Tsar

Tsar

119 mins | Drama, History | Nov. 4, 2009

In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly destroying anyone who gets in his way. During this reign of terror, Philip, the superior of the monastery on the Solovetsky Islands, a great scholar and Ivan's close friend, dares to oppose the sovereign's mystical tyranny. What follows is a clash between two completely opposite visions of the world, smashing morality and justice, God and men. A grand-scale film with excellent leading roles by Mamonov and Yankovsky. An allegory of Stalinist Russia

Tsar

119 mins | Drama, History | Nov. 4, 2009

Tsar
In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly destroying anyone who gets in his way. During this reign of terror, Philip, the superior of the monastery on the Solovetsky Islands, a great scholar and Ivan's close friend, dares to oppose the sovereign's mystical tyranny. What follows is a clash between two completely opposite visions of the world, smashing morality and justice, God and men. A grand-scale film with excellent leading roles by Mamonov and Yankovsky. An allegory of Stalinist Russia
IMDb rating 6.8
Producers Studio Pavla Lungina
Original title Царь
Directors Pavel Lungin
Writers Aleksei Ivanov, Pavel Lungin

Cast

Pyotr Mamonov

as Ivan The Terrible

Oleg Yankovskiy

as Metropolitanate Philipp

Alexandr Domogarov

as Aleksei Basmanov

Ivan Okhlobystin

as Vassian, the king's jester

Yuriy Kuznetsov

as Malyuta Skuratov

Aleksey Makarov

as governor Kolychev

Aleksandr Ilin

as Fedka Basmanov

Ville Haapasalo

as Heinrich Staden

Alexey Frandetti

as Kai-Bulat

Ramilya Iskander

as Mariya Temryukovna

Sergey Garmash

as narrator