In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in ... See full summary »
Sergei M. Eisenstein
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
Sergei M. Eisenstein
100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman decides that she can live old life no longer. Using ways of new Soviet state and industrial progress she changes life and labor of her village.
Sergei M. Eisenstein
In 1930, a group of three Russians - Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Alexandrov, and Eduard Tisse - began an ambitious film in Mexico. A year later the backers halted the project before filming was complete.
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. Written by
At the beginning of the color dancing sequence, the many dances jump and fall in front of the Tsar. At the end of this sequence, one of the falling dancers pushes the wig off the head of Vladimir, as he lays on the floor apparently in a drunken state. See more »
Czar Ivan IV:
Those who tore down the bells without Czar's permission, those by Czar's command get torn down the heads for not too long.
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The movie starts with the words: This movie is about a man who in the 16th century first united our country, about a Moscow prince, who in specific separations and self-interested prince-hoods created one powerful state, about a commander who raised the military honor of our fatherland in the east and in the west, about a leader who first took care of the solution of all these great things himself. Wreath of the czar of whole Russia. See more »
Sometimes, I wonder if I've watched the same movie as some of my fellow reviewers. I guess it all comes down to personal taste, but I'm sure there's a certain kind of snobbery involved in appreciation of movies like this; a feeling that praise must be heaped upon it because it is an acknowledged classic', from an acknowledged master' of the medium. Hey, if it's been lavished since its release with fulsome praise by a raft of highbrow critics it has to be good, right? So those endless lingering shots of actors sneering at one another like pantomime witches, or maintaining frozen expressions while casting long sidelong glances at one another aren't evidence of a director employing the outdated techniques of a form of cinema that died a decade-and-a-half before? No, no, no it's a form of stylised expressionism, the unique and brilliant technique of a deep and thoughtful artist. The actors all speak their lines as if they are making speeches? The director was making superb use of the talent at his disposal, elevating performances above the commonly accepted standard of acting in Russia at the time.
Yeah, right. Let's call a spade a spade shall we, people? This movie is a badly dated, badly acted, leaden-plotted chore to watch, with poorly identified characters and a fatal weakness in the form of Nikolai Cherkasov in the title role (just watch the death' scene to see what I mean even by this movie's standard his acting in that scene is awful). The only good things about this movie are Prokofiev's superlative score, some occasionally impressive imagery, and the highly-accomplished cinematography Eisenstein's use of light and shadow is superb.
Nevertheless, if this movie had been made by a lesser director it would have quite rightly been forgotten by now.
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