This week Lost in Criterion is going behind the Iron Curtain to Soviet Russia for Sergei Eisenstein's first sound film, the historical epic Alexander Nevsky (1938). It's a highly influential film that Pat and I really an't get into. It's also anti-German, pro-Russia propaganda that was apparently even more anti-German when it was being shot. In fact after the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was signed in August 1939 the film was completely suppressed, until Hitler decided it would be a good idea to break the pact by invading Russia in June 1941. Certainly not the worst thing the man did, but a pretty terrible decision. The resurgence of the film after the invasion also garnered it the Stalin Prize that same year.