Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot (1958)

Original Title: Иван Грозный. Сказ второй: Боярский заговор

Drama, History
1h 26min


Serafima Birman
Boyarina Efrosinia Staritskaya
Pavel Kadochnikov
Vladimir Andreyevich Staritsky
Mikhail Zharov
Czar's Guard Malyuta Skuratov
Vsevolod Pudovkin
Nikolay the Fanatic
Mikhail Kuznetsov
Fyodor Basmanov
Andrei Abrikosov
Archbishop Philip
Mikhail Nazvanov
Prince Andrei Kurbsky
Pavel Massalsky
King Sigismund of Poland
Ada Vojtsik
Elena Glinskaya, Ivan's Mother
Eric Pyryev
Czar Ivan (childhood)
Alexander Mgebrov
Pimen, Archbishop of Novgorod
Vladimir Balashov
Pyotr the Volynets


This is the second part of a projected three-part epic biopic of Russian Czar Ivan Grozny, undertaken by Soviet film-maker Sergei Eisenstein at the behest of Josef Stalin. Production of the epic was stopped before the third part could be filmed, due to producer dissatisfaction with Eisenstein's introducing forbidden experimental filming techniques into the material, more evident in this part than the first part. As it was, this second part was banned from showings until after the deaths of both Eisenstein and Stalin, and a change of attitude by the subsequent heads of the Soviet government. In this part, as Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate him.

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