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Far from Eisenstein's finest hour,
This review is from: Alexander Nevsky  [DVD] (DVD)
Alexander Nevsky may be an Eisenstein film, but that doesn't make it any less cheesy. In fact, it makes some of those Italian peplum look substantial by comparison, with its crude stereotyping and propaganda as the Russian people rise to save their homeland in defiance of the capitalist and aristocratic oppressors of the people and do battle with the baby-burning Papist Germans (how Stalin and Hitler ever signed the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact after this hatchet job is a mystery).
Much of the filming is as clumsy as the characterization, with obvious painted backdrops, clumsy medieval-speak dialog, constant reversion to silent moviemaking techniques at their least compelling and a tendency to go for height in the image to such an extent that the action is often barely clinging to the bottom of the frame. It's reputation rests on Prokofiev's dreary score and the spectacular battle on the ice, although both are a mixture of the good, the bad and the downright lazy. Only moments in the aftermath of the battle retain any real potency.
Eureka's UK PAL DVD boasts poor picture quality that looks like a standards conversion from an already poor NTSC master with no restoration.