Sergei Eisenstein turns the story of the great Russian prince into an abstract exercise in visual and aural counterpoint—it’s more theory than movie. But Edouard Tisse’s superb photography and Prokofiev’s stirring score contribute to a rhythm that is well-nigh irresistible, culminating in the famous battle on the ice. Made in 1938, it was Eisenstein’s first sound film—Stalin had sidelined him for a decade. In Russian with subtitles.