Alexander Nevsky, one of Sergei Eisenstein's famous Soviet historical epics, is a monstrous and mounstrously propagandistic film that has left all sorts of influence in its wake. Pat and I aren't really into it, even with it's massive battle sequences.
It is also the film that marks the point in our journey where our episode numbers and Criterion's Spine numbers being to irrevocably drift. Nevsky stands alone as Spine 87, while also being contained in a box set with Ivan the Terrible Parts 1 and 2 as Spine 86 which we'll talk about next week in a double episode. Ivan the Terrible Part 2 has a standalone release as Spine 88, but not Ivan the Terrible Part 1 which is confusing and dumb. Criterion, stop being confusing and dumb.