Ivan the Terrible Part I and II
Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
Don't worry, I will not make an obvious "this movie is terrible" joke. See? I am growing.
This movie is available on YouTube without any subtitles. I had recently read an article about how watching movies without subtitles enhances the experience, so I decided to go for it and watch it with my sister. This actually worked out well for this movie since it is visually stunning more than anything. Every once in awhile I would read out loud part of the synopsis from IMDb and then we would go on chattering away. It was actually pretty fun except at the end when my sister clearly wanted me to leave so she could go to bed but I wouldn't budge until the movie was done. I do it for you, readers.
This was certainly a blast from the past since we haven't seen Eisenstein since the days of old (aka silent movies). I have to admit, it was sort of like walking into an ex: please go away; I have moved on! No one can argue that this movie isn't striking visually but the acting is a bit overdone. I am not really an expert on the plot (I was convinced it was a musical for a large portion of the film) but from what I gathered, it wasn't anything amazing. Also, what was the deal with the random color scenes? I felt like I was watching Phantom of the Opera again. Eisenstein clearly is stuck in the silent age with Chaplin.
Roger Ebert wrote a great line about this movie: "liking it has become more of a duty than a pleasure." Spot on, Rog.
One of the films included in "50 Worst Films of All Time."
Took over three years to make.
Color scenes made with bi-color which is why it looked like shit.
Stalin withheld the second part because of its depiction of the madness of Ivan. Released after Stalin's death.
Try your hand at Russian! Fun for the whole family!