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.
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Original Symphonic Score by Sergei Prokofieff
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Propaganda 3 anti-German/Nazi: the symbol on the back of the gloves of the Archbishop is reminiscent of both Christian symbolism and of the swastika; some of the 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 (the coat of 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 II; the treachery of the knight who kills Master Armourer despite having surrendered to him. See more
Vasilisa's braids appear and disappear when she is being armed and dressed in chain mail. See more
Ignat - the Master Armorer
A mother or a stepmother, it's all the same to the rich! Where they make a profit, there is their motherland. To us, the simple folk, the Germans bring certain death. We must invite Prince Alexandr and strike at the Germans!
A new edition appeared on video in 1995 with the entire Prokofiev score newly recorded in hi-fi stereo, using the same 1938 orchestrations and perfectly synchronized to the original 1938 dialogue and sound effects tracks, so that it is now possible to see and hear the film exactly as it always was, with the exception being that the music is now heard in hi-fi sound, rather than the tinny 1938 recording. See more
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