Ivan the Terrible, Part II (Ivan Grozniy: Skaz Vmroy - Boyarskiy Zagovor)
Ivan the Terrible, Part II (Ivan Grozniy: Skaz Vmroy - Boyarskiy Zagovor) (1959)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 24, 1959
DVD Release Date: October 28, 1998
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Variety Staff

Ivan the Terrible, Part II is hardly an entertaining film. But it is well worth the time of students of history and the cinema.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This enjoyable romp through Russian history is a visual delight.

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TV Guide

More controversial than Part I, it was shelved for a dozen years before the Kremlin allowed its release.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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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.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

A brilliant cinematic work that was a thinly veiled portrait of not only Stalinism at its worst, but also the failed Bolshevik Revolution.

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Mark R. Leeper

It is as if every frame was intended to be a great -- if not very realistic--painting.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

the second part works better as a film due to its variety and better pacing towards the end...

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Sigur
Maybe I need to see the first one.
Simeon Deutsch
Unlike the first half of Eisenstein's two part biopic of Ivan the Terrible, this one can't really stand as its own film. It begins with a little… More
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
Cameron Johnson
Part two of the epic saga begins and, well, it's actually even shorter than its 100-minute, "epic" predecessor. So yeah, these films aren't… More