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Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky

1938
Drama
Action
1h 52m
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Avg Percentile 59.51% from 528 total ratings

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Rated 14 Aug 2007
66
28th
It has three major problems that keep it from being a movie I would want to see again: 1) The acting is pretty awful, 2) the propoganda is utterly lacking in subtlety, and 3) for the most part, it's dull as dirt. However, it so packed from start to end with astonishing, gorgeous, memorable images that I have to admit that from a photographic standpoint, it is truly a great film.
Rated 19 Apr 2009
77
51st
To say this lacks subtlety is to miss that it made no attempt to be subtle. It's not a historical epic with propaganda thrown in, it's blatant propaganda with a historical veneer to tie things together, and that veneer is a dull badly told story. But the images are striking, the battle scenes rousing and the score magnificent. Whether that makes this worth watching depends on how strongly you feel about proRussian antiGerman propaganda, and how much boredom you can take for technical proficiency
Rated 15 Aug 2018
90
90th
Shameless propaganda has never looked so good...
Rated 16 Aug 2011
45
9th
"Alexandre Nevsky" is as historically important as it is lethally boring. Not as visually audacious as Eisenstein's previous alleged classics ("Bronenosets Potyomkin" and "Oktyabr") and containing absolutely zero interesting elements -the plot is borderline, the characters nonexistent and the heavy-handed Russian patriotism distracting, this glorification of a legendary 13th century warrior fills film historians with glee and leaves everyone else yawning.
Rated 14 Jul 2022
82
65th
If it wasn't for the last 20ish minutes, this would have been my favorite Eisenstein. It's a joy to watch him play with sound and image together, especially during the climactic battle. However, it really drags and becomes joylessly manipulative at the end.
Rated 24 Jan 2010
34
2nd
I have no idea why people like this movie, there's nothing about it that was done right. The action is clumsy and unrealistic, the acting is miserable, the subtitles were translated by somebody who had terrible command of the English language, it was boring and untastefully propogandic. The only good thing I can say about it is that the music was pretty decent.
Rated 19 May 2007
0
8th
Hideously awful. Imagine Ed Wood doing a historical battle epic. Even the Prokofiev score sucks
Rated 26 Jun 2013
65
45th
The stilted moments of drama unfortunately undercut this film's qualities. Even rewatching Nevsky now after many, many years, back at college, have past, it still falters when Eisenstein's silent films were completely succinct, pure cinema. Still, there is a charm to Nevsky, and it's still the creation of Eisenstein, moments where his gifts for visual composition are allowed to shine.
Rated 30 Nov 2014
32
11th
This is a poorly made propaganda film, it had almost no script. The characters are cartoon like and lack any personality. The battle scenes are built around lots of repetitive hacking.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
63
32nd
Potent cinema, silly dialogue, even dumber history.
Rated 15 Aug 2013
40
12th
zzzzzzzzzzzzz .... oh that's the famous Ice battle? Thats kind of neat I gu---zzzzzzzzz
Rated 28 Apr 2008
68
49th
Really hard to take seriously once they start lobbing babies into pyres.
Rated 29 Sep 2019
36
28th
Half the film seems like it's extras swinging swords and axes at each others' shoulders, and Nevsky comes off as an aloof prick. Admittedly the Teutonic helms look fun.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
89
82nd
# 220
Rated 14 Nov 2015
30
5th
Heavy-handed anti-Catholic communist propaganda depicting medieval Russia's stuggle against the (who else?) sadistic Germans. Will give it some points for style, sets, and costumes, though the action scenes and music during the final battles are laughable.
Rated 20 Feb 2016
55
11th
As a piece of Anti-fascist, Anti-Church, Anti-Bourgeois, Pro-Military, Nationalist Propaganda it's phenomenal; but as a piece of art and entertainment viewed through a modern lens it's pretty atrocious. There's repetitive, boring scenes, sound design years behind what Hollywood was making at the time, cardboard characters with no development, and a script so over-the-top in it's message and tone that it actually becomes laughably bad at times.
Rated 20 Apr 2013
60
30th
Despite the narrative flaws, it is a beautifully photographed film. The opening images of skeletons, both human and animal, littering the landscape is chilling. The scenes that rely solely on the images to communicate the film's message are the most effective. Eisenstein definitely shows his skill as a filmmaker but is handcuffed by so many questionable elements that it's merely a good time capsule film; a lesson on technical prowess.
Rated 30 Dec 2021
64
68th
The first half has incredibly boring buildup where it's mostly grandiose platitudes and nationalistic catering. The battle scene that follows is technically impressive in terms of its scale and composition, but a lot of the choreography is just awkwardly swinging swords at each other which ends up looking pretty stale due to how static the camera is. The aftermath of the battle is strangely poignant and beautifully shot, which elevates its idea of Russian pride and what that stands for.
Rated 27 Dec 2010
88
78th
Heavy-handed Stalinist propaganda, but the music is great, the costumes and sets are wonderful, and the battle sequences--featuring a goodly percentage of the Soviet army--are simply amazing.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
89
78th
217
Rated 09 Apr 2012
83
