Charge from the Russian past: proverb function in the classic film of Sergey Eisenstein «Alexandr Nevskiy».

K. J. McKenna


Before the Nazi invasion in Russia film director Sergey Eisenstein (1898-1948) got direct commission from the ruler of the Communist party, Josef Stalin, to make a strong emotional really patriotic film, able to set a strong Russian people’s approval for marshal and able to inspire people in their fight with  hateful German state. Eisenstein set events of his propaganda film around the historical figure of Alexander Nevsky, medieval Russian prince, who defeated knights of the Teutonic order in 1240. Considering that proverbs are carriers of the folk wisdom, Eisenstein filled his film with them. This article offers selection and interpretation of proverbs in the context of Eisenstein’s film, in the light of their functional and thematic roles.


Film; folk tale; proverbs; Russian history; Sergey Eisenstein


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