On April 28 the Russian Centre proudly presented the Soviet film “Alexander Nevsky”. This classic Soviet historical drama was directed by the leading Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein, and Sergei Prokofiev composed the stirring and beautiful musical score.

The film depicts the attempted invasion of the city-state of Novgorod in 1242 by the German Teutonic Knights, and their defeat by Prince Alexander Nevsky. Often “Alexander Nevsky” is considered one of the best medieval war films ever produced, showing in detail the decisive “Battle on the Ice” on the frozen Lake Chudskoe outside Novgorod.

This is a particularly relevant time to show the film as yesterday’s viewing came near the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the “Great Patriotic War” on June 22, 1941; and the 800th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Nevsky on May 13, 1221.