IVAN THE TERRIBLE / IVAN GROZNYI
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Cast: Nikolay Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Pavel Kadochnikov
The film was created in the hardest time of war, during the evacuation. Consists of two series: the first was released in 1945, the second in 1958. For the first episode, the director and film crew received the Stalin Prize, the second was banned. The third episode of the film exists only in the script, in preparatory drawings, in working notes and several fragments captured on film.
The story of the life and madness of the most formidable Russian tsar. A monumental drama and the last film of the great Sergei Eisenstein. A picture in which two centuries were reflected at once — the 16th and 20th centuries, with all their cruelty, strangeness and beauty.
USSR, Mosfilm, TsOKS, 1944, 103 minutes