Alexander Nevsky details
|Starring:||Nikolai Okhlopkov, Nikolai Cherkassov, Dmitri Orlov|
|Directors:||D.I. Vessiliev, Sergei Eisenstein|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||31 Mar 2003|
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Worth seeing for the film or Soviet History buffBy Jacobw from London , 19 Jan 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Much of Alexander Nevsky is interesting only from a historical point of view. For about 2/3rds of the film, you might be left a bit cold if you aren't a film-history buff with an interest in Eisenstein, or a Soviet history buff who wants to see how Stalinist-era films used historical topics to make contemporary political points.
But once the "Battle on the ice" sequence starts, this is one of the most thrilling films ever made. The combination of Eisenstein's direction and editing with Prokofiev's score is utterly electrifying. Personally, I consider it one of the best uses of music in the entire history of cinema. For that sequence alone, this is a film that every movie buff should watch at least once.
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A fascinating blast from the past.By a customer , 20 Apr 2012It is a brilliant film considering the age and circumstances in which it was made. Sadly, the film score has badly deteriorated.
The music by S Prokovieff is a wonder in its own right and I often listen to modern recordings of it.
It is a dazzling museum-piece and can easily be enjoyed in this very special light.
I give it the highest rating.
Shows its age, but see it at least for the battle scenes.By Grumpa (16 reviews) from Wakefield , 22 Feb 2012The acting might have been fine for pre-war Russian cinema but it looks hammy and wooden these days.
Sometimes the propaganda elements in the film are emphasised to such an extent that you feel you are being hit over the head with a hammer.
Although Alexander Nevsky may be mainly for film buffs, it looks terrific, it is brilliantly photographed, and the battle scenes on the frozen lake are as spectacular as you would expect.
another great Eisenstein filmBy a customer , 08 Sep 2011an absolutely brilliant classic Eisenstein film - albeit with sound and video quality of the late 30s - about an important part of early Russian history - at the beginning of or just before the 200 year Mongol rule.
Propagandistic Art a Quailified SuccessBy Seedyvee (206 reviews) from Grantham , 25 Jun 2011This film is eerily prophetic of the later Nazi invasion of Russia, siege of Stalingrad and subsequent repulsion of the Germans in the harsh winter of 1944. Seen with this in mind the film, sanctioned by Stalin himself, had a strong propagandistic tone. The overall effect is impressive: those vast empty landscapes, the bright skies and the peculiar architectural features of Russia, not to mention the grand extensive battle scene. But as a piece of drama it is very flat and is a very pale reflection of a Shakespearean drama with comedic elements. Prokofiev's score has a variety of contrasting effects but at moments sounded like curtain down at the end of an operetta! Also the subtitles seemed to have been written by the translators of the old King James Bible.
A little dissapointedBy a customer from london , 10 Feb 2011I rented thid DVD wanting to learn some facts about Alexander Nevsky but at the end I learnt nothing. At the begining of the movie some villagers debate about bringing or not Alexander to stop an invasion by the germans. Some talk, talk until finally Alexander decides to fight them. The other part is the battle wich is not very convincing and that's all.
The other bad part is the quality of the DVd. Being an old film the quality is quite bad. It needs to be restored. The film is better seeing as a curiosity. First because is a Russian film and second because of its age.
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