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Ivan The Terrible (parts One And Two)

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  Ivan The Terrible (parts One And Two) Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
8.07 /10
Nikolai Cherkassov , Ludmilla Tselikovskaya, Serafina Birman
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Directed by: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Written by: Sergei Eisenstein

Released: 1946
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: USSR
Length: 188


Life and times of a Czar (Nikolai Cherkassov).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Eisenstein shot this film without a script, and it shows more clearly than any other "classic" the limitations of the auteur theory. Though pictorially splendid, the film's a mess - clumsily acted and edited, with a narrative that is excruciatingly slow. Part II, which deals with attempts to unseat the great dictator, was suppressed until three years after the death of Josef Stalin; and Eisenstein never got round to his threatened Part III. Still, Prokofiev's score is fab.

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