Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky)
Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky) (1938)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1938
DVD Release Date: November 3, 1998
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A timeless historical epic.

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Great film. The river battle is priceless.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Edouard Tisse's superb photography and Prokofiev's stirring score contribute to a rhythm that is well-nigh irresistible.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The true meaning of epic.

Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

Sergei Eisenstein's classic tale of 13th-century Russia is as magnificent today as it must have been in 1938.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

...qualifies as unabashed propaganda, but it also ranks as a first rate film about war that holds up because of Eisenstein's film artistry

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
Totally unrelevant to today and simply boring to watch. I'm not doubting the genius of Sergei Eisenstein but I just couldn't watch.
Dimitris Springer
Illustrious portrait of a heroic Russian figure demented by a dutiful force in a spiritual defense.The film may display images of pious behavior but haste… More
Tim Sigur
It's from 1938....and in Russian,,,,I LOVED IT!
Doctor Strangeblog
Sergei is all about the framing, comrade. One message is clear: the Russians *really* hated the Germans! Interesting piece of cinema history/propaganda as… More