Ivan the Terrible
Canterbury Film Society presents a special event..... (don't forget the 8pm start!)
Ivan the Terrible Parts 1 & 2 (USSR 1944/1946)
“the acme of all historical pictures”
– Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography
“the darndest thing you ever saw” – Orson Welles, New York Post, 23/5/1945
Monday May 26, 8:00pm
One of Russia's most famous films portrays the sixteenth century Tsar'sstruggles to unite Russia and his descent into dictatorship and insanity. The film was banned by Stalin due to the parallels that director Sergei Eisenstein drew between Ivan and Stalin.
"It is a study, on a scale as ambitious as that of Shakespeare, of an ableman in whom two obsessions collide and become all but identical: love for an idea (his country’s strength) and, however discreetly suggested, love of power for its own sake." – James Agee
In two parts, B&W, 188 mins, Russian with English subtitles, Rated G.
And don't forget that the following Monday, 2 June, we won't have a screening because of the Queen's Birthday holiday.