Ivan the Terrible (Ivan Grozny), Part 1

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Ivan the Terrible (Ivan Grozny), Part 1

  • 1944 ----- b & w ----- 96 min ----- 16mm
  • (Directed by Sergei Eisenstein, music by Sergei Prokofiev; with Nikolai Cherkassov, Ludmila Tselikovskaya) Opens with the coronation of Ivan, first Grand Duke of Moscow named absolute ruler of all the Russias. The boyars, led by Ivan's aunt, Yefrosinya, and the foreign envoys plot against him as he announces that his chief goal will be to unify all Russian lands seized by foreign powers and leads a successful military campaign against the Tartar city of Kazan. Yefrosinya poisons the Czar's wife, Anastasia, and Ivan's mind snaps. Vowing to destroy all of his enemies, Ivan retires to the village of Alexandrovsky to await the call of the Russian People. (In Russian with English subtitles)
  • Topics: (History: Russian, East European and Central Asian, Motion Pictures: Features, Slavic Languages and Literature)