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Alexander Nevsky

Spine #87

Apr 24, 2001

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Russian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Alexander Nevsky

Directed By: Sergei Eisenstein
Starring: Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Alexander Abrikosov, Dmitri Orlov, Vasily Novikov, Nikolai Arsky, Varvara Massalitinova, Vera Ivasheva, Anna Danilova, Vladimir Ershov, Sergei Blinnikov
Licensor: Mosfilm

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Eisenstein drew on history, Russian folk narratives, and the techniques of Walt Disney to create this broadly painted epic of Russian resilience. This story of Teutonic knights vanquished by Prince Alexander Nevsky's tactical brilliance resonated deeply with a Soviet Union concerned with the rise of Nazi Germany. Widely imitated-most notably by Laurence Olivier's Battle of Agincourt re-creation for Henry V -the Battle on the Ice scene remains one of the most famous audio-visual experiments in film history, perfectly blending action with the rousing score of Sergei Prokofiev.

  • Audio essay by film scholar David Bordwell, author of The Cinema of Eisenstein
  • Russell Merritt's multimedia essay on the Eisenstein-Prokofiev collaboration
  • A reconstruction of Eisenstein's unfinished film Bezhin Meadow by the Eisenstein Museum's Naum Kleiman, plus scholar Jay Leyda's photos and documents from the set
  • Drawings and production stills
  • Restoration demonstration


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