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Alexander Nevsky / Aleksandr Nevsky

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
8.86 /10
Nikolai Cherkassov, Nikolai Okhlopov, A.L. Abrikossov
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Directed by: Sergei Eisenstein
Written by: Sergei Eisenstein, Peter Pavlenko

Released: 1938
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: USSR
Length: 112

A 13th century Russian prince (Nikolai Cherkassov) repels a German invasion.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Hugely acclaimed but oddly disappointing "classic": this simple-mindedly propagandistic piece has spectacular moments and a tremendous Prokofiev score, but a surprisingly large proportion of it is stiff, formal and unexciting. The central performance is dull, and the script offers little insight into his character. The film is also less stylistically adventurous than Eisenstein's previous work - mainly because the authorities had charged him with excessive "formalism".

This massive example of state-sponsored art is all the more questionable because it was so crassly designed to boost that less than heroic leader of the Soviet people, Stalin. Eisenstein was well rewarded: his boss made him head of Mosfilm Studios.

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