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Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky) (1938)




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Like many of Eisenstein's best films, Alexander Nevsky was conceived as a morale-booster, aimed at stirring up Russian patriotism. It is set in the 13th century, but the villainous Teutonic Knights are obviously meant to represent the burgeoning threat of Hitler's hordes. With Russia besieged by both these knights and by the Tartars, only a charismatic leader can save the populace from these barbaric baby killers (yes, we see the villains tossing screaming infants into bonfires!) The hero of the piece is the legendary Prince Alexander Nevsky, portrayed by Nikolai Cherkasov, who bears a striking resemblance to Gary Cooper. The saving turnaround for Nevsky is the battle of ice-covered Lake Peipus in 1242. This bravura sequence is staged in spectacular fashion, underlined by the specially-commissioned music of Sergei Prokofiev. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Nov 3, 1998


Nikolai Cherkasov
as Alexander Nevsky
Nikolai Okhlopkov
as Vassily Buslai
Andrei Abrikosov
as Gavrilo Olexich
Dmitri N. Orlov
as Ignat Master Armoure...
V.K. Novikov
as Pavsha Governor of P...
Vladimir Yershov
as Master of the Teuton...
N.N. Arski
as Domash Nobleman of N...
Valeria O. Massaliti...
as Amefa Timofeyevna Mo...
Valentina Ivasheva
as Olga a Novgorod Girl
Sergei Blinnikov
as Tverdilo Traitorous ...
I.I. Lagutin
as Anani a Monk
Lev Fenin
as The Bishop
N.A. Rogozbbin
as The Black-Robed Monk
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Sergei Eisenstein's mannerist epic about the Russian hero who warded off the invading Teutonic knights is a near-perfect combination of image and sound.

Full Review… | September 22, 2008
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Edouard Tisse's superb photography and Prokofiev's stirring score contribute to a rhythm that is well-nigh irresistible.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Chicago Reader
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It is impossible... not to marvel at his stylistic insistence that all people walk along a sky-line, and not to wish, in the same breath, that more directors had his talent for doing great things so well and little things so badly.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky)

Totally unrelevant to today and simply boring to watch. I'm not doubting the genius of Sergei Eisenstein but I just couldn't watch.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

It's from 1938....and in Russian,,,,I LOVED IT!

Tim Sigur

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Sergei is all about the framing, comrade. One message is clear: the Russians *really* hated the Germans! Interesting piece of cinema history/propaganda as this came out on the brink of WW II recounting the heroics of Alexander of Russia as he repelled the German invaders of 1242. The German helmets and armor designs are not far off from Orc garb, and one religious leader looks like Marty Feldman in "Young Frankenstein," cowled robe and all. The battle scenes are staggering in scope, using hundreds or maybe even a thousand people and horses. Unfortunately they drag on too long, as does the time spent on an uninteresting romantic triangle subplot.

Doctor Strangeblog

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