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A.k.a.
Alexander Nevsky
Year
1938
Runtime
112 min.
Directors
Sergei Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev
Genres
Action, Drama, War, Biography, History
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
7,128
Checks
2,498
Favs
139
Dislikes
24
Favs/checks
5.6% (1:18)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. the3rdman's avatar

    the3rdman

    Great cinematography, but rather cheesy and blunt. Still enjoyed it. 12 years 4 months ago
  2. 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. 10 years 10 months 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. 5 years 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #11 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  2. This movie ranks #21 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  3. This movie ranks #24 in Russian Guild of Film Critics's Best Russian Films
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  4. This movie ranks #39 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  5. This movie ranks #90 in The Criterion Collection
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  6. This movie ranks #94 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
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  7. This movie ranks #133 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  8. This movie ranks #182 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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  9. This movie ranks #201 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  10. This movie ranks #535 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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