Sergei Eisenstein

Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky

Eisenstein drew on history, Russian folk narratives, and the techniques of Walt Disney to create this broadly painted epic of Russian resilience. This story of Teutonic knights vanquished by Prince Alexander Nevsky’s tactical brilliance resonated deeply with a Soviet Union concerned with the rise of Nazi Germany. Widely imitated—most notably by Laurence Olivier's Battle of Agincourt re-creation for Henry V—the Battle on the Ice scene remains one of the most famous audio-visual experiments in film history, perfectly blending action with the rousing score of Sergei Prokofiev.

Film Info

  • Sergei Eisenstein
  • Soviet Union
  • 1938
  • 112 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Russian
  • Spine #87

Special Features

  • Gorgeous new digital transfer, with extensive image and sound restoration
  • Audio essay by film scholar David Bordwell, author of The Cinema of Eisenstein
  • Russell Merritt’s multimedia essay on the Eisenstein-Prokofiev collaboration
  • A reconstruction of Eisenstein’s unfinished film Bezhin Meadow by the Eisenstein Museum’s Naum Kleiman, plus scholar Jay Leyda’s photos and documents from the set
  • Drawings and production stills
  • Restoration demonstration
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

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Eisenstein: The Sound Years

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Special Features

  • Gorgeous new digital transfer, with extensive image and sound restoration
  • Audio essay by film scholar David Bordwell, author of The Cinema of Eisenstein
  • Russell Merritt’s multimedia essay on the Eisenstein-Prokofiev collaboration
  • A reconstruction of Eisenstein’s unfinished film Bezhin Meadow by the Eisenstein Museum’s Naum Kleiman, plus scholar Jay Leyda’s photos and documents from the set
  • Drawings and production stills
  • Restoration demonstration
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
Alexander Nevsky
Cast
Nikolai Cherkasov
Prince Alexander Nevsky
Nikolai Okhlopkov
Vasily Buslai
Andrei Abrikosov
Gavrilo Olexich
Dmitri Orlov
Ignat, Master Armorer
Vasili Novikov
Pavsha, Governor of Pskov
Nikolai Arsky
Domash Tverdislavich
Varvara Massalitinova
Amelfa Timofeevna, Mother of Buslai
Credits
Director
Sergei Eisenstein
with the collaboration of
Dmitri Vasilyev
Screenplay
Sergei Eisenstein
Screenplay
Pyotr Pavlenko
Cinematography
Eduard Tisse
Editing
Sergei Eisenstein
Editing
Esfir Tobak
Original music by
Sergei Prokofiev
Lyricist
Vladimir Lugovskoi
Production design
Isaac Shpinel
Production design
Nikolai Solovyov
Costume design
K. Yeliseev
Sound
Vladimir Popov
Sound
Boris Volsky

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