Ivan The Terrible, Part Two
Sometimes known as “The Boyars' Plot,” this second part of Eisenstein's unfinished trilogy is mainly concerned with Ivan's ruthless return to the throne and his opposition to the schemes of the Boyars. Even richer than Part One in its plastic fusion of all the arts, it culminates in great set-pieces like the assassination of the usurper Vladimir and Ivan's subsequent triumphant reappearance, set to Prokofiev's resplendent, ever-memorable score. Part Two also includes a short color sequence which has never really been “seen” in this country, given the generations-removed quality of the prints distributed here. This unique print, taken from the original negative in Moscow, stunningly conveys exactly what Eisenstein was up to in his one and only experiment in a two-color process.