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Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Aleksandr Nevskiy (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Drama | 22 March 1939 (USA)
The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

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Sergei M. Eisenstein (as S. Eisenstein), Dmitriy Vasilev (as D. Vasilyev)

Writers:

Sergei M. Eisenstein (as S. Eisenstein), Pyotr Pavlenko (as P. Pavlenko)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nikolay Cherkasov ... Aleksandr Nevsky (as N. Cherkasov)
Nikolai Okhlopkov Nikolai Okhlopkov ... Vasili Buslai (as N. Okhlopkov)
Andrei Abrikosov ... Gavrilo Oleksich (as A. Abrikosov)
Dmitriy Orlov ... Ignat - the Master Armorer (as D. Orlov)
Vasili Novikov ... Pavsha - Governor of Pskov (as V. Novikov)
Nikolai Arsky Nikolai Arsky ... Domash Tverdislavich - a Novgorod Boyar (as N. Arsky)
Varvara Massalitinova ... Amelfa Timoferevna - Buslai's Mother (as V. Massalitova)
Valentina Ivashova ... Olga Danilovna - a Maid of Novgorod (as V. Ivashova)
Aleksandra Danilova ... Vasilisa - a Maid of Pskov (as A. Danilova)
Vladimir Yershov Vladimir Yershov ... Von Balk - Grand Master of the Teutonic Order (as V. Yershov)
Sergei Blinnikov ... Tverdilo - Traitorous Mayor of Pskov (as S. Blinnikov)
Ivan Lagutin Ivan Lagutin ... Anani - a Monk (as I. Lagutin)
Lev Fenin ... The Archbishop (as L. Fenin)
Naum Rogozhin Naum Rogozhin ... The Black-Hooded Monk (as N. Rogozhin)
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Storyline

It is the 13th century, and Russia is overrun by foreign invaders. A Russian knyaz', or prince, Alexander Nevsky, rallies the people to form a ragtag army to drive back an invasion by the Teutonic knights. This is a true story based on the actual battle at a lake near Novgorod. Written by Gene Volovich <volovich@netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The culminating triumph in the career of the man who made "Potemkin" and "Ten Days That Shook the World." Nikolai Cherkassov, in the title role, heads a cast of thousands. See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

22 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander Nevsky See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,226
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Stalin wanted this film to be a propaganda tool to warn Soviet citizens to be wary of German aggression. However, it was rejected at first due to it being "too anti-German", as it came out shortly before the Soviet-German non-aggression pact of 1939 was signed. In 1941, the peace was broken and Stalin reportedly demanded that it be shown in every Soviet movie theater as a rallying cry against the invasion. See more »

Goofs

When the request in made for rope to bind the people of Novgorod, the person making the request places himself between the Teutonic Grand Master and the seated religious figure with his front to the crowd. The next scene shows him with his back to the crowd and having moved a little distance from the seated figure. See more »

Quotes

Pavsha - Governor of Pskov: [He has been hung by the Germans from the top of a tower] Go to Pereyaslavl! Summon Alexander! Dead Pskov calls out to you, Alexander!
[He dies]
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Alternate Versions

A 109-minute version distributed by Janus Films and broadcast on the IFC channel in 2006 carries a 1986 date by Mosfilm, and has a lot more credited crew listed than is currently in the IMDb database. Most are untranslated and requires familiarity with the Crillic alphabet to read and a knowledge of Russian to translate. One significant translated addition is Vladinir Lugovskoi as lyricist (and he perhaps is Vladimir Lurovski). Of those names currently in the IMDb database, the following changes were noted: Sergei M. Eisenstein (as S.M. Eisenstein), Pyotr Pavlenko (as P.A. Pavlenko), Dmitriy Vasilev (as D.I. Vasilyev), Esfir Tobak (as E. Tobak),Iosif Shpinel (as I. Shpinel), Nikolai Solovyov (as N. Solovyov), Konstantin Eliseev (as K. Yeliseyev), Valentina Kuznetsova (as V. Kuznetsova), Boris Ivanov (as B. Ivanov), Nikolai Maslov (as Nikolai Maslov), Valeri Popov (as V. Popov), Boris Volsky (as B. Volsky), Nikolai Bolshakov (as N. Bolshakov), Sergei Uralov (as S. Uralov) and Elena S. Telesheva (as E. Telesheva). See more »

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I kinda want to beat up some Germans right now...
30 April 2001 | by zetesSee all my reviews

When I first saw this film around 6 months ago, I considered it interesting, but little more. But it stuck with me. That interest grew and grew, and I wondered whether my initial boredom and response had more to do with the actual VHS quality rather than the film itself. I purchased the Criterion DVD box set, and it turns out that I was right the second time. Alexander Nevsky is a great film. It is rousing, and I'm sure it succeeded in its main aim: propaganda against the Germans.

That is the most common criticism against this film, and against Eisenstein, that it is merely propagandist and nothing else. It's untrue. He is an amazing film artist, one of the most important whoever lived. By now, the world is far enough beyond Joseph Stalin to be able to watch Eisenstein's films as art.


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