The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt
15 Jul 2010 at 20:00, EAST Creative Space, Tallinn
Cult Kino - Alexander Nevsky & Bad Boy Bubby
ALEXANDER NEVSKY (Russia, 1938) - 111 mins
Alexander Nevsky (Russian: Александр Невский) is a 1938 historical drama film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, in association with Dmitri Vasilyev and a script co-written with Pyotr Pavlenko, who were assigned to ensure Eisenstein did not stray into "formalism" and to facilitate shooting on a reasonable timetable. Alexander Nevsky was the most popular of Eisenstein's three sound films. In 1941 Eisenstein, Pavlenko, Cherkasov and Abrikosov were awarded the Stalin Prize for the film.
The film depicts the attempted invasion of Novgorod in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights of the Holy Roman Empire and their defeat by the Russian people, led by Prince Alexander, known popularly as Alexander Nevsky. It begins as the knights invade and conquer the city of Pskov with the help of the traitor Tverdilo and massacre its population. In the face of resistance by the boyars and merchants of Novgorod (urged on by the monk Ananias), Nevsky rallies the common people of Novgorod and in a decisive Battle of the Ice, on the surface of the frozen Lake Chudskoe.
BAD BOY BUBBY (Australia, 1994) - 112 mins
Bubby (played by Hope) is a 35-year-old man who has never set foot outside his mother's (actress Claire Benito) two-room slum. She kept him from the world outside, telling him that poisonous gas filled the outside air and that without the gas mask he would instantly suffocate.
When Bubby's father ("Pop" played by Ralph Cotterill) returns home after 35 years, Bubby is driven out to head into an inhospitable world.
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