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Film to Table: Sergei Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky

Join Babette chefs Joan and Patrick and your fellow Eisenstein fans for a scrumptious dinner following the film. Film and dinner require separate ticket purchase. 

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Pickled Herring “Sushi"
Mushroom Consomme with Oysters and Wild Mushrooms
Beet and Apple salad
“Kulebyaka”—Fish and Mushroom Pie
Honey Cake

Eisenstein’s 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 Eisenstein’s 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 film’s calmer, lyrical moments emphasize how life is interrupted by violence, however patriotic the call. 

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