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A.k.a.
Alexander Nevsky
Year
1938
Runtime
112 min.
Directors
Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev
Genres
Action, Drama, War, Biography, History
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
7,128
Checks
2,206
Favs
117
Dislikes
19
Favs/checks
5.3% (1:19)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. flaiky's avatar

    flaiky

    I understand that this was a propaganda film, but I just couldn't get past the strident patriotism and militarism. The battle sequence was way too long for me as well. 5 years 6 months ago
  2. the3rdman's avatar

    the3rdman

    Great cinematography, but rather cheesy and blunt. Still enjoyed it. 7 years 1 month ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Alexander Nevsky may be about a 13th-Century Russian prince fighting an army of German Teutonic knights, but given that Eisenstein made in 1938, there's little doubt it's meant to be about Nazi forces amassing on the Soviets' Western border, and indeed serves as a patriotic call to arms in which the title character is not just defeated the Vikings and plans to stick it to the Mongols once he's done with the Germans, but also frequently leads his people into songs about Mother Russia. In this, and in many long, silent sequences, we recognize the film maker's roots in silent cinema, and where there's dialog, the pace is rather slow. This is quite the piece of propaganda, and Nevsky is a two-dimensional character because of it. More interesting are some of the soldiers who follow him - the blacksmith, the two rivals for a girl's affections - and through these we get an emotional context and a bit of heart. Unfortunately, everything takes too long in this film, and it's frequently tedious because of it. It seems to take forever for Nevsky to get involved, the battle is seemingly endless (and the cranked camera doesn't do the action any favors even if the shows are well composed and feature hundreds of extras), and there's a very long epilogue too. Still memorable, mainly because of some shockingly violent (albeit brief) moments. 3 months 1 week ago
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