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DVD NTSC!!! DVD Region: ALL; Theatrical release: 1938; Sound format(s): Dolby Digital Mono; Language(s): Russian; Subtitles: English; Format: Black & White; Genre(s): History, Action. 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.
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And very monumental and majestic it all is, though to my eyes (and I've seen a good deal of Russian cinema since I bought and first watched this) it just looks a tad starchy and theatrically over-acted. It even gets turgid at times, but never boring and it's the landscape and all those 13th century churches shot against blue skies with an orange filter (in black & white) that gives a certain air of heightened unreality about it all.
Re-enacting the Teutonic invasion of the 13th century and culminating with the now famous battle scene on the ice and it then breaking, a good deal of it is about watching lines of men on horseback parading around. But, being Eisenstein and Russian, these scenes are superbly composed and muster a real sense of comradeship and bravado, which along with very patriotic 'hymns' about dying on the battlefield, certainly fulfils the film's task of igniting the spirit of a huge population, once again, facing a new enemy but from a similar place before.
Many of the character's faces are worthy of paintings themselves - interesting caricatures, whether peasant wives or noblemen, as the camera lingers on them. And, of course, with such notables as Battleship Pontempkin under his belt some 20 years previous, Eisenstein certainly knows how to mount battlescenes of magnitude and with great skill.Read more ›
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I remember seeing Eisenstein's great film on television many years ago, when a poor quality version was screened. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gabriel
Anti-German propaganda, but very good It's based on the invasion of Russia by the Teutonic Knights.Published 7 months ago by BookReader
In 1242, Russia in being invaded by two sides: from the orient by the Mongols and from Europe side, by the Germans Teutonic Knights of the Holy Roman Empire. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Valerie Gail bartlett
Great film although seems old fashioned now. The ice cracking is the memorable part.Published 13 months ago by S. Kite
Visually fascinating and a great piece of film history.Published 16 months ago by Richard V Raiment