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Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Aleksandr Nevskiy (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Drama | 22 March 1939 (USA)
The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

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(as S. Eisenstein), (as D. Vasilyev)

Writers:

(as S. Eisenstein), (as P. Pavlenko)
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Complete credited cast:
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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 ...
Vasili Novikov ...
Pavsha - Governor of Pskov (as V. Novikov)
Nikolai Arsky ...
Domash Tverdislavich - a Novgorod Boyar (as N. Arsky)
Varvara Massalitinova ...
Valentina 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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Storyline

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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The culminating triumph in the career of the man who made "Potemkin" and "Ten Days That Shook the World." Nikolai Cherkassov, in the title role, heads a cast of thousands. See more »


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22 March 1939 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The actual battle is reflected in both Old Russian and German chronicles, but information about specific details differs. One of the main differences is the number of warriors on the Teutonic side--German chronicles say 300, but Old Russian accounts give the number as 2000. The difference may be because the German accounts only mention the number of Teutonic knights themselves and not their servants, retinues and foot soldiers. Historians are still trying to determine exactly where the battle took place. See more »

Goofs

Vasilisa's braids appear and disappear when she is being armed and dressed in chain mail. See more »

Quotes

Olga Danilovna - a Maid of Novgorod: [she has found both Buslai and Gavrillo seriously wounded but alive] You're alive, my dearest ones! Both of you alive!
Vasili Buslai: Where are the Germans?
Olga Danilovna - a Maid of Novgorod: Defeated, all of them! Some have fled, some sunk beneath the ice!
Vasili Buslai: [slowly, with wonder] Then we've won the day. Glory to the Prince and to all of us! Our blood was not spilt in vain.
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ALEKSANDR NEVSKY (DIDIER BECU)
3 March 2004 | by (Gent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

At school I was taught how some shots were called and there were two directors constantly mentioned : Orson Welles and Sergei M. Eisenstein. I didn't care that much then (I was a kid!) but now I know why, Eisenstein is a genius and it is a shame to see what was possible in 1938 where as almost more than a half century we're stuck with countless blank movies! Some say this movie isn't worth the genius of Eisenstein (then they have to watch it over and over till they can say anything bad) or even worse that it is just some propagandamovie for the Russians. Let's say it as it is, it is indeed pure propaganda for patriotism but isn't "Saving private Ryan" or "The longest day" so? I could sum up so many movies in where America is being raised to the top so why not Russia, and besides every war is fought for itrs patriotism why else would they raise flags? Aleksandr Nevsky is a must for anyone who cares about cinematography as almost every shot is a sublime picture. Perhaps it's all overseen but I am in wonder why this isn't included in IMDB's Top 250 where as there is so many overrated Oscarcrap in it as well.


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