Epic about the Russian prince Alexander Nevsky who defeated the invading knights of the Teutonic Order in 1242. More or less under pressure, Eisenstein left the path he had taken and made his first film for the general public. After a time of failures and a stay abroad, this film brought the honor and recognition long withheld from him. In collaboration with Prokofiev, he explored the relationship between image and sound. A magnificent spectacle.
When German knights invade Russia, Prince Alexander Nevsky must rally his people to resist the formidable force. After the Teutonic soldiers take over an eastern Russian city, Alexander stages his stand at Novgorod, where a major battle is fought on the ice of frozen Lake Chudskoe. While Alexander leads his outnumbered troops, two of their number, Vasili and Gavrilo, begin a contest of bravery to win the hand of a local maiden.
This screening is part of our Modern Classics in September. This month we focus on the stories that involve the music genre classical music in every facet. Each screening on Monday evening will include live music to set the mood.