Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky)

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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.

Cast

Nikolay Cherkasov
as Alexander Nevsky
Nikolai Okhlopkov
as Vassily Buslai
Dmitri N. Orlov
as Ignat, Master Armourer
N.N. Arski
as Domash
Varvara Massalitinova
as Amefa Timofeyevna
V.K. Novikov
as Pavsha, Governor of Pskov
Vladimir Yershov
as Master of the Teutonic Order
Valeria O. Massalitinova
as Amefa Timofeyevna, Mother of Buslai
Andrei Abrikosov
as Gavrilo Olexich
Valentina Ivashova
as Olga, a Novgorod Girl
V.L. Ersbov
as Master of the Teutonic Order
Sergey Blinnikov
as Tverdillo, Traitorous Mayor of Pskov
Ivan Lagutin
as Anani, a Monk
Lev Fenin
as The Bishop
N.A. Rogozbbin
as The Black-Robed Monk
N.A. Rogozbin
as The Black-robed Monk
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Critic Reviews for Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky)

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Audience Reviews for Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky)

  • Feb 13, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2010
    Eisenstein's most propagandistic masterpiece, historically speaking, and first sound feature is an immortalized epic drama with well established ideologies, transferring the ideologies of the proletariat to a more idealized, yet violent context. The final battle sequence remains as the most influential and breathtaking ever put to celluloid; Nikolai Cherkasov gives brilliant early signs of spiritual doom before becoming Ivan the Terrible. A flawless work of art from wherever one may see it. 100/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2008
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2008
    Illustrious portrait of a heroic Russian figure demented by a dutiful force in a spiritual defense.The film may display images of pious behavior but haste not,this is an epic drama and the people are who matter most,not ideologies.Magnificent score by Prokofiev.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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