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"Sergei Eisenstein, long regarded as a pioneer of film art, changed cinematic strageties halfway through his career. Upon returning from Hollywood and Mexico in the late 1930s, he left behind the densely edited style of celebrated silents like Battleship Potemkin and October, turning instead to historical sources, contradictory audio-visuals, and theatrical sets for his grandiose yet subersive sound-era work. This trio of rousing action epics reveals a a deeply unsettling portrait of the Soviet Union under Stalin, and provided battle-scene blueprints for filmmaking giants from Laurance Olivier, in Henry V, to Akira Kurosawa, in Seven Samurai."--Container notes, set box.
"Eisenstein drew on history, Russian folk narratives, and the techniques of Walt Disney to create this broadly painted epic of Russian resilience. This story of Teutonic knights vanquished by Prince Alexander Nevsky's tactical brilliance resonated deeply with a Soviet Union concerned with the rise of Nazi Germany. Widely imitated -- most notably by Laurence Olivier's Battle of Agincourt re-creation for Henry V -- the Battle on the Ice scene remains one of the most famous audio-visual experiments in film history, perfectly blending action with the rousing score of Sergei Prokofiev."--Container notes, Alexander Nevsky.
"Navigating the deadly waters of Stalinist politics, Eisenstein was able to film two parts of his planned trilogy about the troubled 16th-century tsar who united Russia. Visually stunning and powerfully acted, Ivan the Terrible charts the rise to power and descent into terror of this veritable dictator. Though pleased with the first installment, Stalin detected the portrait in the second film -- with its summary executions and secret police -- and promptly banned it."--Container notes, Ivan the Terrible.

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