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Alexander Nevsky / Aleksandr Nevsky


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  Alexander Nevsky  / Aleksandr Nevsky Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
8.86 /10
 
Starring
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
OVERRATED
FOREIGN
COSTUME
BIOPIC
EPIC
   
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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