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Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion

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Eisenstein's last, unfinished masterpiece is a strange, complex and haunting film. Commissioned personally by Stalin in 1941, Ivan the Terrible placed Eisenstein in the paradoxical situation of having to glorify Stalinist tyranny in the image of Ivan without sacrificing his own artistic and political integrity--or his life. Drawing on sources that include Eisenstein's pers ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 13th 2003 by I. B. Tauris (first published December 4th 1999)
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Oct 30, 2008 Eric rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those new to Eisenstein studies
This would serve as a good introduction to Eisenstein and/or the film, although it's a little light on any thorough discussion of his theory. There's not much here that Kristin Thompson or many other Eisenstein scholars haven't already said, but it is fairly accessible without being simplistic.
Nov 07, 2011 Lesley rated it really liked it
Great to read while watching the movie. The movie is very esoteric, and the artistry rich. This is an excellent perspective of the complex film by Eisenstein. The movie can never be fully understood but less so without this helpful tool.
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