Aleksandr Nevskiy / Alexander Nevsky / Александр Невский (1938) DVD9 Criterion Collection
"Whoever comes in peace is welcome, but whoever comes with a sword shall die by the sword." With these words, says the legend, Prince Alexander Vasilievich Nevsky led the Russians to fight not only for their land, but against Teutonic imperialism. The year was 1242, and the Teutons had brutally conquered a large part of the Russian Empire in a kind of blitzkrieg of ancient times. The city of Pskov and the whole of western Russia had surrendered to the merciless Teutons, who then set their eyes on Novgorod, the epitome of progress of the Russian motherland.
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.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:48:34 | 7.04 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitle: English
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitri Vasilyev
Actors: Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitriy Orlov, Nikolai Arsky

Disc 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

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