Sergei Eisenstein: Alexander Nevsky

As a third film I went to see, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, was Alexander Nevsky from 1938. The film is about the invasion of Novgorod in the 13th century, on one side The Teutonic Knights and the other side Prince Alexander.
It was the first of Eisenstein’s sound film.
Film score composed by Sergei Prokofiev.

A famous scene from this movie is a decisive battle on the ice of the frozen Lake Peipus.
Eisenstein made an analysis of the audiovisual technique they used. In the diagram below Eisenstein deals with 12 shots, representing the tense calm before “The Battle on the Ice.” The chart explains the connection between sound, composition, movement, and duration – the notes are arranged in this way so that he can demonstrate the tremendous precision of the audiovisual synthesis in this series of shots, especially in terms of its timing.

The technically innovative collaboration between Eisenstein and Prokofiev in the editing process resulted in a match of music and imagery that remains a standard for filmmakers.


Comparing to the other movies, I saw (October and Battleship Potemkin) I found this a little hard to come through; the lines were constructed and the message nationalistic, which in the end scene made sense in light of world war two.
There was less experiment with the editing/montage (knows from previous movies).

Eisenstein on the audiovisual, Robert Robertsen

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