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Alexander Nevsky (1938)
"Aleksandr Nevskiy" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama | History  -  22 March 1939 (USA)
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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

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Aleksandr Nevsky (as N. Cherkasov)
Nikolai Okhlopkov ...
Vasili Buslai (as N. Okhlopkov)
Andrei Abrikosov ...
Gavrilo Oleksich (as A. Abrikosov)
Dmitriy Orlov ...
Ignat - the Master Armorer (as D. Orlov)
Vasili Novikov ...
Pavsha - Governor of Pskov (as V. Novikov)
Nikolai Arsky ...
Domash Tverdislavich - a Novgorod Boyar (as N. Arsky)
Varvara Massalitinova ...
Amelfa Timoferevna - Buslai's Mother (as V. Massalitova)
Vera Ivashova ...
Olga Danilovna - a Maid of Novgorod (as V. Ivashova)
Aleksandra Danilova ...
Vasilisa - a Maid of Pskov (as A. Danilova)
Vladimir Yershov ...
Von Balk - Grand Master of the Teutonic Order (as V. Yershov)
Sergei Blinnikov ...
Tverdilo - Traitorous Mayor of Pskov (as S. Blinnikov)
Ivan Lagutin ...
Anani - a Monk (as I. Lagutin)
Lev Fenin ...
The Archbishop (as L. Fenin)
Naum Rogozhin ...
The Black-Hooded Monk (as N. Rogozhin)
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It is the 13th century, and Russia is overrun by foreign invaders. A Russian knyaz', or prince, Alexander Nevsky, rallies the people to form a ragtag army to drive back an invasion by the Teutonic knights. This is a true story based on the actual battle at a lake near Novgorod. Written by Gene Volovich <volovich@netcom.com>

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Propaganda 3 anti-German/ Nazi: the symbol on the back of the gloves of the Archbishop is simultaneously reminiscent of Christian symbolism and of the swastika; some of these Teutonic figures closest to the tent chapel display crossed daggers on their tunics reminiscent of a swastika; many of the Teutonic knights carry flags and shields or wear clothes emblazoned with a figure resembling the imperial German eagle Note that the arms of the Order of Teutonic Knights also incorporate a similar eagle); the Archbishop bears a minimally disguised swastika on his mitre/ headdress during the battle; many of the Teutonic foot-soldiers wear helmets reminiscent of the German Army of World War 2; the treachery of the knight who kills Master Armourer despite having surrendered to him. See more »

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As Olga helps her two suitors, Gavrilo and Vasili, from the battlefield, each is walking beside her supported by her in the middle with their outer hands empty. The next shot from the rear shows that Vasili has acquired a sword that he uses as a walking stick to assist him. See more »

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Von Balk - Grand Master of the Teutonic Order: [scornfully] The men who can defeat us have not yet been born.
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26 November 2003 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

Guys, before saying that Alexander Nevsky is a propaganda film, please keep in mind that it is about a Russian saint, prince and patriot and it was produced in the country which totally denied religion, patriotism and nobility. If you look more attentively you can notice that the Novgorod churches had no crosses on top. The full helmets Eisenshtein took from ancient manuscripts and followed the history precisely. The portable organ the monk plays was an exact copy of the real thing from the 13th century which crusaders used. The children auto-da-fe was taken from ancient chronicles (both Russian and German). But in addition it had religious meaning since it draws parallel with Herod's slaughter of the innocents (used later once again in Ivan The Terrible). Alexander Nevsky is a Russian historical saga which has everything in common with old Russian cultural and historical tradition but nothing (or very little) with the Soviet propaganda. The film definitely has allusions to the Stalin's time: free Novgorod republic fights for its freedom at the expense of prosperity, elected prince Alexander (leader but not czar) etc. But nevertheless I think that the French critic Robert Brasillach (he was very close to nazis) was right when he called Alexander Nevsky the slavic war carol which has nothing to do with bolshevism, communism etc.

But IMHO Serghey Eisenshtein was against the war and followed the tradition of War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy. The same plot with common people uniting to oppose the uppish professional army. If you remember the scene when Russian soldiers alike in color with the earth and trees butted into the German close formation they use axes the same way they did when chopping woods. No pride, honor or awards but every day job. I think it is an excellent film which is larger then our judgements.


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