Ivan the Terrible (1945) movie



In 1547, Ivan IV (1530-1584), archduke of Moscow, crowns himself Tsar of Russia and sets about reclaiming lost Russian territory. In scenes of his coronation, his wedding to Anastasia, his campaign against the Tartars in Kazan, his illness when all think he will die, recovery, campaigns in the Baltic and Crimea, self-imposed exile in Alexandrov, and the petition of Muscovites that he return, his enemies among the boyars threaten his success. Chief among them are his aunt, who wants to advance the fortunes of her son, a simpleton, and Kurbsky, a warrior prince who wants both power and the hand of Anastasia. Ivan deftly plays to the people to consolidate his power.

Ivan the Terrible (1945) movie

Genres: Biography, Drama, History
Production Co: Mosfilm

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein
Writing Credits: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Produced by Sergei M. Eisenstein
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Cinematography by Andrei Moskvin, Eduard Tisse
Film Editing by Sergei M. Eisenstein

Cast:
Nikolay Cherkasov as Czar Ivan IV
Lyudmila Tselikovskaya as Czarina Anastasia Romanovna
Serafima Birman as Boyarina Efrosinia Staritskaya
Mikhail Nazvanov as Prince Andrei Kurbsky
Mikhail Zharov as Czar’s Guard Malyuta Skuratov
Amvrosi Buchma as Czar’s Guard Aleksei Basmanov
Mikhail Kuznetsov as Fyodor Basmanov
Pavel Kadochnikov as Vladimir Andreyevich Staritsky
Andrei Abrikosov as Boyar Fyodor Kolychev
Aleksandr Mgebrov as Novgorod’s Archbishop Pimen
Maksim Mikhaylov as Archdeacon
Vladimir Balashov as Piotr Volynetz
Vsevolod Pudovkin as Nikola, Simpleton Beggar
Semyon Timoshenko as Kaspar von Oldenbock, Livonian ambassador
Aleksandr Rumnyov as The Stranger
Pavel Massalsky as Sigismond – King of Poland
Valentina Kuznetsova as Smiling Woman in the Church
Sergei Stolyarov

Additional information:
Ivan the Terrible (Russian: Иван Грозный, Ivan Grozniy) is a two-part historical epic film about Ivan IV of Russia commissioned by Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, who admired and identified himself with Ivan, to be written and directed by the filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. Part I was released in 1944; however, Part II was not released until 1958, as it was banned on the order of Stalin, who became incensed over the depiction of Ivan therein. Eisenstein had developed the scenario to require a third part to finish the story but, with the banning of Part II, filming of Part III was stopped; after Eisenstein’s death in 1948, what had been completed was destroyed.

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