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Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion
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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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.