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Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« on: October 22, 2012, 04:00:29 PM »
A new film was released last month, called Orda ("The Horde"), which is about a particular episode from the life of St. Alexis of Moscow when he was summoned to cure the Khan's wife of blindness.  You can see the trailer for it here.
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Re: Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2012, 08:20:15 PM »
http://www.moscowfilmfestival.ru/miff34/eng/news/?id=379
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The first question at the press conference after the film set an energetic and intense tone to the conversation. The question was asked as to whether or not the Director believed that Moscow Orthodoxy was the only true faith with true spiritual powers.

I gotta be honest, I found it extremely interesting that the press is even pushing an agenda at these events, trying to call out the MP & their "agenda" behind the "agenda".  I liked the producer's response though. 

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Re: Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2017, 05:32:11 AM »
The movie is pretty awesome.
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Re: Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2017, 02:13:43 PM »
The movie is pretty awesome.

Thanks for linking - will watch tonight!
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Re: Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2017, 05:11:50 AM »
It's blocked in Poland :/
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Re: Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2017, 06:56:37 AM »
It's enjoyable but not great. A big problem is that it's not sure whether it wants to be a spiritual drama centered on Saint Alexis or a historical epic about the Golden Horde. Does it want to be gritty and "accurate" or spiritual and hagiographic? It waffles and loses focus. Still there are many beautiful and memorable scenes.
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Re: Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2017, 03:24:18 PM »
It came across more as a historical piece to me.
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Re: Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2017, 04:37:58 PM »
When I saw it a few years back, I found it rather confusing and hard to follow along. Perhaps I should watch it again.
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Re: Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2017, 04:43:23 PM »
The recreation of 14th century Rus'- mainly its liturgy and the humble fort-town that was Moscow at the time- seemed pretty serious and accurate, though I'm hardly an expert. The scenes of the Mongol court in Sarai seemed more... embellished. 
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Re: Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2017, 08:11:05 AM »
I need to read up on the Mongols again.  The last thing I watched referencing them was the 1965 movie Ghengis Khan and that was in elementary school.
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Re: Russian film about St. Alexis of Moscow ("The Horde")
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2017, 04:52:02 PM »
The film's overall atmosphere seems quite grim and appears more a historical rendering of the pagan forces at play in that era. I felt it doesn't really do justice to the triumph of Orthodoxy.
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