Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ivan the Terrible

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1584 of Ivan IV of Russia, the first of the Tsars. There are many colorful biographies online. There is a 2-part film based on his life directed by Sergei Eisenstein, and it is embedded here. Russia: Land of the Tsars is a sweeping documentary which places Ivan the Terrible in historical context:

part 1:

part 2:

part 3:

part 4:

The picture at the top of the post is of Ivan the Terrible and his Son Ivan by Ilya Repin.

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