Vladimir for assassination; and a Brechtian operatic interlude that is Eisenstein’s one and only experiment in the two-color process. This print includes a few minutes of test footage from the unfinished Part III.

  • Sergei Eisenstein
  • Eduard Tissé
  • Andrei Moskvin
  • Russian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W/Color
  • 35mm
  • 90 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

Ivan the terrible, part II (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1969

[Ivan the terrible] (review), Film Comment, Evelyn Gerstein, 1968

Ivan the terrible - Part I & II (program note), U.S.S.R. Film Festival, Charles III Stromeyer, 1967

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

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

The new pictures : Ivan the terrible : part 2 : The revolt of the Boyars (review), 1959

Ivan the terrible part two (article), Sight and Sound, B. D. Garga, 1958

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