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
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Sergei Prokofiev composed the score for the film and re-worked it into the cantata "Aleksandr Nevskiy". In 1995 the music was re-recorded for a VHS and laserdisc release of the film because of the poor quality and bad editing in the original, though the dialogue was left unchanged. See more »
Alexander Nevsky's helmet changes several times from one with eye protectors (looking like glasses) to one with just a nose protector. See more »
[sulkily because Alexander has previously scolded him]
Who will command the vanguard?
You will! You ran all night, now by day you'll make a stand!
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Before the word "End" appears Alexandr Nevsky's famous quote "But those who come to us sword in hand will die by the sword! On that Russia stands and forever will we stand!" appears on the screen, right after Nevsky said it in the movie. See more »
I'd like to first say that the version of the film I saw had some of the worst audio-visual quality I've ever had to endure. The sound effects and voice literally sounded like static on my television, and the picture was washed and fuzzy. Therefore, I probably did not experience the film the way it was meant to be seen, and as a result my opinion of it has been tainted.
"Alexander Nevsky" is a decent propaganda picture released during Stalin's reign over the Soviet Union. It is filled with patriotism and proud declaration of Russia's greatness and willingness to fight. However, much of this enthusiasm didn't carry over for me, and I felt very lost and detached the entire film (again, most-likely due to the technical quality of the DVD). Also, the translation and subtitles were awful and made it even harder to follow the film. However, it did have one long, rousing battle sequence that surely set the standard for many to come, and a memorable score added to the excitement. Overall though, it was all a bit underwhelming for me.
I can only hope for a newly restored, updated version to be released some day so that I can fully enjoy the film the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
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