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Ivan the Terrible, Part I

Country: Russia, Language: Russian, 103 mins

Original Title

Ivan Groznyy
  • Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
  • Writer: Sergei M. Eisenstein
  • Producer: Sergei M. Eisenstein

CGiii Comment

In 1547, Ivan IV (1530-1584), archduke of Moscow, crowns himself Tsar of Russia and sets about reclaiming lost Russian territory. In scenes of his coronation, his wedding to Anastasia, his campaign against the Tartars in Kazan, his illness when all think he will die, recovery, campaigns in the Baltic and Crimea, self-imposed exile in Alexandrov, and the petition of Muscovites that he return, his enemies among the boyars threaten his success. Chief among them are his aunt, who wants to advance the fortunes of her son, a simpleton, and Kurbsky, a warrior prince who wants both power and the hand of Anastasia. Ivan deftly plays to the people to consolidate his power.


Cast & Characters

Nikolay Cherkasov as Czar Ivan IV;
Lyudmila Tselikovskaya as Czarina Anastasia Romanovna;
Serafima Birman as Boyarina Efrosinia Staritskaya;
Mikhail Nazvanov as Prince Andrei Kurbsky;
Mikhail Zharov as Czar's Guard Malyuta Skuratov;
Amvrosi Buchma as Czar's Guard Aleksei Basmanov;
Mikhail Kuznetsov as Fyodor Basmanov;
Pavel Kadochnikov as Vladimir Andreyevich Staritsky;
Andrei Abrikosov as Boyar Fyodor Kolychev;
Aleksandr Mgebrov as Novgorod's Archbishop Pimen;
Maksim Mikhaylov as Archdeacon;
Vladimir Balashov as Piotr Volynetz;
Vsevolod Pudovkin as Nikola, Simpleton Beggar;
Semyon Timoshenko as Kaspar von Oldenbock, Livonian ambassador;
Aleksandr Rumnyov as The Stranger