Russia, 1911, 445m 
Black and white, silent, fiction
Vasilisa Melentevna and Tsar Ivan Vasilevitch the Terrible
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Василиса Мелентьевна и царь Иван Васильевич Грозный


 Vassilissa Melientevna et le tsar Ivan le Terrible

 Vasilisa Mleyentyeva i tsar Ivan Vasilyevich Groznyy

Directed by : Pyotr CHARDYNIN (Пётр ЧАРДЫНИН)
Writing credits : Pyotr CHARDYNIN (Пётр ЧАРДЫНИН)
Liubov VARYAGINA (Любовь ВАРЯГИНА) ...Vasilisa Melentieva
Adolf GEORGIEVSKY (Адольф ГЕОРГИЕВСКИЙ) ...Ivan Grozny
Aleksandra GONCHAROVA (Александра ГОНЧАРОВА) ...Ivan Grozny
Pyotr CHARDYNIN (Пётр ЧАРДЫНИН) ...Prince Vorotynski
Cinematography : Vladimir SIVERSEN (Владимир СИВЕРСЕН)
Produced by : Aleksandr KHANZHONKOV (Александр ХАНЖОНКОВ)
Production : A. Khanjonkov & C°
Release date in Russia : 02/05/1911
Site : Page IMDb

Plot synopsis
We are in the days of the reign of Tsar Ivan Vassilievich the Terrible. Boyar Vorotinsky loudly expresses his dissatisfaction with the prevailing iniquity. Many, deep down, agree with the boyar, except Maliouta who hates him and dreams of taking revenge on him. By bitter words of bashing, he gets Ivan the Terrible to order him arrested. Vorotinsky will complain to the tsarina Anna, his adopted daughter. Sensitive to her complaints, the tsarina went to find Ivan the Terrible to obtain Vorotinsky's pardon. With all his suite, she implores him to forgive Vorotinsky, but the Tsar, captivated by the beautiful Vassilissa, gives an evasive answer. Vassilissa realizes the Tsar's disturbance and in her head immediately appears a diabolical plan. Using her ascendancy over her lover Kolytchev, she persuades him to poison the Czarina in order to take her place.