Ivan the Terrible, a Screenplay

Ivan the Terrible, a Screenplay

Ivan the Terrible, a Screenplay

Ivan the Terrible, a Screenplay

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The screenplay of Ivan the Terrible was first published in 1943. At that time, as is clear from his arrangement of the text, Eisenstein planned to make the film in two parts.

The parts of the film were not made successively. They overlapped in the making, and sequences of both mingled in the floor schedule at Alma-Ata film studios. Part One, however, was finished first, at the end of 1944. It was released at once, and it won applause from the Soviet government and public. The author-director was decorated with the Order of Lenin.

With intensification of actual work the material had developed. At some point, Eisenstein decided to split what had originally been--and is still, of course, in the screenplay printed here--Part Two and to issue nearly the first half of it as a separate section ("Tale Two"--The Boyars' Plot), leaving the remainder, the later sequences, to form a third part. This second film, however, ready in 1946, was not well received by the authorities. A scathing comment on it was made in a Party decision published about another film, and the result was that "Tale Two" did not reach the public until thirteen years later.

Eisenstein was seriously ill in 1947. At the time of his death in 2948 he was working on the completion of the final section. He died of heart failure at the desk of the library in his home in Potilikha, the Moscow film suburb.

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