Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky)
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Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky)
Like many of Eisenstein's best films, Alexander Nevsky was conceived as a morale-booster, aimed at stirring up Russian patriotism. It is set in the 13th century, but the villainous Teutonic Knights are obviously meant to represent the burgeoning threat of Hitler's hordes. With Russia besieged by both these knights and by the Tartars, only a charismatic leader can save the populace from these barbaric baby killers (yes, we see the villains tossing screaming infants into bonfires!) The hero of the piece is the legendary Prince Alexander Nevsky, portrayed by Nikolai Cherkasov, who bears a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"Sergei Eisenstein's mannerist epic about the Russian hero who warded off the invading Teutonic knights is a near-perfect combination of image and sound."
‑ Sara Cardace, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It is impossible... not to marvel at his stylistic insistence that all people walk along a sky-line, and not to wish, in the same breath, that more directors had his talent for doing great things so well and little things so badly."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Sergei Eisenstein's classic tale of 13th-century Russia is as magnificent today as it must have been in 1938."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...qualifies as unabashed propaganda, but it also ranks as a first rate film about war that holds up because of Eisenstein's film artistry"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The movie is strident, yes, but when it soars, it can't be touched."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A timeless historical epic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Great film. The river battle is priceless."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"a complete work of art that also functioned as a rallying cry for a burgeoning socialist nation under constant threat from fascism in the form of Nazi Germany"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Edouard Tisse's superb photography and Prokofiev's stirring score contribute to a rhythm that is well-nigh irresistible."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Though made in 1938, Eisenstein historical epic, drawing parallels between the thirteenth centure and the late 1930s, is still one of the most rousing sepectacles ever made, rich in imagery and sound."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The true meaning of epic."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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