Ivan the Terrible, Part One (1944)

Cautiously Recommended
Soviet Union
Feature Film
Original Title: Иван Грозный I
Writer/Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Cinematographers: Andrei Moskvin, Eduard Tisse
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Cast: Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov, Mikhail Zharov, Amvrosi Buchma, Mikhail Kuznetsov, Pavel Kadochnikov, Andrei Abrikosov

Whilst the newly crowned Tsar Ivan IV strives to spread the Russian empire through a series of wars, the boyars, who are opposed to his rule, contrive to undermine his every move, in Eisenstein’s slightly staid biopic, which – despite intermittent moments of brilliance, typified by the incredible image above – lacks any of the prolonged scenes of action by which he made his name. Iain.Stott