Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)

Original Title: Иван Грозный


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Drama, History
1h 43min


Lyudmila Tselikovskaya
Czarina Anastasia Romanovna
Serafima Birman
Boyarina Efrosinia Staritskaya
Mikhail Nazvanov
Prince Andrei Kurbsky
Mikhail Zharov
Czar's Guard Malyuta Skuratov
Mikhail Kuznetsov
Fyodor Basmanov
Pavel Kadochnikov
Vladimir Andreyevich Staritsky
Andrei Abrikosov
Boyar Fyodor Kolychev
Vsevolod Pudovkin
Nikola, Simpleton Beggar


Sergei Eisenstein's final film, this is the first part of a three-part biopic of Czar Ivan Grozny, which was never completed due again to producer dissatisfaction with Eisenstein's attempts to use forbidden experimental filming techniques and excessive cost overruns. The second part was completed but not released for a decade after Eisenstein's death and a change of heart in the USSR government toward his work; the third part was only in its earliest stage of filming when shooting was stopped altogether. In this first part, set during the early part of his reign, Ivan faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people.

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