Ivan the Terrible - Pt. 2
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The second part of Sergei Eisenstein's baroque chronicle of the legendary Russian czar was originally planned as a three-part epic. But Eisenstein had battles with Russian censors over the second part of his trilogy, ostensibly because of a negative depiction of Ivan's secret police force (Stalin feared that Eisenstein was making a veiled reference to himself). Although filmed shortly after Part One in 1946, the film was suppressed and was not released until 1958. In the meantime, Eisenstein, who died in 1948, never completed his project, spending most of his time defending himself… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ivan the Terrible, Part II is hardly an entertaining film. But it is well worth the time of students of history and the cinema."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This enjoyable romp through Russian history is a visual delight."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"More controversial than Part I, it was shelved for a dozen years before the Kremlin allowed its release."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Thematically fascinating both as submerged autobiography and as a daring portrait of Stalin's paranoia, quite apart from its interest as the historical pageant it professes to be, this is one of the most distinctive great films in the history of cinema."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Eistenstein's epic masterpiece was originally released as two films, but they are best viewed together for maximum impact. They chart the bizarre history of the populist ruler and, more broadly, the crisis of representation in Stalin's Russia."
‑ , Film4
"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
"It is as if every frame was intended to be a great -- if not very realistic--painting."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"the second part works better as a film due to its variety and better pacing towards the end..."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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