Film - Feature | February 16 | 4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Alexander Nevsky also screens on April 11 (with a lecture by Anne Nesbet) as part of the series In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries.
On February 10, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).
Eisensteins first completed sound film, Alexander Nevsky features not just a score by Sergei Prokofiev, but a brilliant formal collaboration, a form of cinematic opera based on Eisensteins theories of contrapuntal dynamics. Made on the eve of World War II, the film, though set in 1241, had the authority of a contemporary documentary: its portrayal of a nationalist hero in a peaceful village courageously confronting foreign invaders points to the imminent danger of a German invasion of Russia. The famed Battle on the Ice is memorable indeed, but the films calmer, lyrical moments emphasize how life is interrupted by violence, however patriotic the call.