Eisenstein's epic production tells the story of one of Russia's greatest and most ruthless leaders. The first part chronicles his childhood, coronation, marriage and illness. Eisenstein juxtaposes striking imagery with a stirring score by Prokofiev.In 'Ivan The Terrible: Part 2 (The Boyars Plot)' (1958), Ivan is feeling isolated and lonely after his attempts to establish a united Russia have left him without a wife (poisoned), and the defection to the Poles of his most trusted fighter. In an effort to build bridges he appoints a monk, Philip, to be Bishop of Moscow, but his plan backfires when Philip tries to bring Ivan under the Churches influence. Ivan's response is swift and brutal, sending in his own secret police, the Oprichniks, against the Boyars. Eisenstein's complex storyline reflects the bloody events of the time, and is full of political in-fighting, family betrayal, assassinations and murder.