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Tsar Ivan Groznyy

1993, regia di Gennadi Vasilyev


Scheda: Nazione: Russia - Produzione: Tiskino - Distribuzione: Nox Film, Soyuzkino - Soggetto: dal romanzo Knyaz Serebryany di Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy - Sceneggiatura: Valentin Ezhov, Gennadi Vasilyev - Fotografia: Boris Bondarenko - Musiche: Aleksei Rybnikov - Formato: Color - Durata: 137'.

Cast: Kakhi Kavsadze, Igor Talkov, Larisa Shakhvorostova, Stanislav Lyubshin, Andrei Martynov, Andrei Sokolov, Dmitri Pisarenko, Andrei Tolubeyev, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Vladimir Antonik, Yevgeni Shutov, Stefaniya Stanyuta, Petr Tatanitsky, Valeri Garkalin, Aleksandr Yakovlev, Valentin Kulik, Galiks Kolchitsky, Ivan Ryzhov, Valentina Titova.


Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: - is a fairly elaborate film about Ivan the Terrible, handled in a mainstream style. It is lacking somewhat in its direction and in some of the technical areas. It's a pity that it was not co-produced with the French, who really seem to have excelled in historical dramas in recent years. Ivan's frequent nightmares are the result of his tainted past, and these dreams make for some of the film's more interesting sequences. The worst excesses of Ivan's reign are certainly *not* shown, although there is one scene very near the end where one of Ivan's opponents is boiled in a vast cauldron, while a second is burnt at the pyre. A third is about to be impaled on a very nasty-looking greased stake when a holy fool suddenly appears, holy fools being a common feature of Russia in the Middle Ages. Is he Basil the Blessed, for whom St. Basil's in Red Square is named, and who figures prominently in the stories surrounding Ivan? I could not tell for certain. Our first glimpse of Ivan in this film shows him wearing a priest's vestments, the same way in which he was buried according to the historical record. In general, the film takes a much softer line with Ivan than it could. He is really more of an Ivan the Formidable, another possible English translation for the Russian "Grozniy".


Conosciuto anche con i titoli: Tsar Ivan the Terrible; Knyaz Serebryany.



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