Author Topic: I just found a rare classic on Youtube, Alexander Nevsky.  (Read 476 times)

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I just found a rare classic on Youtube, Alexander Nevsky.
« on: February 04, 2018, 06:24:29 PM »
I saw this many years ago, a 1938 Soviet propaganda movie about the defeat of the Teutonic knights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmdgizZY9K8
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Re: I just found a rare classic on Youtube, Alexander Nevsky.
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2018, 04:20:59 AM »
Good morning, evening Hutch,

Pleased to find that you care about this sort of thing.  I first owned a vinyl recording of the "oratorio" background music written by Sergei Prokoviev about 1965.  I've owned more recent versions.  I was blessed two years ago to attend a live performance of the music by the Philadelphia Orchestra.  What was really cool about it was that they showed the film--your 1938 version--while the orchestra played the music.

The 1938 propaganda film of course oddly presaged the actual invasion in June 1941.  Somehow Eisenstein understood what Stalin failed to recognize. 

Although there is no movie to accompany it, if you find this era of Soviet music valuable--as I do--then you must listen to Shostakovich's seventh symphony ("Leningrad") to grasp the greatness of Russia's best artists during this period. 

Regards, and thanks for the post.

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Re: I just found a rare classic on Youtube, Alexander Nevsky.
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 04:48:55 AM »
 Youtube shut down the links/account  :icon_eek:
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Re: I just found a rare classic on Youtube, Alexander Nevsky.
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2018, 12:26:32 PM »
What a shame, its a masterpiece. A Stalin era propaganda piece that was known as the battle of the ice fought on a frozen waterway.
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