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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)

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(as S. Eisenstein), (as P. Pavlenko)
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Complete credited cast:
... Aleksandr Nevsky (as N. Cherkasov)
Nikolai Okhlopkov ... Vasili Buslai (as N. Okhlopkov)
... 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)
... Olga Danilovna - a Maid of Novgorod (as V. Ivashova)
... Vasilisa - a Maid of Pskov (as A. Danilova)
Vladimir Yershov ... Von Balk - Grand Master of the Teutonic Order (as V. Yershov)
... Tverdilo - Traitorous Mayor of Pskov (as S. Blinnikov)
Ivan Lagutin ... Anani - a Monk (as I. Lagutin)
... 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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The mighty epic of 13th Century Russia...of the "Battle on the Ice" when the invading German hordes led by the Teutonic Knights were driven from the soil of Russia - forever. See more »


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Despite the film's anti-Christian approach, Alexander makes a biblical reference when addressing the Russian people near the end of the movie stating that they " . . . will be Judases all . . . " if they betray the victory just won. 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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Vasili Buslai: [sulkily because Alexander has previously scolded him] Who will command the vanguard?
Alexandr Nevsky: You will! You ran all night, now by day you'll make a stand!
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One of the Finest Battle Scenes Ever filmed
7 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Eisenstein's "Alexander Nevsky" was made mostly for propaganda purposes in 1938. It was a reminder to all Russians of their dastardly neighbors (the Nazis) to their west. The film plays on this comparison and several others to a lesser degree. The evil Germanic Teutonic Knights just happen to be of the Christian faith and their religious leaders make for very effective villians. Although Nikolai Cherkasov as Nevsky and Nikolai Okhlopkov as his right-hand man, Vasili, are commanding in their roles, this movie is mainly noted for the final climactic battle between good (the Russians) and pure evil (the Germans). Eisenstein purposely covers the Germans with over-sized helmets so that they're totally devoid of any human facial expressions. On the contrary, the Russian peasants who comprise most of Nevsky's army are portrayed with a variety of emotions and their humanity is not only recognizable but refreshing and appealing to the viewer. When the Teutonic Knights make their charge on the Russian position, the action is fast and furious and it would be difficult to find any other film which stages its action scenes as well as Eisenstein does here. Although a bit dated in the print that I saw (the sound was certainly a bit off) this movie is a must-see for anyone interested in foreign films and especially the Russian cinema during the days of Stalin. The Germans might have thought twice about attacking Russia in 1941 if they had seen this film beforehand. The message was clear back then. In the words of Alexander Nevsky himself: "Do not enter Russia with a sword in your hand." Well, you can't say they weren't warned.


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