"Ivan the Terrible" and Stalinist Russia: A Reexamination

@article{Thompson1977IvanTT,
  title={"Ivan the Terrible" and Stalinist Russia: A Reexamination},
  author={K. Thompson},
  journal={Cinema Journal},
  year={1977},
  volume={17},
  pages={30}
}
When Part II of Ivan the Terrible was released in the West, Dwight Macdonald wrote a review which attempted to interpret the film in terms of the circumstances in which it was made. He assumed that, "Taken on the surface, Ivan II is a parable, justifying Stalin's policies."1 He equated the Oprichniki2 with the GPU, the boyars with the kulaks, and Ivan's treacherous relatives with the "Old Bolsheviks." But, Macdonald adds, "this surface reading is-superficial. Ivan is shown becoming a… Expand
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