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Published on May 24, 2015
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This film was produced in USSR in 1938. Director Sergei Eisenstein wrote a theoretical thesis "Vertical Montage" analyzing one of its episode "Battle on Ice". According to that thesis, there music and image are synchronized by the common linear figure. Music was composed by Sergei Prokofiev. Prokofiev himself was quite satisfied by the collaboration with Eizenstein. He wrote in 1939: "Meeting with S.M.Eisenstein left me a wonderful memory. Eisenstein is not only an extraordinarily talented director, but also a refined musician. Usually, after finishing the rehearsal, we invited Eisenstein to the moment of the recording music on the film. And he always found some details needed to be clarified, some dramatic effect that should be emphasized, and by doing so he made the quality of our work higher. Eizenstein's respect for music was so great that he was ready to "hitch" film with visual image forward or backward only not to break the value of musical fragment. Do I need to say that working with such a condition gave me a great satisfaction!" ("Muzyka v fil'me "Alexander Nevsky" from "Sovetskiy Istoricheskiy fil'm", Moscow,1939, p.26-27.)