Alexander Nevsky

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Kino Klassika Foundation and Regent Street Cinema are proud to present Alexander Nevsky –  the film that reinvented Sergei Eisenstein.

Having been the world’s most famous revolutionary filmmaker at the end of the silent period, he was frustrated for nearly a decade in tackling the new medium of sound film – until Nevsky launched him as the prophet of a new kind of operatic cinema. Working closely with Sergei Prokofiev, he created an ultra-patriotic pageant of medieval Rus defeating its Teutonic enemies that became the USSR’s greatest cultural weapon against Nazi Germany.

Like Tarkovsky in Andrei Rublev thirty years later, Eisenstein had reached back to a time so little known that he was able to invent a myth free of Soviet clichés. His film would inspire Olivier’s Henry V and many post-war epics set in the chivalric era.

Screened from a 35mm print with an introduction from contemporary composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev and Eisenstein expert Professor Ian Christie this will be a rare opportunity to consider the film that reinvented Eisenstein and had such an impact on the history of film and film music.

BBFC rating
PG
Year
1939
Running time
107 mins
Country
USSR
Format
35mm
Other features
S BW
Director
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Cast
Nikolai Cherkasov, Dmitri Orlov, Vera Ivashova

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July 7th