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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Propaganda 1 Pro-communism/Russia: the call for peasants to rise up and defeat the invaders; the involvement of a woman (Vasilisa) in the army and at the forefront of the struggle; the banishment of the moneyed men (the bourgeoisie) from the town as the peasants arrive; the forgiveness of the Russian people to the foot soldiers of the Teutonic knights (because they were forced to serve the knights). 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 »
Arise, you Russian people, In a just battle to the death, Arise, people, free and brave, Rise to defend our fair land, Our warriors will have honor, Our fallen, eternal glory, For the homes of our fathers, Arise, you Russian people...
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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 »
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 »
A marvelous piece of propaganda, selling us the Norseman Nevsky as a "Russian" leader in an historically unattested battle against the 'barbaric" Teutonic Knights. It is part of the attempt to create a "Russian" history, foreshadowing the switch that would follow soon after the German invasion in WWII: Fighting for Bolshevism did not appear a worthwhile undertaking and by many the Germans were tragically welcomed as liberators, so the Motherland Russia was invoked as the fiction to be defended against the Hitlerist invaders. As an historical movie, it deserves our derision, as a piece of history, our attention, just as the propaganda produced by willing court jesters for any government, including recently "The Patriot" or "Saving Private Ryan."
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