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Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958) Poster

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This film was withheld by Soviet authorities by order of Joseph Stalin, since this film, dealing with Ivan's slide into madness and the tyranny of the Oprichnina, did not properly mythologize Ivan IV Grozny to Stalin's satisfaction. It was not finally released until 10 years after the deaths of director Sergei M. Eisenstein and Stalin.
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Filming began in 1946 and ended in 1949, but the film was not released until 1958.
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The film features two color sequences, Ivan eating dinner with feeble-minded Vladimir while the "oprichniki" dance and sing for them and a final shot of Ivan denouncing all enemies of Russia's indepedence and unity.
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The color sequences were filmed using Bi-Color, an early experimental form of color film that has only blue and red shades, producing a vividly abstract effect.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Originally conceived as a trilogy, the third part was canned after Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin let it be known that he hated Part II.
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Sergei M. Eisenstein suffered a severe heart attack during filming on 2 February 1946, and spent much of the following year recovering in hospital.
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One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and How They Got That Way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell.
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Premiered in the United States at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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The camera stock used to film the color sequences was actually Agfacolor which had been captured in Soviet occupied Germany.
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This was included in Mosfilm's ongoing restoration project. The major restoration work on this film was completed in 1987.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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This film is included in "Eisenstein: The Sound Years", which is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #86.
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