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Kevin M (au) wrote: They poisoned his wife. They ruined his Livonian campaign. The corrupt, contemptible boyars have all but destroyed Mother Russia from within. Ivan deploys his secret police to summarily decapitate them all, earning him peace of mind from a political standpoint, but also the scorn of the late czarina's evil sister. An assassination plot is hatched. Boyarina Staritskaya intends to place her son, a mentally deficient teenager, in Ivan's stead. There is a lengthy song and dance sequence, which suddenly switches to faded and poorly contrasting color film stock. The entire climax centers around this feast, which is also the night of the intended assassination. While this half is far more engaging and fast moving (it moves like a gust of Siberian wind), the two parts should be viewed as a whole. Due to some ballsy artistic decisions, Stalin wasn't pleased and axed the entire project. Perhaps more battle scenes would have pleased the dictator, unfortunately most of Ivan's campaigns ended in either surrenders or complete and utter defeat. Thus, this ambitious 2/3 of a masterpiece stands as a curious experiment. Eisenstein's experiments with color are intriguing but limited to some splashes of orange and a splash of blue over the face of the doomed, drunken Holy Fool. The shit quality of the stock, and as earlier, the sound, have a lot to do with it (murals in the dining hall look cool, though), but once we switch back to good old B&W, everything is just fine. Back to portentous shadows, streaks of metaphorical light, high contrast shots of beards and black robes.The fate of the all-purpose martyr/innocence symbol should come as no surprise to anyone who's read at least one Russian novel. Whether or not these palace intrigues are historically valid is beside the point: it's an efficient story done with masterful flair. Ivan does come across as a murderous, manipulative monster, his beard is perhaps his sole redeeming characteristic. There are no moral ambiguities here; every character is corrupt from the start, or gradually becomes so over the course of Ivan's ascendancy. Even a buffoon like Stalin understood this, so "Ivan, Part II" never saw the light of day until well into Kruschev's reign, 12 years after Eisenstein's untimely death.