Ivan Groznyy (Ivan the Terrible, Part One)
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Ivan Groznyy (Ivan the Terrible, Part One)
Sergei Eisenstein's operatic saga of the 16th-century Russian hero Czar Ivan IV is given a charismatic performance by Nikolai Cherkasov and a brilliant score by Sergei Prokofiev. Part One deals with Czar Ivan's beginnings as the ruler of Russia, Ivan's coronation, and his marriage to Anastasia Romanovna (Lyudmila Tselikovskaya). Ivan suddenly becomes gravely ill and then mysteriously recovers. When a group of conspirators poison his wife, Ivan becomes more wary of his retainers and announces that the will of the people demands his return from Alexandrov to Moscow. Ivan endeavors to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is one of the most distinctive great films in the history of cinema -- freakishly mannerist, yet so vivid in its obsessions and expressionist angularity that it virtually invents its own genre."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Brilliant, innovative film still holds up today."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Hilarious six by the master comedian."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A brilliant cinematic work that was a thinly veiled portrait of not only Stalinism at its worst, but also the failed Bolshevik Revolution."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Eisenstein's 'Ivan' is a magnificence of parts, four-fifths of it a visual wonder beyond the man himself."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"You won't learn much history but you will be able to tell people you've seen it."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Rich cornucopia of Fieldsiana."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Most revealing as an unintended allegory for Russian rulers' continuing will, in their aspiration for absolutism, to lead a powerful and menacing empire, regardless of those people far below who get crushed by an iron fist."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The historical melodramatic biopic is wonderful to behold visually and for its camp."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Under strict instructions not to employ conceptual devices such as montage, Eisenstein still manages to provide powerful images and, with set pieces, distil the sense of pomp and circumstance surrounding the Tsar."
‑ , Film4
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