67th
I thought the action was good for a propaganda movie. Music was good and those Teutonic Knight costumes were super cool. Bad: it sure is filled with propaganda. We get it, Hitler is evil, Japan is evil, Stalin is good, Religion is for the Bourgeoisie, real men like to fish after a glorious battle.
Rated 21 Feb 2019
86
40th
85.50
Rated 03 Mar 2018
90
77th
"Nazis! I hate these guys."//-Sergei 'Indiana' Eisenstein//Blatant propaganda, but who cares?
Rated 13 May 2023
7
44th
the last two minutes of this movie are great ☭
Rated 28 Feb 2007
12
58th
The acting is awful and the propaganda about as subtle as a kick in the teeth (the story of inhuman Teutonic invaders defiling the great mother Russia? In 1938? Difficult to see the parallels there!), but Alexander Nevsky is wonderful for two reasons: the beautiful direction by Eisenstein, and the utterly magnificent score by Prokofiev. Worth a butcher's.
Rated 19 May 2009
80
63rd
Propaganda is fun.
Rated 05 Sep 2011
36
50th
An impressive film for it's era although the action is not amazing, it's still grand. The closed captioning is good if you're trying to learn Russian too, because the translation is almost literal.
Rated 12 Nov 2013
3
30th
too boring for me.
Rated 09 Jul 2007
83
59th
A gem of a silent film with a fantastic score by Sergei Prokofiev.
Rated 12 May 2022
70
75th
A war movie unlike any other. Here Eisenstein has nearly perfected his singular aesthetic (he did that with Ivan the Terrible). I tend to judge cinema foremost as a narrative art. By those standards, Nevsky is nothing but rabble-rousing nationalism; it glorifies battlefield heroism and revels in death. Eisenstein mainly saw cinema as a visual and theatrical medium, though, and there lies his mastery. The staging, dramaturgy, compositions and photography are breath-taking.
Rated 21 Sep 2017
72
29th
Eisenstein's propagandistic tale of the 13th-century Russian hero (Nikolai Cherkasov) who defeated the Teutonic Knights has many merits; a brilliant score by Prokofiev, a stunning battle sequence which remains exciting even today, and superb cinematography throughout. But outside of that sequence it's pretty rough going at times, with a weak, thin script, one-dimensional characters, and a surprisingly uneven sense of pacing. Worth at least one viewing for any serious buff, but probably only one.
Rated 13 Jan 2010
89
78th
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Rated 26 Aug 2012
55
33rd
Desperately, Sergei needed a film. The authorities offered one last chance, and they gave him a list of subjects. With Russia's delicate political situation in 1937, the friends of Sergei assessed the list more carefully. They opted for the story of Nevsky's defeat of the Germans in the 13th century. Why? asked Sergei. Because no one knows anything about him, said the friends, but it's pro-Russia and anti-Germany. A done deal. I know, it is a masterpiece, but it is a very silly masterpiece.
Rated 02 Oct 2017
75
71st
Near-overpowering jingoism renders Alexander Nevsky as one-dimensional as would be expected of any Stalin-era production, but this never diminishes the immense scale and spectacle of Eisenstein's propagandist epic. At the film's centre is one of cinema's most memorable battle sequences, which makes the very best of some smart camera techniques, a rousing score and the forced but expressive acting for a spectacularly satisfying dose of medieval warfare.
Rated 16 Dec 2022
60
21st
Passable but underwhelming Russian historical epic. It's all really building up to the big battle. While the battle is impressive in scale, the execution leaves something to be desired, as it very much looks like people pretending to fight, complete with obviously pulling back to not hit people too hard, etc.
Rated 15 Feb 2014
70
96th
The main flaw is that it's characters are very sterile. It doesn't help that the Germans have the coolest helmets ever used in movies! Because the main attraction is that headgear! So I ended up rooting for the wrong team in the battle! And it's that colossal battle that is what this movie is all about. Countless faceless warriors fighting it out with swords, spears and axes. Definitely spectacular! The biggest quality for me was the cinematography. Accompanied by a complimentary soundtrack.
Rated 03 Oct 2008
77
66th
As with Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein displays his ability to create magnificent visual sequences with dynamic and expressive camerawork and with fantastic editing (both aided by a wonderful Prokofiev score), but as a storyteller he is very flat and dull.
Rated 13 Sep 2018
1
0th
Sergei Eisenstein's ponderously surging epic has a famous score by Prokofiev and a stunning battle on ice. When it's great it's very great, but there are long deadly stretches (which isn't the case with Eisenstein's other films). The plot has something to do with the 13thcentury invasion of Russia by German knights; needless to say, the Russians drive the invaders out. The propaganda isn't Communist but nationalist: the medieval story was used to warn Hitler to stay out.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
88
76th
#232
Rated 04 Jul 2013
37
48th
Remember being fairly bored by this at the time, but I like Prokofiev. Score might be off.
Rated 01 Apr 2018
80
81st
I just love Eisenstein's direction, with his long beautifully lit still shots and his editing consisting of skewed zooms. There's a lot to say about the nationalist agenda of the movie and the portrayal of Russian leaders as brave soldiers, but the accusations of jingoism are misguided as the Russians in this movie are only defending themselves, when jingoism is based on an aggressive foreign policy. Spoiler: they even release the German foot soldiers at the end.

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