Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson
General Suvorov was the third directorial collaboration between the great V. I. Pudovkin and his talented pupil Mikhail Doller. N. P. Cherkasov stars as Suvorov, the Russian general responsible for Russia’s victories over the Turks and the French in the late 1700s. The film climaxes with the Suvorov army’s dangerous crossing of the Alps. It was clearly the directors’ intention to draw propagandistic parallels between Suvorov’s victory and the more recent stand against the Nazis during the invasion of 1941. The winner of the Stalin Prize, General Suvorov garnered mostly negative reviews when it was released in the US, with some commentators decrying its “poor direction.” When seen today, it stands up as one of Pudovkin’s best talkie efforts, and one of the few post- 1933 films which truly lives up to his genius.