"Too heavy-handed for the Soviet Union?!"

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.

Give it a listen?