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Alexander Nevsky

Rated NR 112 minutes 1939

Sergei Eisenstein turns the story of the great Russian prince into an abstract exercise in visual and aural counterpoint—it's more theory than movie. But Edouard Tisse's superb photography and Prokofiev's stirring score contribute to a rhythm that is well-nigh irresistible, culminating in the famous battle on the ice. Made in 1938, it was Eisenstein's first sound film—Stalin had sidelined him for a decade. In Russian with subtitles.

Film Credits

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein and Dmitri Vasilyev

Writer: Sergei M. Eisenstein and Pyotr Pavlenko

Cast: Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Dmitri Orlev, Andrei Abrikosov, Anna Danilova, Vera Ivasheva, Sergei Blinnikov, Lev Fenin, Ivan Lagutin, Vladimir Yershov, Naum Rogozhin, Nikolai Arsky, Varvara O. Massalitinova and Vasily Novikov

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