Ivan the Terrible, Part I (Ivan Grozniy)
Ivan the Terrible, Part I (Ivan Grozniy) (1944)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 30, 1944
DVD Release Date: October 28, 1998
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle

Brilliant, innovative film still holds up today.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Hilarious six by the master comedian.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Eisenstein's 'Ivan' is a magnificence of parts, four-fifths of it a visual wonder beyond the man himself.

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Mark R. Leeper

You won't learn much history but you will be able to tell people you've seen it.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Rich cornucopia of Fieldsiana.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The historical melodramatic biopic is wonderful to behold visually and for its camp.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=red]Sergei Eisenstein made a two part epic about Ivan the Terrible in the 1940's in the USSR. Both films are good and… More
Emily B.
Visually stunning.
Cameron Johnson
Hey, I don't know about terrible; this film is just fine. Man, I can't even crack a lame joke, because this is a 1940s foreign language period piece… More
Simeon Deutsch
Beginning on a severely melodramatic note and ending on a powerful one, as if in a crescendo; dense, detailed, and rich set-pieces and costumes; Sergei… More