Alexander Nevsky (1938)
GENRE: History Action-Drama
DIRECTOR: Sergei Eisenstein and Dmitri Vasilyev
CAST: Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitry Orlov
Alexander Nevsky is one of the greatest Princes in Russian history, which makes the film depiction of his valiant defence at the 13th century invasion of Novgorod a thrilling tale. Nevsky’s ragtag army fighting off the invading Teutonic Knights tells the story of how one of Russia’s greatest leaders led it through one of its darkest periods. The first sound film directed by Soviet film icon Sergei Eistenstein, and an accompanying score by the prolific Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev, the film is a true work of art. The film also represents a political comeback for the controversial filmmaker who was under the strict supervision of Dmitriy Vasilev. Awarded the Stalin Prize, and also named as one of the world’s 100 best motion pictures in 1978, the film is a fantastic time capsule of Soviet film and thinking.