Sergei Eisenstein's landmark tale of Russia thwarting the German invasion of the 13th century was wildly popular and quite intentional, given the prevailing Nazi geopolitical advancement and destruction at the time. It can still be viewed as a masterful use of imagery and music, with the Battle on the Ice sequence as the obvious highlight. A great score by Prokofiev was effectively integrated by the Russian filmmaker, but stands on its own merit as well.
- "Sergei Eisenstein's mannerist epic about the Russian hero who warded off the invading Teutonic knights is a near-perfect combination of image and sound."
- "Edouard Tisse's superb photography and Prokofiev's stirring score contribute to a rhythm that is well-nigh irresistible."
- "A spectacular lesson in medieval history taught by one of the cinema's great masters."
- "For his initial venture into the field of sound, Director Sergei Eisenstein's contribution to the screen is a spectacle of epic proportions."
Awards & Recognition
Top Foreign Film
National Board of Review