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In 1564, Ivan suddenly changed his methods of ruling and moved his family to his estate at Uglich outside Moscow. As a result of the pilgrimmage to this country retreat by the populace of Moscow, Ivan is persuaded to return to the city. Taking advantage of this mass support, he now has the backing to make his rule more powerful and decisive than ever. The boyars were forced to accept some dramatic changes including the formation of two different governments in Russia so that Ivan could be in direct control of his land. He develops his own secret police force, the Oprichniks, who became his main instrument of terror and assisted him by obtaining undercover information and also doing his evil bidding exacting a terrible revenge on the aristocracy. After learning that Anastasia was probably poisoned by his aunt Euphrosinia who was in league with the boyars, he embarks upon a massive campaign of reprisals and terror. With the connivance of the boyars and the nobles who are all opposed to Ivan, the Polish king is about to launch an attack on Russia. A titanic struggle ensues with Ivan managing to quell this aggression and subdue the boyars. He then is able to address his attention towards the foreign enemies of Russia and seeks support from various friends and associates. The complex story is full of intrigue, high level political in-fighting, family resentment and suspicion, an assassination plot, executions and murder in the cathedral. Two reels were filmed in colour. The banquet scene towards the end of Part 2 was Eisenstein's first use of colour stock and it shows what a brilliant master of this medium he would have become had he not had a heart attack after receiving a major award for the success of Part 1 and the public censure he endured on Stalin's banning of Part 2.