No, I disagree with the review. He gets the idea for his battle strategy when he overhears the Master Armourer telling a campfire story about a rabbit fucking a fox. In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in However, in an act of contradiction, Hitler abolished the order in because of its Catholicism. You may have noticed some of the recent changes we have made. At school I was taught how some shots were called and there were two directors constantly mentioned: Hmmm, what Russian leader was also a man of steel?

Popov , Boris Volsky as B. They were definitely religious and had all the trappings, but power, wealth, and territory were strong motives behind the invasion. One will draw the crusaders on to the fragile ice, then the other two will attack from each side, trapping the Germans in the middle so that he may, er, “deflower” them. A Russian knyaz’, or prince, Alexander Nevsky, rallies the people to form a ragtag army to drive back an invasion by the Teutonic knights. Views Read Edit View history. This climactic set piece was the first to be filmed and, since it was shot during a blazing hot summer on a location outside Moscow, cinematographer Eduard Tisse had to take extraordinary steps to render a wintry landscape, including:

Having revolutionized film editing through such masterworks of montage as Potemkin and Strike, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein emigrated west in hopes of testing the capabilities of the American film industry. Even though this narrative approach resembles that of more traditional cinema, Eisenstein’s characters embody patriotic ideals in such an extreme way that they become symbols rather than simple heroic personalities.

In the early silent films this formal method was referred to as overtonal montage, and dictated that all the visual images of a film, which have been developed through the use of intellectual, metric, rhythmic, and tonal montage, serve to reveal and illustrate the dominant theme. The special effects and cinematography were some of the most advanced at the time.

In fact, he resembles a statue of Alexander. Back in Novgorod, news arrives of the Teutonic knights’ capture of nearby Pskov, causing panic. Valentina Ivasheva as Olga.


Something for every female viewer. Alexander and Gavrilo arrive with the flank attack. The winter battle scene was actually shot in the heat of July; the ice and snow were created with melted glass, alabaster, chalk, and salt. Totally unrelevant to today and simply boring to watch. Yeliseyev from Eisenstein’s sketches; music: For this film he was kept on a short leash as the Soviet government wanted to make sure it got the propaganda product it commissioned.

The other manipulates two suitors.

Alexander Nevsky: Stalinist propaganda in the 13th century

Oh wait, they did try! In contrast to the photographic quality of Eisenstein’s earlier films, the individual frames of Alexander Nevsky are reminiscent of painted battle scenes and landscapes.

The saving turnaround for Nevsky is the battle of ice-covered Lake Peipus in This is why the battle scenes may appear unrealistic: Flee from here, Vasilisa!

Hero of the People. Firstenberg, Jean Picker, ” Alexander Nevsky: It is set in the 13th century, but the villainous Teutonic Knights are obviously meant to represent the burgeoning threat of Hitler’s hordes.

This thin allegorical veneer dismisses the easy assignation of propaganda and allows viewers to explore the film as a folk epic with its cast of legendary characters and established narrative structure. Nevsky stands alone as one of the greatest war movies simply because of Prokofiev’s score. Magnificent score by Prokofiev. In Alexander Nevsky the theme of the Russian people’s patriotism is emphasized through such exemplary characters as Prince Alexander, Busali, and Gavrilo Oleksich.

When the Soviets signed a non-aggression pact with Germany in August the film was removed from circulation domestically and internationally, and then rushed back onto screens in after the German invasion. The film climaxes in the half-hour Battle of the Icepropelled by Prokofiev’s ominous, rousing, triumphant musical narrative, a sequence that has served as a model for fiom movie battles ever since e.

Vasiliy Novikov as Pavsha. The authorities could rely on Pavlenko, in his role of “consultant”, to report any wayward tendencies on Eisenstein’s part.


I have not seen it, and your review makes me dread the time when I will synopsus to review it, which is fortunately far off.

A Documentary PortraitNew York, Uralov and Elena S. Most are untranslated and requires familiarity with the Crillic alphabet to read and a knowledge of Russian to translate. Two marked phases of style and technique are evident in this development.

Alexander rides in to great adulation. No, I disagree with the review. Ina new edition of the film was issued on VHS and laserdiscfor which Prokofiev’s score was entirely re-recorded in hi-fi digital stereo by Yuri Temirkanov conducting the Synopzis. Posted by kevin hardy at 8: The tactic of Alexander was to lure the Knights into a frontal attack on his center.

Eisenstein made Alexander Nevskyhis first completed film in 10 years, during the Stalinist eraat a time of strained relations between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Film Reference — Advameg, Inc. BolshakovSergei Uralov as S. It came out in alxander the time that Germany was expanding eastward toward the Soviet Union so the movie was perfectly timed to warn about the threat. They do agree that the climactic moment of the battle was when Alexander won a duel with the Grand Master.

Put flm money on the one Stalin wants to win.

The War Movie Buff: #5 – Alexander Nevsky ()

We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. Russia Beyond considers the film one of the 10 best Russian war films. I’m coming with you, father! Jovan May 20, at 9: KuznetsovaBoris Ivanov as B.

PopovBoris Volsky as B. EisensteinDmitriy Vasiylev. He defeated the Swedes at the Battle of Neva in Some historians question the high casualty totals for fiml Germans and some even doubt that the famous ice cracking happened. Keep in mind the plot follows the actual history fairly closely.