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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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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 ...
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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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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prince | battle | knight | novgorod | russia | See more »

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22 March 1939 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The battle is reflected in both Old Russian and German chronicles. But information about specific details differs. One of the main differences is the amount of warriors on Teutonic side, presented as 300 in German chronicles and 2000 in Old Russian. One of the assumptions is that only Teutonic knights were mentioned as battle units in the German, not their servants. Historians still seek for the exact place of the battle. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Can be viewed from many sides:Propaganda film, Quite simply some of the best war scenes I have ever seen.....
12 January 2002 | by (sweden) – See all my reviews

A stunning piece of art.You can watch every image of the film and see the beauty in it.First I would like to say that ´when I saw the German´s soldiers helmet´s I understood that it was from here that "Star Wars" hade been inspired.The scene were they kill the baby is frightening and when I saw it I did not like it.But when the film was end I thought about that scene and I changed my mind and thought that in the World War 2 that was exactly what the German´s did.

The Ice-battle scene is some of the best war scenes I have seen(If not the BEST).They way this film combines music and so superbly stunning visual images is really excellent.Then the Prokofiev score is one of the most famous sound track´s in history and I thought it was some of the best to.

what more can you say then a work of art.Eisenstein have created a stunning masterpiece,a propaganda film and a Beautiful work of art. I am very happy because I have just got the criterion collection Eisenstein set.


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