The year is 1242. Looks like Rus is being invaded by Teutonic Knights. There can be only one Roman Empire and Rus will be part of it in spite of its self. There is only one hope if the Ruskies are going to repel the Germans; they must employ a fisherman, Prince Alexander Nevsky (N. Cherkasov). Nevsky has had a recent reputation for repelling Swedish Invasion; he is a natural leader and a great tactician. The question is will this be enough to turn a country of peasants into a fighting machine strong enough to repel a religious fanatic professional army?
This film is a well designed (screen play by S. Eisenstein of "Battleship Potempkin fame) and executed film. The battle scenes are only surpassed by recent productions as in "Lord of the Rings" and I am not sure some of the scenes were borrowed from this film. On that note the action is supposed to be taking place in winter. However it was filmed in the summer. So they had to spread some silica mixture over the ground to look like snow.
An added plus is the film score that was created by S. Prokofiev who is best known for his music "Peter and the Wolf". The movie soundtrack is worth purchasing in its self.
cette version anglo-russe est curieuse : les sous-titres anglais sont assez approximatifs dans leur rédaction...mais cela n'enlève rien à la majesté de l'aventure! un vieux film qu'il est intéressant de (re)découvrir...